Both Shawn Thornton and Daniel Paille returned to the ice today for a partial team practice. Brad Marchand did not practice today but did practice on Tuesday in Montreal. All three are dealing with injuries.
Thornton, who suffered a concussion against Buffalo, has been cleared for practice and contact. It is still unknown whether he'll be able to play this weekend.
"I feel good. I've felt good all week," Thornton said. "I'm happy to be where I'm at now."
It sounds as if Thornton could be really close to a return, maybe not this weekend but possibly for Tuesday's game vs. the Rangers.
"I've been skating the last few days and rode the bike on Sunday," Thornton told Puck Daddy's Sean Leahy. "Things are going well."
There was no word on when Paille would be available.
Marchand has been making progress every day since he hurt his shoulder against Toronto. According to Claude Julien, Marchand was being examined today and was the reason he didn't skate.
"He's definitely not a write-off for Saturday," Julien said. 'A lot can happen in two days, and we'll see how all that works out."
Getting any of the three back will be a big boost for the Bruins, who currently have a fourth line of all Providence players. And while they have performed well when called upon, they are no Merlot line. It will be nice to get the best fourth line in the league back together, hopefully soon.
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