Thornton/By S. Bradley

WILMINGTON, Mass. — Bruins forward Shawn Thornton practiced today without the shield that was protecting his 40-something-stitch cut above his right eye.

Thornton said he had previously removed it during yesterday’s optional morning skate in New York after consulting with trainer Don Del Negro.

As far as getting back in the lineup for the first time since suffering the cut last week, Thornton said: “I should be good to go” against the New York Islanders Wednesday night.

Bruins head coach Claude Julien was non-committal about playing Thornton, and after practice still classified Thornton as day-to-day.

Thornton said he’s supposed to get the stitches out tomorrow morning. That’ll leave a j-shaped scar which some might consider a symbol of toughness. But not Thornton.

“I do not think scars are cool, by any means,” he said. “I’m not in agreement with [the notion that it’s a mark of the battle]. I thought I was pretty.”

Oddly enough, linemate Gregory Campbell is also sporting stitches above his right eye after he was hit with a puck Monday night.

“Linemates,” said Campbell about the fact he and Thornton now look like members in some sort of cult.