The Boston Bruins will be without Loui Eriksson for at least another week. The team plays three contests in that time span, and the B’s don’t expect the concussed forward to be back out on the ice at all in that time. Eriksson was able to visit him teammates recently though, and it’s always good to see a guy up and about following an injury to the head.
In good news dept, Loui Eriksson made an appearance at B’s practice facility. But he wont be on ice for at least a wk http://t.co/IAH2w3sMev
— Joe Haggerty (@HackswithHaggs) October 28, 2013
Brad Marchand will remain on the second line in place of Eriksson. While no precise timetable is known for Eriksson’s injury, we’ve seen players bounce back pretty quickly so far this season. Niklas Kronwall was able to jump back into the lineup for the Detroit Red Wings. On the flip side though, guys like Dan Boyle and Rick Nash continue to miss time after taking deliberate cheap shots to the sides of their heads.
This is a bit of adversity for player and team, and Boston has the horses to remain competitive despite losing an important top-six forward for the foreseeable future. The important part of the equation is obviously Eriksson’s long-term health. Coach Claude Julien spoke to ESPN Boston about Eriksson’s health moving forward:
He’s doing better. The one good news is he showed up this morning, came by, and that’s usually good news when a guy can leave his home and come to the rink. We’re taking it day by day with him. I think right now, you’re not going to see him for the next week, and I don’t think he’ll skate in the next week. We can put it at that stage for now.
The Buffalo Sabres will be without oh-so tough guy John Scott for the foreseeable future as well. After his hit on Eriksson, he was suspended indefinitely by the NHL.