Paille out with mild concussion
WILMINGTON - The Bruins will skate for a season sweep of the Blue Jackets tonight, and they’ll do so without fourth-line winger Daniel Paille.
Paille did not accompany the team to Columbus, Ohio, yesterday, remaining in Boston with a mild concussion, according to coach Claude Julien. Paille suffered the injury during the Bruins’ 2-0 loss to the Florida Panthers Thursday. Krystofer Barch was assessed a charging penalty on the play, but after seeing replays, Julien said he thought the check was clean.
The Bruins are unsure how long Paille will be sidelined.
“He’s going to be out for the time being,’’ Julien said. “They think it’s a mild concussion, but again, you never know. We’ll take it day by day. He’s feeling a little better today, which is always good news to hear.’’
Paille was forced out of the lineup for three games last month because of a broken nose. Paille sported a facemask when he returned, and ditched the cage for the first time Tuesday against Winnipeg.
Jordan Caron will jump into Paille’s fourth-line spot, just as he did when Paille was previously out.
Caron filled in for the benched Tyler Seguin Tuesday. Prior to that, he hadn’t seen NHL action since Nov. 15 against New Jersey.
“I didn’t mind his game in Winnipeg,’’ Julien said. “He had a good scoring chance and played well positionally and physically. He was strong on the puck.’’
With back-to-back defeats, the Bruins have their first losing streak since before Halloween. Starting with a Nov. 1 victory that ended a three-game skid, Boston gained a point in 15 straight games.
Among the toughest wins during the run was Nov. 17 against Columbus. The basement-dwelling Blue Jackets took the Bruins to a shootout, in which Rich Peverley and David Krejci scored for a 2-1 victory.
Columbus is still in the Western Conference cellar with 20 points (8-16-4), but has improved of late with a 5-3-2 mark over its last 10 games.
“They’re a big, heavy team,’’ Julien said. “We have to understand, it will be hard getting to the net. We have to get some pucks through and have to work our way to jumping on those rebounds.’’
The Bruins’ once-potent offense has become stifled. Boston pelted goalies Ondrej Pavelec and Jose Theodore with 40 shots in each of the last two games, but came away with a single goal while hitting a handful of posts.
“You want them to go in, but the fact that we’ve gotten the amount of opportunities we’ve had speaks volumes of how well we’re playing,’’ Brad Marchand said. “I don’t think we’re by any means frustrated right now, especially after the run we just had.’’
Columbus goalie Curtis Sanford made his first NHL start in three years in the previous matchup with Boston, making 26 saves. Sanford is 5-3-3 with a .917 save percentage and a 2.23 goals-against average this season.
Kaberle moved again
Former Bruins defenseman Tomas Kaberle was traded yesterday from Carolina to Montreal in exchange for defenseman Jaroslav Spacek. The Bruins traded Joe Colborne and two draft picks to Toronto for Kaberle last spring before letting the blue liner walk in free agency . . . Kaberle’s replacement in Boston, Joe Corvo, has been on the ice for each of the last three goals the Bruins have allowed. Julien thinks Corvo has been struggling with consistency. “His biggest flaw is how hard he is on himself,’’ Julien said. “It’s been a lot of things right now where the minute he makes a mistake, he carries that through the whole game and makes it worse.’’