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Adam McQuaid leaves Sunday’s game vs. Blackhawks with undisclosed injury 01.19.14 at 3:52 pm ET
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CHICAGO — Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid did not play the final 11:26 of the second period and missed the remainder of the team’s 3-2 shootout loss to the Blackhawks Sunday.

Following the game, Claude Julien offered no update on McQuaid, who has missed a combined 17 games due to a lower-body injury that twice kept him out of the lineup for stretches at a time.

“I don’t like saying it the night of because he needs to be looked at by a doctor,” Julien said. “We’ll look at him tomorrow. It just obviously wasn’t good enough to finish the game, but we’ll evaluate him and at least give you a precise diagnosis on him.”

The Bruins only have six defenseman on their roster at the moment, meaning they would need to recall a player from Providence if McQuaid is unable to play Monday against the Kings.

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Daniel Paille practicing with Bruins 12.22.13 at 11:27 am ET
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WILMINGTON — Bruins forward Daniel Paille took another step forward in his recovery from a concussion when he practiced Sunday for the first time since being sent back from last week’s road trip.

Paille, who has missed the last six games, has been skating on his own since Friday. He wore a yellow sweater with Patrice Bergeron and Reilly Smith in Sunday’s practice in place of Brad Marchand, who was the only player from Saturday’s lineup absent from the practice. Marchand, who was hurt twice in Saturday’s game but returned to the game, will travel to Nashville and play Monday. Paille won’t make the trip.

Following the practice, Paille said that he had been experiencing neck pain in previous games and eventually spoke up after feeling especially uncomfortable on the plane from Toronto to Calgary last week. It was at that point that the team sent him back to Boston and he was diagnosed with a concussion.

“I wouldn’t say it was one hit,” Paille said. “For a while I was kind of just working on my neck and then I think over time it’s been hit after hit. I didn’t necessarily have symptoms back then; it was just my neck was really sore and hard to move. The travel from to Toronto to Calgary, it felt a little bit different and that’s where I said something to the team.

“But they knew — the medical staff and the coaches — they knew that my neck was sore, and that was the issue to begin with, but as soon as I told them that it had kind of progressed on the travel from Toronto to Calgary, that’s when they sent me back here.”

Adam McQuaid continues to practice with the Bruins as he works his way back from a lower-body injury. He will make the trip to Nashville and could potentially play Monday against the Predators after missing the last nine games.

The Bruins face an interesting dilemma with when to get McQuaid back in the lineup. If they hold him out Monday, he gets three extra days to heal but then will return to play back-to-backs Friday and Saturday. If they play him Monday, he’ll at least be able to get some rest before getting into his second game.

“To us, when a guy’s ready to go, he’s ready to go,” Claude Julien said. “You don’t hold a guy back when he’s ready to go just because you’re looking at the schedule. I think right now it’s a matter of if he’s ready to go, he should be playing. I don’t that we should be holding him back any longer when he’s feeling good. That’s a decision we’re going to have to make tomorrow. He’s telling us he’s feeling pretty good right now, so we’ll make sure that that’s the case tomorrow.”

Dougie Hamilton (lower body) skated for the second straight day. Hamilton took the ice late in Sunday’s practice and skated by himself.

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Daniel Paille begins skating 12.20.13 at 12:30 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — Daniel Paille skated Friday morning, marking a step forward as he recovers from what the team has only called “concussion symptoms.”

Paille has missed the last five games after being sent back to Boston from last week’s Canadian road trip.

“He’s coming off concussion symptoms, so he’s starting to skate,” Claude Julien said. “He’ll skate tomorrow and we’ll go from there.”

Adam McQuaid (lower body) practiced with the B’s Friday and has been practicing with them since Monday. Peter Chiarelli said Wednesday that the team might hold him out through Christmas in order to give him more time off, but Julien said he “wouldn’t write him off” for Saturday’s game against the Sabres.

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Bruins might hold Adam McQuaid out through Christmas break 12.18.13 at 2:21 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — Adam McQuaid continues to progress as he works his way back from a reaggravation of a lower-body injury, but the B’s might wait until after Christmas to get him back into their lineup as a means of giving him a few extra days.

The Bruins have three games before Christmas, with their last game before the holiday next Monday in Nashville. They won’t pick up their schedule until next Friday at home against the Senators

McQuaid will not play Thursday against the Sabres, so by holding him out two more games, the Bruins will allow McQuaid to stay out of game action an extra three days during the break without actually missing any games in that span.

“It might end up like that,” Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said Wednesday. “So, we have three games left. We’ll see how it goes, but that might be the decision.”

McQuaid, who has missed the Bruins’ last seven games, has been skating since last Wednesday and skating with his teammates since Monday. He isn’t sure if he needs to wait too much longer before getting back into the lineup, but he knows he isn’t ready now.

“I think it’s just about when I’m ready I’ll be ready kind of thing,” he said. “Hopefully that will be sooner rather than later. ‘€¦ Each day I do a little more and it’s just how I react to it. Hopefully it will continue to be positive and I can get back playing soon.”

McQuaid initially missed eight games after suffering his injury on Nov. 7 against the Maple Leafs. He returned to the lineup on Nov. 27 but saw the same injury pop up in just his third game back. Given that, he has said it might be worth it to be extra careful with coming back again.

The 27-year-old did say that he is noticing progress each day as he skates, noting that he’s noticed a difference from Monday, his first practice with teammates, to Wednesday.

“Yeah, I do,” he said. “Especially today, I felt pretty good. I feel good about that. It’s been tough to be patient with this, but I know that it’s the right thing and that it will help me in the long run.”

With McQuaid still out and Kevan Miller being sent back to Providence Wednesday, David Warsofsky will play Thursday.

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Adam McQuaid practices, doesn’t want to rush it again 12.16.13 at 1:14 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid returned to practice Monday as he tries to work his way back from a lower-body injury. McQuaid re-aggravated an injury that had previously kept him out eight games, and he has now missed the Bruins’ last six games.

The 27-year-old began skating again on Wednesday, with Monday marking his first time back with teammates on the ice.

“I’m coming along. Today is the first day with the team again,” McQuaid said. “Obviously it’s nice to take that step back out there with the guys and kind of do some line rush stuff and game action stuff. Very similar to last time, it’s just kind of a day-to-day process and see how things react.”

McQuaid said there was “a little bit of limitation” on the ice. He had said prior to initially returning from the injury last month that it was an injury he’d have to play through. This time, said he wants to be extra careful to not rush it and reinjure himself again.

“This time around, I want to make sure that there’s not that reaggravation,” he said. “I don’t want to be missing time again, so it’s really important to make sure that when I’m back I’m fully ready to go and not put myself in the position I did last time.”

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Adam McQuaid out vs. Penguins, Maple Leafs 12.07.13 at 11:41 am ET
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Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid did not participate in Saturday’s morning skate and will be out Saturday and Sunday against the Penguins and Maple Leafs, respectively.

McQuaid, who re-aggravated a lower-body injury last Saturday against the Blue Jackets, has been working out and will go on the team’s upcoming road trip, Claude Julien said Saturday. The team is aiming for him to resume skating early on next week.

With McQuaid and Johnny Boychuk (out three to seven days with a back sprain) both injured, the Bruins will rely on Matt Bartkowski and Kevan Miller for the time being.

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Johnny Boychuk out three to seven days with back sprain at 10:16 am ET
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Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli had an encouraging and somewhat surprising update on Johnny Boychuk Saturday morning, as Chiarelli revealed that Boychuk will miss “approximately three to seven days” with a back sprain.

Consider that good news for the B’s, as it was an ugly scene when Boychuk went down following a hit in the corner from Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty Thursday in Montreal. Boychuk was hunched over on the ice, placed onto a stretcher with his head immobilized and rushed to a local hospital.

“I think we dodged a pretty good bullet there personally,” Claude Julien said Saturday. “Those kind of injuries could have serious consequences. We feared the worst and I think we got as good of news as we could get. When he was down he couldn’€™t breathe, I guess he couldn’€™t move either. So obviously on the medical side of it, our trainers and the Montreal doctors did the right thing. They took him off on a stretcher, took him to the hospital and they got him checked out. After the MRI yesterday which we did, they found no fractures. So a lot of it has been based on him locking up from going into the boards; muscle spasm and everything else.

“We hope that it’€™ll be a quicker recovery, kind of sooner than later kind of thing. So it’€™s hard to tell how long he’€™s going to be out. Still stiff this morning, still walking around. With those kind of injuries, there’€™s always that opportunity that the spasm and the stiffness can go away quickly; you never know. Our plan right now is to bring him on the road with us. Certainly not playing tonight, not playing tomorrow — it’€™s not one of those things — but it’€™s a situation that we’€™ll see how it goes from there. I think his diagnosis was maybe three to seven days and stuff like that. Like I said, we’€™re lucky, and those kind of injuries, as you know, back injuries can have real serious consequences on the player’€™s future. Like I said, we dodged a bullet and we’€™re happy about the fact that it’€™s a lot less severe than initially expected.”

With Boychuk out, the Bruins will rely on either Matt Bartkowski or Kevan Miller (or both depending on Adam McQuaid‘s status) in the team’s upcoming games.

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