Ever since Boston Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien said that Nathan Horton
had left Friday's practice with "some discomfort" the Hub of Hockey had waited to find out if the big right wing would make Saturday's lineup versus Montreal.
There's no definitive word -- not yet -- but today Julien said that Nathan is "very unlikely for tonight and...still day to day."
That's where Paille comes in.
Paille hasn't dressed for the B's last two games, but he has played in five of the Bruins last eight and had three assists over his last four games played.
This morning, Paille, who has been a scratch for 23 games this season, talked about his mental preparation, given the possibility that he could see action this evening.
"Some games I know I’m not playing, but I've got to stay mentally focused in case something happens," said Paille, who noted his being inserted into the lineup due to Gregory Campbell
's bout with flu-like symptoms recently.
"And you know the other days where I know I’m playing I just...keep that focus just as strong as I can and just play as hard as I can everyday."
No player likes to admit it, but some games are just easier to get up for than others. Bruins versus Canadiens in Montreal's Bell Centre is one of those and Paille would very much relish the opportunity to take a crack at the Habs.
"Oh for sure," said Paille, who earned his 100th career NHL point on January 1st in Buffalo. "Every game playing against Montreal I get excited every time.
"You know they’re not cheering for us, but you know just the sound of the crowd you know wherever you are it’s a good sound.
"It’s that atmosphere where it’s going to be loud...but I think we should try to build on that momentum, focus and try to make them focus on us," he said.
Momentum is a word that has been thrown around quite a bit since the B's returned home from their 3-0-2 road trip and then lost to the Minnesota Wild and there's no question that Boston could regain a measure of that momentum with a "W" in Montreal.
"We know this is huge," said Paille. "We played a non-conference game last game and...we didn’t do so well.
"There’s no reason not to be ready for this game with Montreal, one point behind us. So we know that we have to be ready."