Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 5/1/14
BOSTON — Daniel Paille will return to the Bruins’ lineup on Thursday night, as the B’s take on the Montreal Canadiens in Game 1 of their second-round Stanley Cup playoffs series at TD Garden. Paille has been out since the Bruins’ penultimate regular-season game on April 12 against the Buffalo Sabres. In that game, the Boston winger took a big hit from Jake McCabe. The result of the hit was Paille’s third concussion of the season. He said earlier this week that he probably could have played in the Bruins’ first-round series win over the Detroit Red Wings, but the Boston medical staff didn’t want to push things. Now he’s gotten a clean bill of health and will be back in the Bruins’ lineup as they face their biggest rivals. Paille’s return should help the Bruins on two fronts. The first is that Paille’s speed — he’s arguably the team’s fastest skater — should help neutralize some of Montreal’s team speed. Paille will also help out on the penalty kill, which could be very important given the animosity between these two clubs. Boston winger Brad Marchand is in the lineup, as is Montreal winger Max Pacioretty. Both players missed their team’s morning skate. Here are the rest of the projected lines and defensive pairs for Game 1. Bruins Milan Lucic — David Krejci — Jarome Iginla Brad Marchand — Patrice Bergeron — Reilly Smith Justin Florek — Carl Soderberg — Loui Eriksson Daniel Paille — Gregory Campbell — Shawn Thornton Zdeno Chara — Dougie Hamilton Matt Bartkowski — Johnny Boychuk Torey Krug — Kevan Miller Canadiens Max Pacioretty — David Desharnais — Thomas Vanek Brandon Prust — Tomas Plekanec — Brendan Gallagher Rene Bourque — Lars Eller — Brian Gionta Travis Moen — Danny Briere — Dale Weise Josh Gorges — P.K. Subban Andrei Markov — Alexei Emelin Francis Boullon — Mike WeaverFiled under: Berkshire Bank Exciting Rewind, Boston Bruins, Montreal Canadiens, Stanley Cup Playoffs, Top Stories

This article first appeared on NESN.com and was syndicated with permission.

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