WILMINGTON — Both Shawn Thornton and Daniel Paille were back on the ice for this morning’s partial team skate at Ristuccia Arena. Brad Marchand, who didn’t play on Wednesday, was being checked out and did not skate.
Thornton said he was cleared for practice and cleared for contact, but hadn’t gotten any word on his availability this weekend.
“I feel good. I’ve felt good all week,” said Thornton, who added that the concussion was only the third he’s gotten in his career. “I’m happy to be where I’m at now.”
Coach Claude Julien said all three were possibilities for Saturday’s matinee against the Lightning. On Marchand, he said, “He’s definitely not a write-off for Saturday. A lot can happen in two days, and we’ll see how all that works out.”
In other news, Julien said he’ll take the next two days and think about the top line and whether he wants to keep Tyler Seguin with Milan Lucic and David Krejci. Julien made the switch before the third period on Wednesday against Montreal and it paid off immediately with two goals.
“It’s something that I have to think about, for sure,” Julien said. “Do I try it a little longer or do I go back to our regular lines? And if the same thing happens, at least I know I can switch again. It’s something that, thank God I’ve got a couple of days to think about and hopefully the decision will be the right one.”
Even with a major snowstorm about to hit Boston, there has been no change in the schedule for Saturday. The Bruins are set to play the Lightning at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Tampa Bay plays against the Devils in New Jersey tonight, and is planning on traveling after the game, so both teams should be in town and available for Saturday.