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WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Boston Bruins forwards Shawn Thornton (concussion) and Brad Marchand (upper body) are making progress and aren't expected to miss an extended amount of time due to their respective injuries, according to coach Claude Julien.
Thornton, who suffered the concussion during a first-period fight against the Buffalo Sabres’ John Scott last Thursday, was scheduled to miss seven to 10 days but he’s been symptom-free for the last couple of days.
“He’s doing really well,” said Julien. “There’s no issues there.”
Even though Thornton was able to ride the stationary bike on Sunday before taking a solo twirl on the ice Monday morning, the team will remain cautious.
“He’s feeling really good,” added Julien. “He’s been great. He’s been symptom-free for a few days now. Things are going well, but obviously there’s a protocol to follow and we’re certainly going to follow that to the letter.”
Marchand missed the third period of Saturday’s 1-0 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs after he appeared to have suffered a shoulder injury when he slammed into the end boards late in the second period. He did not practice on Monday.
“He’s also progressing very well,” Julien said.
Bruins forward Daniel Paille participated in the full practice Monday morning, but has not been cleared by the medical staff for game action. He’s hoping he’ll be back in the lineup Wednesday.
“I’m feeling good,” he said. “A couple of days off, I want to get the legs going again and I don’t feel too bad after a couple days, so it’s good.”
Paille took a high stick to the face late in the game against the Sabres and needed stitches below his left eye. There are no broken bones and no problems with his vision, but the team wanted him to remain in Boston over the weekend and not travel to Toronto for precautionary reasons.
"Luckily it’s not serious and I’m able to come back right away,” he said.
Bruins forward David Krejci did not practice on Monday and was given another maintenance day, but he's expected to practice with the team on Tuesday before it leaves for Montreal to face the Canadiens on Wednesday night at Bell Centre.
Julien explained it’s been a combination of the medical staff, the coaching staff and the players as to when they’re given a day off to rest.
“If they can benefit from a day off, that’s part of the [plan] I’ve been using about being more cautious. If they can benefit from it, give it to them,” Julien said. “Could [Krejci have] been on the ice today? Absolutely. So that’s why I wouldn’t read too much into David missing two days of practice. It’s so we can get rid of what’s bugging him right now totally, and it’s minor.”
Julien said he's hoping Marchand, Paille and Krejci will be in the lineup against the Canadiens.
“Right now there’s nobody that’s a definite ‘no’ moving forward here for the next game,” Julien said. “We’ll obviously make those decisions tomorrow. Before we leave, we should know who can and who can’t play on Wednesday.”
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