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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.

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 LucicDavid KrejciNathan Horton

Brad MarchandPatrice BergeronTyler Seguin

Jordan Caron – Chris Kelly – Rich Peverley

Benoit Pouliot – Gregory Campbell – Shawn Thornton

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Daniel Paille has broken nose, will have surgery 11.08.11 at 6:32 pm ET
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Daniel Paille was seemingly the only Bruin to not have a good night Monday, but it appears he will be okay after getting hit in the face with a slapshot during Monday’s 6-2 win over the Islanders. B’s general manager Peter Chiarelli issued the following statement Tuesday regarding Paille:

“Daniel Paille has been diagnosed with a broken nose and facial lacerations after the injury he sustained in our game Monday night. He will undergo surgery on Wednesday, November 9 at Mass General Hospital in Boston to repair the injury. Dr. Thomas Dodson will conduct the procedure. Following the surgery, he is expected to be listed as day-to-day.”

Paille was attempting to block a shot from Islanders defenseman Steve Staios in the third period, but was hit in the face by the puck. He remained down on the ice before leaving under his own power. He did not return to the game.

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Daniel Paille to see specialist after taking puck to face 11.07.11 at 10:35 pm ET
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While the Bruins had plenty of fun in their 6-2 victory over the Islanders, they also had a very scary moment in the third period when a slap shot from New York defenseman Steve Staios hit Daniel Paille in the face, leaving a pool of blood and ending the forward’s night.

After the game, Claude Julien offered little update on Paille.

“He’s going to be seen by a specialist tonight,” Julien said. Obviously a puck hit him in the face, and in the nose area. We’ll probably know more tomorrow, once he’s seen by a specialist.”

Upon getting hit with the puck, Paille remained down on the ice by the blue line and was tended to by trainer Don DelNegro. He left the ice under his own power, but left a puddle of blood where he landed. Stick-tap to twitter follower tkeays for tweeting a picture of Paille’s bloodied helmet our way. It isn’t pretty.

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Andy Brickley on D&C: ‘I expect moves to be made’ by Bruins 11.02.11 at 9:31 am ET
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Bruins color analyst Andy Brickley joined Dennis & Callahan Wednesday morning for his weekly appearance to discuss the Bruins’ 5-3 win over the Senators Tuesday night.

Boston broke a 3-3 deadlock in the third period with goals from Johnny Boychuk and Daniel Paille just 37 seconds apart. Brickley said that it is a big boost for a team when the fourth line is able to score.

“It’s huge. That fourth line isn’t necessarily a line you look for to score, even though they did last year,” Brickley said. “You look at the momentum changes, you already brought up the Thornton fight, that’s a significant contribution from those guys. Paille’s a really good penalty-killer, as is [Gregory] Campbell. Campbell wins faceoffs, Campbell gets in people’s faces. That’s the kind of thing you’re looking for. They may start a period, they may start a game, they may set a tempo, but when they’re actually putting pucks in the net, that’s huge for the entire locker room and the bench, everybody gets a really lift from that.”

Brickley was also impressed with the Bruins defensive play, despite the three goals allowed. Boston allowed just 26 shots on Tim Thomas, as opposed to the 41 shots the Bruins put on Senators goaltender Craig Anderson.

“I liked a lot of what they did, especially defensively getting back to the very foundation of what they are and trying to reestablish their identity,” Brickley said. “I thought they played pretty well against Toronto, but I thought from a defensive standpoint, that was probably their best effort last night.”

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