BOSTON – Just a couple of games ago the Bruins were completely healthy, but now they’re starting to get thinned out up front due to injuries. The B’s had already lost third line center Ryan Spooner to a concussion in the Monday night's loss to Ottawa, and now it appears they’ve also lost fourth line winger Tim Schaller to a lower body injury suffered in Boston’s 6-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings at TD Garden.
Schaller was done for the night after just four shifts and 3:36 of ice time when he awkwardly crashed feet-first into the end boards, and then limped gingerly back to the bench before quickly heading back to the Bruins dressing room. Schaller never returned to the game following the first period injury and it sounded like interim Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy wasn’t expecting the young New Hampshire native back in the lineup anytime quickly.
“[Tim] Schaller is injured. I don’t have the extent of what [it is] going forward. But definitely, as you know, he did not return,” said Cassidy of Schaller, who has seven goals and 14 points and a minus-6 rating in 57 games in Boston this season. “I don’t want to speculate. I’m sure someone will put out a release tomorrow and an update [on Schaller]. I’m sure he’ll have a doctor’s visit and we’ll go from there on that one.”
The Bruins should be able to replace Schaller rather easily by plugging the hard-nosed, eager Matt Beleskey back into the lineup after after healthy scratches over the last few weeks.