The Bruins made corresponding moves based upon the massive number of injuries and the flu bug that have beset the Bruins, and the first one was to place concussed winger Loui Eriksson on injured reserve. The move will keep Eriksson out through this weekend at the very least, meaning he will miss at least three games with his second concussion suffered in the last two months.
It isn’t likely that the Swedish winger will be anywhere close to returning within a week given the multiple concussions, however. Eriksson was last seen slowly skating off the TD Garden ice in the first period of Saturday’s win over the Penguins when he was smoked by a Brooks Orpik shot on the first shift of the game -- a sequence that set up the rest of the ugliness that ensued in the first period.
The Bruins officially announced the call-up of Providence Bruins forward Nick Johnson along with moving Eriksson to IR, and the former UVM standout is expected to be in Calgary for Tuesday night’s game against the Flames.
Johnson has skated in 23 games with Providence this season, notching 11 goals (second on the team) and nine assists for 20 points (third on the team) with a plus-seven rating, and has racked up over 100 NHL games with the Phoenix Coyotes, Minnesota Wild and Pittsburgh Penguins over the course of his pro career. Johnson was the last forward cut during NHL training camp this fall, and the versatile forward has been pushing for a chance with the big boy Bruins while starring for Providence over the last few months.
Johnson is expected to take the place of Daniel Paille, who is out of the lineup for Tuesday night's game with an upper body injury. Johnson is a Calgary native, so a game in the Saddledome against the Flames would be a homecoming of sorts.
The Bruins have also been affected by a flu bug that’s circulated through their dressing room. The wave of illnesses prompted Claude Julien to send Zdeno Chara, Kevan Miller, Chad Johnson and Gregory Campbell back to the team hotel rather than practice on Monday.