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Daniel Paille examined by doctors after leaving Thursday’s game 12.08.11 at 11:21 pm ET
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Following the team’s 2-0 loss to the Panthers Thursday, Bruins coach Claude Julien did not have a definitive update on the status of forward Daniel Paille, who left the game after being hit into the boards by Krys Barch.

Paille was slow to get up and was woozy in his movements, suggesting he could be concussed. Julien would not confirm a concussion following the game.

“Not a concrete update, just that, as you know, he got dinged pretty good there, and our doctors felt that it was safer to not let him return and examine him a little bit further,” Julien said. “He wasn’t well enough to come back.”

The coach added that Paille was examined by doctors following the game. Paille missed three games last month after he was hit in the face with a slapshot by Islanders’ defenseman Steve Staois, and had played with a full cage until Tuesday’s game, at which point he went back to wearing a visor.

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Bruins-Blue Jackets Live Blog: Headed to overtime 11.17.11 at 6:51 pm ET
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Johnny Boychuk questionable, Andrew Ference and Daniel Paille may return at 11:58 am ET
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The Bruins may be down a defenseman Thursday, but they might get one back quicker than they thought.

Johnny Boychuk is considered questionable for Thursday night’s game against the Blue Jackets after he missed the team’s morning skate with flu-like symptoms.

With Boychuk potentially out, Andrew Ference may make a quicker return to the lineup than initially expected. If Ference is unable to go, the Bruins would need to make a call-up in order to ice six defensemen.

“Right now [Ference] is fine, and unless that changes over the course of the next few hours, we don’t anticipate calling anybody up. He felt good this morning, and that was something that we had to look at with Johnny’s situation,” Claude Julien said. “Had he not been, we would have probably been more cautious and called somebody up.”

Forward Daniel Paille is also considered a game-time decision for Thursday night’s game. He has been practicing with the team and wearing a full cage due to the slapshot he took to the face last Monday against the Islanders.

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Daniel Paille feels he’s inching closer to a return 11.15.11 at 1:58 pm ET
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The swelling has gone down, and now Daniel Paille feels he’s closer to returning to game action. Nevermind the fact that he’s just eight days removed from getting hit in the face with a slapshot.

“It’s improving a lot. I’m able to breathe through my nostrils now, so it’s a lot easier to skate,” Paille said after taking part in Tuesday’s morning skate. Tomorrow it should be completely clear and hopefully I get a quick recovery after that.”

Paille said that he could potentially play Thursday against the Blue Jackets.

“I think it’s a possibility,” he said. It also depends on the coaches, too. I know I’m able to play, but not quite 100 percent yet. Hopefully in a couple of days I am.”

The fourth-line winger has been wearing a full cage, something he said last week he would have to wear for a month. He’s taken a page out of Chris Kelly‘s book by wearing a cage that has the inside painted white so it doesn’t obstruct his vision as much.

As for how he feels, Paille, who is still bruised badly bud got the packing out of his nose this week, hasn’t had much difficulty physically.

“I haven’t really been bumped too hard, but I had a couple of bumps in practice the other day, and it felt good. My helmet went back a couple times, and it didn’t bother me at all,” he said. “I feel like it’s a positive thing right now, but we’ll see a little more tomorrow morning after practice when everything’s out.”

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Daniel Paille ready for the cage … plus, remember Chris Kelly’s cage? 11.12.11 at 1:18 pm ET
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Let the cage commentary begin.

Daniel Paille is somehow day-to-day despite looking like this. (Boston Bruins photo)

An incredibly bruised, swollen and stitched-up Daniel Paille took the ice for Saturday’s morning skate, donning a cage and skating for the first time since he was hit in the face with a slap shot from Steve Staios in the third period of Monday’s victory over the Islanders. He won’t play Saturday, but he is actually day-to-day despite not being able to breathe out of his nose and, (Shawn Thornton‘s words, not ours) looking like “a raccoon.”

“I woke up this morning and felt a lot better than yesterday. I just decided to go out there,” Paille, who will not play Saturday, said after the morning skate. As I pushed a little bit, I felt a little bit of blood flow through the head, but nothing to print me or stop me from going. I was pretty happy with the result today.”

Paille, 27, last wore a cage when he was 15 years old. He figures to be stuck with this one for about a month while his face heals.

“At first when I put it on, I had to look through the holes, but after a while I kind of got used to it,” the winger said. “You kind of ignore it. It’s a certain adjustment, but I think after a couple of skates you get used to it.”

If Paille needs any pointers on how to deal with life with a cage, he doesn’t have to go far. To his right in the Bruins’ dressing room sits Chris Kelly, who had six points over an eight-game stretch in the playoffs when a shove into the post from Scott Gomez left him wearing a cage from Game 4 against the Canadiens until the end of the Philadelphia series. Kelly had to deal with a lot of extra attention with the magical cage, but it undoubtedly took the Bruins a long way in the first two rounds.

“He just says that with time, you won’t even notice it anymore,” Paille said of the advice Kelly gave him. “I’m just waiting for that moment.”

Thornton’s raccoon comparison isn’t the only wise-crack Paille has heard since getting surgery Wednesday. He said that, among other things, teammates have told him that he looks no worse now than he did before getting hit in the face. It actually hurts for Paille to smile, so while he can’t laugh at the jokes being made, he certainly takes them in stride.

“Guys are getting a laugh out of it, so I’ve got to make the best of the situation,” Paille said. “The main thing is to be positive about it.”

Paille hopes to get the packing in his nose out early next week. He obviously isn’t 100 percent, but said that he could play despite not being able to breathe out of either nostril.

“I think eventually yeah, if need be, but it’s just a matter of adjusting,” Paille said of potentially getting in an upcoming game. “I skated out there, and the couple of strides where I felt like I was pushing a little bit, I felt pretty good about it.”

CAGE RECAP

To remember all of the fun we had with Kelly’s cage during the playoffs, click here, here, here and here.

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It appears B’s are sticking with Tuukka Rask against Oilers 11.10.11 at 11:43 am ET
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To the surprise of no one, Bruins forward Daniel Paille is officially out for Thursday night’s game against the Oilers. Paille had surgery Wednesday after getting hit in the face with a slapshot from Steve Staios in Monday’s game against the Islanders. Benoit Pouliot will play on the fourth line with Gregory Campbell and Shawn Thornton in Paille’s place.

Rich Peverley, meanwhile, is a game-time decision. Peverley participated in the morning skate at TD Garden, but so did emergency call-up Zach Hamill. If Peverley, who missed Monday’s game with an undisclosed injury, is unable to play Thursday, Hamill will skate on the on the third line in his place.

Tuukka Rask was the first goaltender off the ice at the morning skate, an indication that the B’s might be giving the young netminder his second consecutive start. Rask picked up his first win of the season Monday. That would also mean two straight games on the bench for Tim Thomas, who picked up a shutout in his last start Saturday against the Maple Leafs.

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Rich Peverley returns to Bruins practice, Daniel Paille doubtful vs. Oilers 11.09.11 at 12:18 pm ET
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Rich Peverley was back at Bruins practice Wednesday at TD Garden, taking the ice after missing Monday’s game against the Islanders with an undisclosed injury. Peverley wore a gray sweater and practiced on his usual line with Chris Kelly and Jordan Caron.

“I feel good,” Peverley said after the practice. “Day-to-day, but it feels good.”

Peverley had missed the team’s three previous practices dating back to last week, though he did play Saturday against the Maple Leafs. Peverley said he felt “OK,” against the Leafs and that it was “better to hold off.” He said that he feels he has a better chance of getting into Thursday’s game, though he remains day-to-day.

“I can’t really give you an update, but just by watching him, he looked OK,” Claude Julien said after practice. “We’ll find out more and see whether he’s an available player for tomorrow.”

With Daniel Paille having surgery for his broken nose Wednesday, Benoit Pouliot skated in his place on the fourth line with Gregory Campbell and Shawn Thornton. According to Claude Julien, Thornton told Pouliot “he got a promotion.”

Paille is considered doubtful for Thursday’s game against the Oilers, so expect Pouliot to skate on the Merlot line. Julien said Paille will be considered day-to-day after Thursday. Here’s a look at the lines:

Milan Lucic – David Krejci – Nathan Horton

Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron – Tyler Seguin

Jordan Caron – Chris Kelly – Rich Peverley

Benoit Pouliot – Gregory Campbell – Shawn Thornton

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