Bruins head coach Claude Julien will be without one of his best pests tonight against Anaheim at TD Garden.
Winger Brad Marchand, who missed all of the third period Saturday night in the win over Washington, will remain out tonight and has been classified by the coach as day-to-day. The nature of the injury has not been disclosed, but Julien said that Marchand, who did not take the morning skate today, still feels a little stiff after a hit he took against the Capitals.
According to the official play-by-play sheet, the only hit Marchand took was from Caps rookie Marcus Johansson at the 15:41 mark of the first period. Marchand seemed to have taken a regular shift after that until departing the lineup late in the second stanza.
In Marchand’s place, you can expect Daniel Paille to skate on the Merlot Line with Shawn Thornton and Gregory Campbell. This means the Bruins’ penalty kill shouldn’t suffer a drop-off without Marchand, but it might be less likely Boston’s energy trio will cash in even if it generates its normal amount of offensive chances. Paille is goal-less in 11 games this season and hasn’t scored a goal since April 10 of last season.