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Better News Than Expected

Paille skated, but Campbell and Chara remain questionable for Tuesday

Monday, 12.12.2011 / 10:15 PM ET / Features
By John Bishop  - BostonBruins.com
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Better News Than Expected
WILMINGTON, MA -- It was better news than most had anticipated.

Today, after practice, both Daniel Paille and Zdeno Chara each explained that they felt better than expected after injuries suffered last week.

"The plan is to take it a day at a time," said Chara, who suffered a lower-body injury during the B's win over Columbus on Saturday and did not skate on Monday.

"You can’t really put a time-stamp on it — [beyond] basically how it feels," added the defenseman. "It feels better than I expected and we go from there."

Paille was diagnosed as having a mild concussion after the Bruins loss to the Panthers last Thursday, but skated on Monday.

"Right now I feel really good," said Paille. "The last couple of days I just kind of took it easy and rested at home and made sure I didn’t have any symptoms.

"To be honest I felt pretty strong after the incident," continued the forward. "After that, it was just about maintaining that level of feeling good."

Boston Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien said Paille looked pretty good during practice.

"He looked fine. Today was a non-contact day, so he’s going through the protocol of what he has to go through and so far things have been going well," said the B's bench boss, who was also asked if the forward would play on Tuesday.

"Could be. Again that all depends on how everything goes," said Julien. "He still has to go through a couple of things and that was another stage he went through today."

The news was good on Chara, but unfortunately for Boston fans the B's big blueliner will probably not play versus Los Angeles Tuesday night.

"The only thing we know right now is that he’s day-to-day," said Julien. "That’s the situation he’s in.

"He’s improved...[but is] obviously pretty questionable for tomorrow and even I’d say doubtful, but after that that’s what day-to-day is all about."

Unfortunately, the Bruins can add one more player to the injured list: forward Gregory Campbell.

"Soupy took a shot in the foot the other night, so I would label as questionable tomorrow," said Julien. "Certainly he didn’t feel very good today, but he’s a tough individual, so questionable for tomorrow.

"He’s in a walking boot right now, limping, and he’s had treatments here this morning," added Julien. "So I don’t know exactly what the final verdict is more than they told me he was questionable."

Late on Monday, perhaps giving another clue to that verdict, the B's recalled Providence Bruins forward Zach Hamill on an emergency basis.

However, don't expect the Bruins or their coach to lament any players lost to the Boston roster.

"We don’t believe in changing our game because one guy is out or whatever the case may be," said Julien when questioned about Chara's injury. "We play the same way.

"We just need guys to step up and be able to fill in some of the minutes that he takes during the game and that’s as far as we’ll go with an injury."

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