BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins have a couple of question marks at left wing heading into Game 1 of their Eastern Conference Second Round series against the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS).
Daniel Paille took the morning skate and has been cleared to play. He's been out since the next-to-last game of the regular season, including missing the five-game first-round series win against the Detroit Red Wings.
But Paille didn't take line rushes with his usual linemates, Gregory Campbell and Shawn Thornton. Instead, he skated with Patrice Bergeron and Reilly Smith at TD Garden because Brad Marchand was missing.
"[Marchand] took his option," Bruins coach Claude Julien said.
Marchand practiced with the Bruins on Wednesday but missed practice Tuesday.
Julien said although Paille has been cleared, it would still be a game-time decision to put him in. Jordan Caron has filled in for Paille with Campbell and Thornton, and played well, scoring a goal in Game 3 against the Red Wings.
Marchand scored 25 goals for the Bruins in 82 games during the regular season. He did not have a point in five games against the Red Wings in the first round.
Here are the projected lineups (for the Bruins, it assumes Marchand and Paille are ready to go):
Milan Lucic – David Krejci – Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron – Reilly Smith
Justin Florek – Carl Soderberg – Loui Eriksson
Daniel Paille – Gregory Campbell – Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara – Dougie Hamilton
Matt Bartkowski – Johnny Boychuk
Torey Krug – Kevan Miller
Scratched: Andrej Meszaros, Jordan Caron
Injured: Chris Kelly (back), Adam McQuaid (quad), Dennis Seidenberg (ACL/MCL), Corey Potter (upper body)
Max Pacioretty – David Desharnais – Thomas Vanek
Brandon Prust – Tomas Plekanec – Brendan Gallagher
Rene Bourque – Lars Eller – Brian Gionta
Travis Moen – Daniel Briere – Dale Weise
Andrei Markov – Alexei Emelin
Josh Gorges – P.K. Subban
Francis Bouillon – Mike Weaver
Injured: Alex Galchenyuk (lower body)
Scratched: Douglas Murray, Jarred Tinordi, Michael Bournival, George Parros