Eriksson 'doing okay' recovering from concussion

Eriksson 'doing okay' recovering from concussion
October 26, 2013, 12:45 pm
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(USA Today Sports)

The Bruins will play their second game without Loui Eriksson tonight as the Swedish winger sits out indefinitely with a concussion suffered as a result of a John Scott head shot last week.

The NHL Department of Player Safety will hold an in-person hearing with Scott on Thursday at their New York City offices, and a lengthy suspension will be forthcoming. There’s been no tangible update on Eriksson since he arrived home in Boston on Thursday, and Bruins coach Claude Julien didn’t have much in the way of one following Saturday’s morning skate at TD Garden before facing the Devils tonight.

“Loui is doing okay, I guess, for a guy that suffered a concussion,” said Julien. “It’s the same thing, you have a good day and you have less of a good day. It’s early on, but like always you keep your fingers crossed that it’s going to get better sooner rather than later for his sake.”

Brad Marchand stepped into Eriksson’s spot on the right side of the Patrice Bergeron line along with Reilly Smith, and those three players attempted to create the same kind of energy and chemistry the line had been building in previous games. Clearly Marchand’s familiarity with Bergeron helped things got smoothly.

“He’s a good playmaker, but not only that he’s smart with the puck. He doesn’t just throw it away. What we miss is the chemistry he started to build with his linemates,” said Julien. “I thought that line was really good in Buffalo, and they had a lot of chances. So right now we take a step backwards because of that.”

Unfortunately, the Bruins have plenty of practice with players recovering from concussions with Marc Savard, Bergeron and Nathan Horton all having suffered serious head injuries over the last four seasons. So everyone is well aware that there’s no straight line in the recovery process for a concussion, and both Eriksson and the Bruins will just wait until he goes symptomless for a week or more.