Daniel Paille and Andrew Ference were absent from Bruins practice this morning. Paille is still recovering from surgery Wednesday to repair a fractured nose, while Ference missed most of the second and all of the third period of last night’s 6-3 win over Edmonton because of a lower-body injury.
Neither player is expected to play tomorrow night. Coach Claude Julien ruled Ference out, and said Steven Kampfer will play in his place.
Paille all but ruled himself out as well. The winger was available to talk to the media and show off his wounds after practice. His broken nose was bandaged and stuffed with a stint. The right side of his face was swollen, very bruised, and where the white of his eye should’ve been, there was instead a splotch of red. A handful of his 20 stitches are on display at the point of his nose, with the rest beneath the bandages.
Paille will sport a facemask when he returns, though the timing of that return is still in question. He called himself day to day, but also said he likely won’t play tomorrow night against Buffalo.
Paille sustained the broken nose when a Steve Staios slapper slammed into the visor protecting his face.
“I felt it hit the visor dead on,” Paille said. “I’m glad I had it on.”
Staios stopped by the Bruins’ locker room after the game to check in on Paille.
Rich Peverley did practice at full contact. The winger returned to practice Wednesday for the first time in a week, but was held out of action in the Bruins’ games this week. His status remains the same: day to day.