BOSTON – The Bruins suffered an injury on a practice day where there were only a handful of players on the ice between Game 4 and Game 5 of their first round series against the Detroit Red Wings. Corey Potter and Daniel Paille were out on the ice engaged in a battle drill during an optional skate for the healthy scratches and injured players along with Chad Johnson, and it appeared Potter suffered a right arm injury pushing off Paille during a battle along the boards.
There was nothing sinister or unique about the play, but rather it looked like Potter’s right shoulder might have just popped out on him.
Potter went down in a heap while holding his right arm immobilized, and was screaming in intense pain as he was helped off the ice by Bruins trainers who ran out to him. Potter hasn’t appeared in a playoff game for the Bruins since his solid emergency effort in Game 1, but was the only right-handed shot available off the bench after Dougie Hamilton, Johnny Boychuk and Kevan Miller.
Potter played 16:57 of ice time while killing penalties in the place of Miller in Game 1 when the B’s rugged rookie was felled by a gastrointestinal virus that sent him to the hospital.
One piece of good news for the Bruins: it appears that Paille was taking more intense contact during Friday’s practice at TD Garden, and he may be approaching a return to the Bruins lineup with Game 5 on tap Saturday afternoon. Claude Julien didn’t give any update on his injured players during his meeting with the media on Friday afternoon, but clearly the B’s fourth line left winger continues to make notable progress from an upper body injury suffered in a big collision with Buffalo defenseman Jake McCabe at the end of the regular season.