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PHT Morning Skate: Loui Eriksson’s offensive game is picking up

Nov 26, 2013, 8:07 AM EDT

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After being hurt earlier this season, Boston’s Loui Eriksson is starting to find his offensive groove. (CSNNE.com)

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No Patric Hornqvist? No problem for the Nashville Predators. At least for one night, anyhow. (The Tennessean)

Who would Brian Burke pick to play in goal for Canada in the Olympics? He’d go with a guy who wasn’t even picked to go to their orientation camp over the summer: Carolina’s Cam Ward. (Calgary Sun)

Speaking of the Olympics, here’s a couple roster projections for Team USA from the guys at NHL.com (Corey Masisak, Dan Rosen)

Interesting idea from Ed Willes: Playing hurt could lead to head injuries for players. (The Province)

Oilers defenseman Justin Schultz said they “just didn’t have it” in their 5-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. (Edmonton Journal)

Ondrej Pavelec won his 100th career game by beating the New Jersey Devils. (Winnipeg Free Press)

Maple Leafs prospect Spencer Abbott is off to a big start in the AHL, but he has size to overcome if he’s going to make it to the big show. (NHL.com)

  1. amityvillefun - Nov 26, 2013 at 8:27 AM

    Eriksson’s goal last night was sweet. What a move! Smith had a goal as well and continues to contribute. Maybe the Seguin deal is going to actually work out well for both teams…

    • peterjohnjoseph - Nov 26, 2013 at 9:02 AM

      That trade helped in several other ways. Unloading Peverly’s contract allowed us to sign Iginla, and have some other space left for call ups. I also just don’t believe Seguin would be having the same production this year had he stayed in Boston. He just doesn’t fit the system. I’m glad to see him thriving in Dallas, but Bruins fans need to realise, we wouldn’t be seeing the same thing. Eriksson brings the two way game the Bruins need, and is getting more than comfortable.

      By the way, I think its time the league starts to take notice of Carl Soderberg. He finally is figuring out the North American game after being Swedens top player before leaving last year. He almost always looks like the most dominant player on the ice, and his play has opened up things for Smith. Him and Riley Smith are racking multiple points what seems like every game.

      • amityvillefun - Nov 26, 2013 at 9:22 AM

        Agreed on Soderberg. He’s starting to come into his own and is making the adjustment to the NHL. He’s a pretty big guy, so I’m hoping he can learn from a player like Lucic and become a major part of the team. He’s certainly on the right track in his last few games. Kelly must be psyched to have him and Smith on his line.

        If the Bergeron line continues to improve their chemistry and Kelly’s line can contribute, the Bruins will have 4 solid lines that they can roll, plus they have a solid defensive core with some vets and some talented younger players to draw from.

        For what it’s worth, I see an improvement in Marchand’s game as well. He was skating hard last night. When he gives 100%, he can be a game changer with his grit and speed.

      • jcmeyer10 - Nov 26, 2013 at 9:40 AM

        Agreed on it all. It’s fun to watch Smith, Soderberg and Eriksson really find their confidence as those guys scoring, take us from a good team to a Stanley Cup contender.

  2. bruinsfan55 - Nov 26, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Also agreed. Söderberg is really finding his groove in North America. Eriksson’s goal last night was sick. This trade is really working out well for both teams. Seguin is scoring and winning some game but really I believe Dallas is around .500 and Boston is getting offense from both Loui and Smith and we are winning games and are sitting atop the east. Let’s Go Bruins

  3. crazemastercraze - Nov 26, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    I’m agreeing to what you agreed upon 110% so that we are all now in total agreement

    • jcmeyer10 - Nov 26, 2013 at 10:48 AM

      I am agreeing with you 120% which means we are even more agreed.

      • ntvd7 - Nov 26, 2013 at 11:11 AM

        Get a room, you two! :)

        Eriksson’s a damn good player – Just took him a bit to find his game in Boston

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