WILMINGTON — Daniel Paille  took contact in Friday’s optional practice and hopes to return to the lineup from a concussion in time for Saturday’s game. He has yet to be cleared to play, but he said he feels no symptoms of a first-period hit from Ed Jovanovski that he took last Sunday.
Coach Claude Julien  said that Paille was “looking good” in practice and that the team would make a decision later in the day Friday regarding whether he will play.
“I feel pretty good,” Paille said. “Actually, this whole week, I’ve just felt normal, felt the same. I didn’t necessarily feel any symptoms really, but it was more of the way it looked, being [cautious] and it’s better to be safe than sorry. I just kind of followed the [protocol] to make sure I was 100 percent. After a few days, there was nothing.”
This is Paille’s second concussion of the season, as he missed seven games in December with a head injury. He said this one wasn’t as bad though, and if he is back Saturday against the Hurricanes he will have only missed two games.
“This past one was probably like one I had in Buffalo, where I took a hit, my head hit the ice and I got dizzy,” the former Sabre said. “I remembered everything, and the process with having any other symptoms wasn’t there. The same thing happened with this one. Obviously I knew I couldn’t play, but I felt good enough to play if I had to.”
Paille added that he had no problem with taking the cautious approach at this time of year, given that his priority is to be in good health for the start of the playoffs next month.
Said Paille: “There’s still about a month left in the season and it’s a push for the playoffs, so there was really no reason to push it at that point.”
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