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Eriksson, wounded Bruins making progress

Dec 23, 2013, 9:13 AM EDT

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The Boston Bruins have been hit hard by injuries this season, but they got some positive news on that front yesterday, with one noteworthy exception.

Forward Brad Marchand was banged up enough after Saturday’s contest to justify him skipping yesterday’s practice, the team’s website reported.

The silver lining is that he was fine to travel to Nashville and might still play against the Predators tonight.

In the meantime, Daniel Paille (concussion) took Marchand’s place on a line with Patrice Bergeron and Reilly Smith during the Bruins’ practice. He resumed skating on Friday, but he won’t be available tonight.

Nor will Loui Eriksson, who is also sidelined with a concussion. Eriksson isn’t as far along in his recovery as Paille, but Julien noted that he’s been feeling better.

“(Eriksson) doesn’t mind being around right now and that’s a step in the right direction where, at one point he couldn’t tolerate too much noise or too much activity around him,” Julien said. “So it’s a step in the right direction here.”

One injured player that might be ready to rejoin the Bruins is defenseman Adam McQuaid. He’s been sidelined for nine straight contests with a re-aggravated lower-body injury, but Julien called him a “possibility” for tonight’s contest.

Boston has a three-point lead in the Atlantic Division race, but the Tampa Bay Lightning have been hot lately. With the Montreal Canadiens also within striking distance of the Bruins, Boston can’t afford to slow down in the second half of the 2013-14 campaign.

  1. terrier92 - Dec 23, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Get well Loui. Relax and enjoy Christmas with your family. Don’t come back till you are fully healthy. You have a long productive career ahead of you here in Boston

  2. montrealbbr - Dec 23, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Karma. Stop being a dirty team!

    • terrier92 - Dec 23, 2013 at 10:34 AM

      20 years and counting tick tock tick tock

    • amerika1313 - Dec 23, 2013 at 11:05 AM

      You did read the part where it said Boston is still first in the Atlantic Division, even with all the injuries, right? Not sure you really understand the whole karma thing.

      Take a breath. Let the hate go. Enjoy the holiday.

    • thebarroomhero - Dec 23, 2013 at 11:33 AM

      Dirty team? Not sure how you came to that conclusion, especially considering the B’s are routinely ranked in the bottom of the league with player suspensions. Moreover, they’re usually ranked outside of the top ten in team penalty minutes too. But hey…I guess personal opinion has more weight than factual statistical data.

  3. greenmtnboy31 - Dec 23, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Keep your chin up Loui and watch where you’re going; it’s a contact sport and you might want to limit those contacts.

    • gino97 - Dec 23, 2013 at 12:34 PM

      If only you had warned Maxy-pad of that stantion….

      • thesportsjudge - Dec 23, 2013 at 2:36 PM

        Tell the same to Emelin greenmtnboy.

  4. charastein - Dec 23, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Well, well…. Look what we have here. Same two Hab fans trolling and giving digs about concussion injuries.

    Karma? Keep talking trash about injured players. Tis the season to enjoy the misfortune of others in Hab-land. Pathetic.

    See you in the playoffs. We will see how healthy the Habs are when it counts.

    • amityvillefun - Dec 23, 2013 at 10:58 AM

      Don’t bother man. They say the same dumb stuff and would rather revel in hating the Bruins over actually doing something productive and cheering for the Habs.

      Stereotypical trolls, man. Eriksson will be back before the playoffs and let’s hope his is the “game 7 heartbreaker” that Horton had in 2011 to send the Habs packing. That would be TRUE karma.

      Misery is as misery does.

    • mustangmach - Dec 23, 2013 at 12:13 PM

      Oh, you mean THAT Loui Eriksson? He of the SECOND concussion this year? The bloke that purposely put his head in the way of Orpuke????

      At least that’s the way you Orpuke trolls try to spin it.

      Orpik got what he deserved.

      • pastabelly - Dec 23, 2013 at 1:02 PM

        The karma was Orpick getting the crap kicked out of him by Thornton.

      • patthehockeyfan - Dec 23, 2013 at 1:45 PM

        pastabelly – I hate fighting and hate even more the concussions that follow.

        However, your comment made me laugh so hard I spit coffee all over my keyboard. Thanks. Twice.

      • thesportsjudge - Dec 23, 2013 at 2:37 PM

        Maybe I am in the minority here but, I didn’t want to see Orpik punked like THAT. I would much rather him have his ass kicked in a fight.

      • patthehockeyfan - Dec 23, 2013 at 2:45 PM

        I don’t think you’re in the minority, sportsjudge. I agree with you. Problem is, Orpik wouldn’t fight.

        After Orpik checked Ericsson, Thornton challenged him a little later; but, Orpik backed off and wouldn’t fight. Right after Marchand was kneed in the head, several Bruins and Pens gathered in front of the bench. It appeared as if Gregory Campbell was giving to, or getting a hard time from Orpik. Thornton rushed in and all hell broke loose.

        All in all, not a good day for hockey.

      • pensnr1fan - Dec 23, 2013 at 4:20 PM

        the Karma is that Thornton got suspended for 15 games and hopefully the NHL wont cower and change it.

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