BOSTON (CBS) — Bruins forward Daniel Paille won’t play in Thursday night’s Game 4 in Detroit, but he is getting close to making a return.
Paille was cleared for practice and on the ice for Boston’s morning skate, and while head coach Claude Julien said the fourth-line winger isn’t ready to return to game action, he said Paille is “moving in the right direction.”
Paille also skated in Boston’s option practice on Wednesday, wearing a green no-contact jersey.
The best news from Thursday is that Paille, who suffered a head injury on April 12, has been cleared for some contact. And though he didn’t take part in any line rushes, his participation in the skate (which was mostly stick-handling in the neutral zone) is a big step towards his return to Boston’s “merlot line.”
No update was given on injured forward Chris Kelly, who has been sidelined since April 8 with a back injury.
With both Paille and Kelly out for Thursday night’s Game 4 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, the Bruins’ lines remained the same at their morning practice:
Milan Lucic — David Krejci — Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand — Patrice Bergeron — Reilly Smith
Justin Florek — Carl Soderberg — Loui Eriksson
Jordan Caron — Gregory Campbell — Shawn Thornton
The Red Wings, who trail Boston 2-1 in the series, announced Thursday morning that forward Henrik Zetterberg will be a game-time decision and likely play in Game 4.
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