After two days of high-energy practices, Claude Julien  elected to make Tuesday’s morning skate optional. Just about everyone on the team agreed with this logic, as only Tuukka Rask  and Daniel Paille  took the ice.
Reading into things, this could mean that Paille might be the healthy scratch among the forwards. Brad Marchand  is eligible to return vs. the Devils after a two-game suspension, while Tyler Seguin ‘s recent play has made him hard to sit. The last two practices have featured both Marchand and Michael Ryder  on the wing opposite Mark Recchi , so if Paille is the scratch, Marchand could be a candidate to reunite with the Merlot line.