WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Defenseman Andrew Ference (lower body) and forwards Daniel Paille (upper body) and Benoit Pouliot (lower body) were all missing from Wednesday's Bruins practice at Ristuccia Arena.
And even though Ference and Paille both skated before the team's 35-minute session, Claude Julien still termed them as doubtful for Thursday's game against the Buffalo Sabres.
"Well they skated for the first time today, on their own, so that's a good sign," said Julien. "They're still, again, day-to-day, which I would say doubtful for tomorrow. Unless something miraculous happens in the next 24 hours. But, they're obviously getting better. And we don't anticipate them being out too long."
Julien also called Pouliot day-to-day, but didn't rule him out for Thursday's game.
"He's day-to-day," said Julien. "We kept him off the ice today. Again, it's more of the precaution part of it. We'll see how he feels tomorrow, and make a decision based on whether he's feeling good, better, or whether he can go or not."
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HOUSTON - Justin Verlander remained perfect with Houston, pitching seven shutout innings when the team needed him most, and Jose Altuve homered and drove in three runs as the Astros extended the AL Championship Series to a decisive Game 7 with a 7-1 win over the New York Yankees on Friday night.
Acquired in an Aug. 31 trade, Verlander has won all nine outings with the Astros. And with his new club facing elimination in Game 6 against the Yankees, he delivered again.
After striking out 13 in a complete-game victory in Game 2, Verlander threw another gem. The right-hander scattered five hits and struck out eight to improve to 9-0 with 67 strikeouts since being traded from Detroit. George Springer helped him out of a jam in the seventh, leaping to make a catch at the center-field wall and rob Todd Frazier of extra bases with two on and Houston up 3-0.
Game 7 is Saturday night in Houston, with the winner advancing to the World Series against the NL champion Los Angeles Dodgers.