Thursday night, in the early minutes of the B’s 2-0 loss to the Florida Panthers in the TD Garden, Daniel Paille
was hit hard along the boards, went down and didn’t return.
After an assessment by the team doctors, on Friday it was learned that Paille suffered a mild concussion.
“He’s going to be out for the time-being,” said Head Coach Claude Julien in Friday’s post-practice press conference prior to the B's leaving for Columbus. “[He’s] staying home.”
With Paille’s absence, fellow forward Jordan Caron
will enter the lineup on Saturday night and will be asked contribute the same energy as Paille.
The B’s rookie forward has played alongside plenty of Bruins forwards during in the 2011-2012 campaign and said he hasn't had any issues fitting into any trio.
“I think with every guy on our team it’s easy to adjust,” said the rookie.
Julien plans to slide Caron back in at left wing with Campbell and Thornton.
“I think Jordan will be a real good fit on that line,” said Julien.
“They’re two good players that work really hard and that’s kind of my style,” said Jordan, "keeping things simple and going to the net."
"Going to the net" is just what Caron and the Black & Gold will need to do in order to beat Blue Jackets goaltender Curtis Sanford who stopped 26 of the B’s 27 last the two teams met.
Caron has only dressed for one NHL game since Columbus came to the TD Garden on November 17th, but fortunately with the proximity of the B's AHL team, the young forward was easily able to travel and play in two games with the P-Bruins at the beginning of the month.
“I think those two games that he played in Providence helped him,” said Julien, who explained Caron might see time on special teams.
“I probably anticipate using him to kill penalties as well,” added Julien. “Whenever we’ve had him in our line-up and we’ve needed him, we weren’t afraid to use him.”
Whether it is on the forecheck when it’s even strength or staying composed on Columbus’ man advantages, Caron looks to provide a spark for the B’s who have dropped consecutive games.
“After two like this in a row we’ve got to bounce back,” said Caron.