Injury updates: Ference, Paille and Pouliot

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins held an optional skate on Thursday morning as they prepare to host the Buffalo Sabres at TD Garden.

Injured forwards Benoit Pouliot and Daniel Paille, who recently suffered undisclosed injuries, both participated in the optional skate. Defenseman Andrew Ference (lower-body injury) also skated. While Paille and Ference will not return against the Sabres, Pouliot is expected to be in the lineup.

“He looks good. He looks fine. He told us he was ready to go,” said Bruins coach Claude Julien.

Ference has missed the last three games, while Paille has missed two.

“They’re not ready and they’re not going to be in the lineup tonight,” Julien said. “We’re still monitoring them and obviously they looked pretty good out there today, so they’re still day-to-day. More positive than negative in their cases and it’s looking better every day.”