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Eriksson (concussion) cleared for contact, ‘doubtful’ for tomorrow vs. L.A.

Jan 8, 2014, 7:40 PM EDT

Looks as though Loui Eriksson‘s return to game action isn’t far away.

Eriksson, out since Dec. 7 with a concussion on a hit from Brooks Orpik, was cleared for contact on Wednesday and listed as “doubtful” to play in Thursday’s game in Los Angeles, according to B’s head coach Claude Julien:

It’s been a rough first season in Boston for Eriksson, acquired as part of this summer’s Tyler Seguin deal. He’s suffered a pair of concussions on big hits, one from Orpik and another from Buffalo’s John Scott.

When healthy, though, the Swedish Olympian has been a quality producer. He has 14 points in 24 games this season and was averaging close to 17 minutes per night.

Following Thursday’s game at Staples, the Bruins play next on Saturday in San Jose. That’s followed by a return date home to Boston against Toronto next Tuesday, so it’s possible Eriksson could draw back into the lineup for one of those two affairs.

  1. gallyhatch - Jan 8, 2014 at 8:09 PM

    Great news.

  2. Moop - Jan 8, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    I’m very interested to see if he will work better playing with Spooner and Soderberg, considering there’s no chance of Reilly Smith being taken off the Bergeron line. Three potent offensive lines would be huge for the Bruins.

    • ironyisadeadscene - Jan 8, 2014 at 9:27 PM

      or Marchand moves to the third line

  3. blomfeld - Jan 8, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    TIME FOR A HOUSE CLEAN

    Friends, I think it’s time that we LA Kings finally ‘fire up the engines’ here and really kick things into gear ! And even though the Bruins were my first ever favorite team from 1966-1971, I say that they’re ‘just as good as the next team’ to use as a punching bag at this particular juncture. Our goalies have been ‘stupendous’ and our defensive corps led by Doughty and Martinez has been ‘admirable’. The thing lacking however is ‘scoring’ and that’s where people like Carter, Kopitar, Brown and friends come into play. We need to keep putting ‘pucks on the net’ like we’ve been recently doing, but we need to do that with much greater conviction and aplomb. Hit hard, hit fast, hit often and leave nothing to chance ! Let’s do a number on the Bruins tomorrow night and then carry on from there !

    GO KINGS GO !!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    and Happy Birthday dear Elvis !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

    • drewzducks - Jan 8, 2014 at 10:55 PM

      Shame on you for missing the obvious song choice, given the opponent.

      • blomfeld - Jan 9, 2014 at 12:17 AM

        one of my all time favorites friend ! :) … thank you and God speed …

  4. amityvillefun - Jan 9, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    Julien needs to be smart and put Eriksson on the LEFT wing. Having to look over his shoulder for passes up the off-wing isn’t going to help him “keep his head up” along the boards. For the time being, Loui is going to need to be conscious of getting his bell rung. A 3rd concussion might finish his season off, and nobody wants that.

    I’d bump down Marchand to a lower line and go with Eriksson/Bergeron/Smith.

    • nhloon - Jan 9, 2014 at 2:59 PM

      Agreed, although I think Eriksson could really make things happen on 3rd with Soderberg and Spoons.

      Marchand needs a speed guy and although Smith may not have Sequin type speed, he’s a great counterpart because Bergy is so sound defensively.

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