Eriksson back at practice; Spooner sent down

Eriksson back at practice; Spooner sent down
November 4, 2013, 12:15 pm
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BOSTON -- The Bruins didn’t seem to change much in light of a lacking effort against the New York Islanders over the weekend, but they did welcome a healthy Loui Eriksson back into the fold on Monday.

Eriksson practiced with the team for the first time after taking part in Saturday’s morning skate at Nassau Coliseum, and was back wearing a gold second-line practice jersey along with Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and extra forward Jordan Caron. That means Reilly Smith was also sent back down to the third line after cooling off from a hot offensive start with the Black and Gold.

Johnny Boychuk was also back on the practice ice after missing the trip to Long Island with an undisclosed injury suffered Thursday night in a tumble behind the net against the Anaheim Ducks.

One player missing from the Monday morning practice session at TD Garden was Ryan Spooner, who was sent back to Providence after notching assists in each of his two appearances for the Bruins last week.

The move was a slight surprise given the way Spooner had excelled offensively with quick skating speed and playmaking ability, but it appears the Bruins aren’t yet ready to potentially expose Jordan Caron to waivers. Caron hasn’t played since coughing a puck up during a third defensive zone possession that directly led to a Jussi Jokinen game-winner on the road in Pittsburgh last week.

Here are the line combinations and defensive pairings based on Monday morning’s practice at TD Garden:
 
Lucic-Krejci-Iginla
Marchand-Bergeron-Eriksson/Caron
Soderberg-Kelly-Smith
Paille-Campbell-Thornton
 
Chara-Boychuk
Seidenberg-Hamilton
Krug-McQuaid
 
Rask
Johnson