WILMINGTON – Loui Eriksson was understandably missing from Bruins’ practice on Friday afternoon at Ristuccia Arena while undergoing necessary dental work following a high stick to the mouth in the OT loss to the Blues.
Maxim Lapierre caught Eriksson in the mouth with a high stick that “pushed his teeth in”, and went uncalled by the referees despite plenty of bloody evidence resulting from the act. Eriksson missed the rest of the first period, but finished out the Thursday night road game in St. Louis while hoping he could save all of his affected teeth. Jordan Caron skated in Eriksson’s place on the third line at practice, but the Swedish winger is expected back in the lineup on Saturday afternoon against the Ottawa Senators.
“Loui’s doing OK. The only reason he missed is he’s obviously getting some dental work done and making sure he’s all fixed up before tomorrow and before he leaves for the Olympics,” said Julien. “He should be in the lineup tomorrow; there’s no reason why he shouldn’t. I think it’s going to be a long day for him [today], getting his mouth fixed.”
Eriksson’s long day caps off a long pre-Olympic stint with the Bruins given the two serious concussions in the first few months of the season followed by Thursday night’s nasty high stick. The Swedish winger will undoubtedly be happy to get away from the bad luck in Boston while competing for Olympic gold in Sochi once things have wrapped up on Saturday.
Adam McQuaid was also missing from B’s practice with the leg injury. The rugged defenseman will miss his eighth game on Saturday, and Claude Julien voiced hope that McQuaid will be ready to resume regular hockey activity when the team begins practicing on Feb. 19 amid the final days of the Olympics.
Here are the line combos and D-pairings from Friday’s practice: