Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk is considered questionable for Thursday night's game against the Blue Jackets after he missed the team's morning skate with flu-like symptoms.
With Boychuk potentially out, Andrew Ference may make a quicker return to the lineup than initially expected. If Ference is unable to go, the Bruins would need to make a call-up in order to ice six defensemen.
"Right now [Ference] is fine, and unless that changes over the course of the next few hours, we don't anticipate calling anybody up," Claude Julien said. "He felt good this morning, and that was something that we had to look at with Johnny's situation. Had he not been, we would have probably been more cautious and called somebody up."
Forward Daniel Paille is also considered a game-time decision for Thursday night's game. He has been practicing with the team wearing a full cage due to the slapshot he took to the face last Monday against the Islanders.
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