NEW JERSEY — Daniel Paille exited Saturday’s game in the third period against Buffalo, but Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien had a positive update as he addressed the media prior to Sunday’s regular-season finale in New Jersey.
Paille took a thundering hit from Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe in front of the Sabres’ bench in the third period and needed assistance getting off the ice and to the dressing room. He did not return to the game, but on Sunday, Julien said the fourth-line winger is “doing really well today.”
“We got some good news today,” Julien said. “He's feeling great, so it's just about going at it day-to-day here, but certainly real positive news.”
Bergeron also left the game against Buffalo early, not returning for the third period, but it was deemed "very minor" by Julien postgame.
On Sunday pregame, Julien reiterated that status. "Bergeron's fine. Very minor," said Julien.
Bergeron tallied his 30th goal of the season in Saturday’s 4-1 win over Buffalo, marking the second 30-goal season of his career.
Chris Kelly has also been out of the lineup with a back injury since the third period against Minnesota on April 8.
“Kelly's obviously got the back issue, and I'd say he's day-to-day,” Julien said. “Can't tell you how many days, because with the back, you never know.”
In light of health issues and the Bruins leaving players back in Boston for rest, they recalled four players from Providence to play in Sunday’s regular-season finale: forwards Craig Cunningham, Justin Florek, Alexander Khokhlachev and Matt Lindblad.
In other pregame news, the Bruins found out on Saturday night that they will officially take on Detroit in the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs.