The left winger on the Boston Bruins' fabled Merlot Line absorbed a brutal - but clean - hit from Buffalo Sabres' defenseman Jake McCabe during Boston's President's Trophy clinching win over Buffalo on Saturday afternoon - the 29-year-old so wobbly on his skates that he needed assistance to the room for evaluation...
...but Bruins' coach Claude Julien reported on Sunday morning that Paille was doing much better than when we last saw him doing the rubber chicken dance after McCabe flattened him.
Coach says Paille is "doing great" and is day to day ^JI
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) April 13, 2014
“We got some good news today,” Julien told beat writers. “He's feeling great, so it's just about going at it day-to-day here, but certainly real positive news.”
Perhaps "amazing news" would have been a more prudent way to put it, regardless, the news is welcome in that the Bruins' normally roll with four lines - their third and fourth lines are widely considered the best in the National Hockey League - but one would figure that a fourth line without one of it's main contributors would be cause for Julien to reduce it's ice time in the post-season.
Paille is an essential cog to the fourth line, averaging 12 minutes of ice time per game, matching his goals production with nine dimes and earning a plus-nine rating for the season.