Head Coach Claude Julien spoke to the hockey press, pregame and gave an update on forward Brad Marchand
|Boston Bruins left wing Daniel Paille goes airborne as he collides with Florida Panthers defenseman Dmitry Kulikov during the first period of their NHL hockey game in Boston, Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) |
"Yeah, he’s day-to-day," said Julien. "From what we know right now it’s not long term.
"He’s still stiff and that’s all I can basically tell you right now and that I guess it escalated from that hit near the penalty box the other day [Saturday vs. Washington].
"So hopefully we get him back soon," he said.
It stands to reason that Daniel Paille
(0-1-1 in 20 games) will find himself back in the lineup versus the Anaheim Ducks.
Paille, who is just three points shy of 100 in his NHL career, has been a healthy scratch for the last two games after finding himself in the lineup for the previous four.
He has been a healthy scratch for 20 games this season, but Julien thinks that Paille has done a good job of remaining ready to play.
"He’s done a tremendous job I think," said Julien of Paille, who is 45-52-97 in 280 career games. "He is one of those guys that’s ‘team first’ and you know he wants to play but he also understands his situation and he is certainly not going to disrupt the dressing room because he wants to be a part of this team and his teammates respect him a lot for that.
"He’s worked hard in practices. He’s done everything he can to be as sharp as he can be. Right now, we are encouraging him to play with a lot of confidence because when his confidence is there he is a really good player. He forechecks well, he skates well and he gets on top of player really quickly."
And Julien has seen Paille contribute in a big way since he was acquired by the B's on October 20, 2009.
"Even last year, remember when he had some pretty nice goals, just from the effort that he put into the forecheck and then jumping on that loose puck? You really want to see him find that part of his game," said the head coach.
As such, the B's have no qualms about inserting him to the lineup.
"He’s been fine," said Julien. "He’s been working out a lot and doing extra.
"His missed the last few games, but he’s played at least a little bit lately, so he’s fine."
Julien seemed more concerned about the team in the visiting dressing room.
"They’ve got -- obviously -- some great players, you know, [Ryan] Getzlaf, [Teemu] Selanne, [Saku] Koivu and [Corey] Perry, just to name a few," said Julien. "Even Bobby Ryan is a good, young, up-and-coming player.
"I think they’re built a lot, in certain ways [similar to] Philadelphia and what we’re trying to do here, probably more size and strength.
"They play a heavy game. That’s what you can expect from those guys. They’re obviously coming in here very hungry with what’s happened and hopefully our desperation is as good, if not better," he said.