Paille likely is out
Wing has surgery on broken nose
Bruins winger Daniel Paille will almost certainly miss tonight’s game against Edmonton at TD Garden after having surgery yesterday morning to repair a fractured nose.
Paille sustained his injury Monday when a slap shot by the Islanders’ Steve Staios caught him square in the face. The winger fell to a heap on the ice, leaving behind a puddle of blood as trainers rushed him to the locker room.
Coach Claude Julien termed Paille doubtful for tonight, but expects him to be day-to-day after that.
Meanwhile, Rich Peverley returned to practice after missing Monday’s 6-2 win with an undisclosed injury, but he is anything but certain to go tonight, so the Bruins recalled forward Zach Hamill from Providence.
Benoit Pouliot is expected to skate in Paille’s fourth-line spot. Pouliot, signed as a free agent over the summer, notched his first point on Monday, poking a loose puck by Evgeni Nabokov 92 seconds into the first period.
“To me, [Pouliot] is a guy who skates hard and forechecks,’’ Julien said. “He’s everywhere, and that’s what that line is all about - buzzing around and putting a lot of pressure on the other team. I’m sure he’ll handle it well.’’
“I want to be able to play,’’ said Peverley, “but if I’m going to play, I want to be able to do something out there.’’
Tyler Seguin, who is tied for 13th in the NHL in scoring with 15 points, won’t be the only young star on display tonight at the Garden.
The Oilers bring in the last two No. 1 overall picks in Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Taylor Hall.
Hall, selected a spot before Seguin in the 2010 draft, put together a 22-20–42 line in 65 games with Edmonton last year, and Nugent-Hopkins has exploded to a 6-6-12 start in 14 games this season.
They lead an ahead-of-schedule youth movement in Edmonton that has the Oilers perched atop the Northwest Division at 9-3-2.
Julien thinks the success of the league’s young players reflects how the game’s style has changed.
“The clutching and grabbing from before, slowing down, meant that those young players, to me, coming into the league, were probably not strong enough to deal with that,’’ he said. “It took away a lot of their skill and what they could bring to the table.
“Now that there is no holding back and slowing guys down, they’re able to showcase their talents quicker and better. That would be the one thing that sticks out in my mind.’’