BOSTON -- The Bruins should have their full lineup when they take the ice against the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night.
Bruins coach Claude Julien confirmed that Loui Eriksson passed his concussion tests on Monday and will indeed be in the lineup against his former Dallas hockey club.
Eriksson has been on the ice for five straight days without a hint of his concussion symptoms returning, and though he wouldn't say if he would be in the lineup on Tuesday morning, he explained he was ready to go after missing two weeks with the first major concussion of his hockey career.
“The testing all came out pretty good,” said Eriksson. “I don’t think I’ll be thinking much about it if I play tonight. Obviously I’m going to do the things I’m good at, and not think about the last game I played. I’m just happy that I’m feeling good now, and that I had a good recovery.”
Clearly everyone is focused on the return of Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley to Boston, but tonight's game will also be about Eriksson and Reilly Smith playing their first game against their former team, the Stars.
Johnny Boychuk is "likely" to return to the Bruins lineup, according to Julien, after missing last weekend’s game with the New York Islanders with a back issue.
If Boychuk returns, it’s expected that Matt Bartkowski will head to the press box as a healthy scratch. Eriksson's return means Reilly Smith will likely be returned to the third-line role in which he started the season.
Tuukka Rask was the first goaltender off the ice for the Bruins, and will be making his twelfth start of the season after taking a breather over the weekend while Chad Johnson shouldered the loss on Long Island.
Here are the line combos and D-pairings based on morning skate: