The Bruins had Tuesday off, getting a break from practice after winning their third straight game in convincing fashion Monday night against the Islanders.
Daniel Paille will be off the ice a little longer, as that win came at a cost. Paille was injured in the third period when struck in the face with a shot by New York defenseman Steve Staios. Paille was wearing a protective visor, but still was seriously hurt and after several moments on the ice, left under his own power bleeding heavily and did not return.
Late Tuesday afternoon, the Bruins updated Paille's condition with a statement from general manager Peter Chiarelli.
"Daniel Paille has been diagnosed with a broken nose and facial lacerations after the injury he sustained in our game Monday night," the statement read. "He will undergo surgery on Wednesday, Nov. 9 at Mass General Hospital in Boston to repair the injury. Dr. Thomas Dodson will conduct the procedure. Following the surgery, he is expected to be listed as day-to-day."
Paille has played in every game this season, scoring a pair of goals in 13 games. He's also been a key part of a penalty-killing unit that has killed off all 11 power-play opportunities against Boston during the Bruins' three-game win streak and is at 88.5 percent overall this season.
If Paille is unable to play Thursday against Edmonton, Benoit Pouliot and Jordan Caron will likely both remain in the lineup. Pouliot scored his first goal of the season on Monday, with Caron picking up his first point with an assist on the play. Pouliot had sat out the previous three games, while Caron has been scratched five times this year.
Both were in the lineup Monday because Rich Peverley missed his first game of the year with an undisclosed injury. If both Peverley and Paille remain out on Thursday, the Bruins will need to recall someone from Providence. Candidates would likely include Zach Hamill, who leads Providence with 5-5-10 totals in 14 games, and Carter Camper, who has 2-6-8 totals in 13 games. Lane MacDermid, who has 2-3-5 totals and 36 penalty minutes, could be a better fit replacing Paille in a fourth-line role.