Paille skates, hopeful he can play Saturday vs. Hurricanes

Paille skates, hopeful he can play Saturday vs. Hurricanes
March 14, 2014, 2:15 pm
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WILMINGTON – Daniel Paille has missed a pair of games since absorbing a hit from Ed Jovanovski on his first shift of the Sunday win over the Florida Panthers, and the Bruins diagnosed his symptoms as a concussion. It’s clearly the correct, careful approach for a player in Paille that’s already dealt with post-concussion issues this season back in December, but the fourth line winger was back out on the ice at Ristuccia Arena on Friday morning.

Paille remains a possibility for Saturday’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes, but confirmed to the media that he hasn’t yet been medically cleared to play after going through his first practice.

“I haven’t had any issues. I haven’t had any setbacks,” said Paille. “Hopefully I’m cleared [tomorrow]. I’m not quite there yet, but I’m positive about my chances to play. If I get cleared then that’s great.

“We’ll talk to some doctors today, and hopefully get everything taken care of today. If not [today], then most likely tomorrow. After any type of injury there’s doubt or concern, but once you get through that first shift you start feeling a lot better about the process. Obviously it’s my second one, but I’m lucky enough – knock on wood – that my concussions haven’t been too serious.”

One other thing Paille was clear about: he didn’t hold any ill will for a high hit from Jovanovski that the left wing turned into at the last minute on that long first shift of Sunday’s game. He said he initially thought he was slew-footed by Jovanovski, but it was clear that their legs just got tangled after watching the play again on video.

“I remember trying to do the play, and I knew he was coming at me. I think he might have thought I was going one way, so I tried to cut back,” said Paille. “When you cut back like that you take chances on being vulnerable, and I was vulnerable there.

“Usually I’m a little bit better at protecting myself. When he hit me I obviously couldn’t defend myself on the ice. I’m usually a little more aware, but I’ll definitely learn from it moving forward.

Clearly there’s no rush to hustle Paille back into the lineup with the Bruins enjoying a 15-point lead in the division, and battling neck-and-neck with the Pittsburgh Penguins for Eastern Conference supremacy.

Paille missed seven games back in December with the first concussion, and has now missed a total of nine games with concussions this season as a result of the two injuries. Jordan Caron has filled in for Paille on the fourth line for the last couple of wins against the Canadiens and Coyotes, but the Bruins also called up Matthew Lindblad as a potential fourth line candidate should Paille get held out for one more game this weekend.