BOSTON — Boston Bruins forward Loui Eriksson has had a rough year when it comes to injuries. So when he took a stick to the face on Thursday night against the St. Louis Blues, the Swedish winger had to be thinking “Why me?” yet again.
However, Eriksson was able to avoid a long-term injury this time around. While he did spend a good part of his Friday in the dentist’s chair, the Bruins forward will be in the lineup Saturday afternoon against the Ottawa Senators, Bruins coach Claude Julien said in his pregame media availability.
Eriksson has already suffered a pair of concussions this season, but he was able to avoid a similar fate this time around. He’ll look to snap a three-game pointless streak in the team’s final game before the Olympic break. Eriksson will represent Team Sweden at the Winter Games.
Here are the projected lines and defense pairings for the Bruins-Senators matchup.
Bruins (36-16-4, 76 points)
Milan Lucic — David Krejci — Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand — Patrice Bergeron — Reilly Smith
Chris Kelly — Carl Soderberg — Loui Eriksson
Daniel Paille — Gregory Campbell — Shawn Thornton
Matt Bartkowski — Johnny Boychuk
Kevan Miller — Dougie Hamilton
Torey Krug — David Warsofsky
Senators (26-21-11, 63 points)
Colin Greening — Jason Spezza — Milan Michalek
Clarke MacArthur — Kyle Turris — Erik Condra
Cory Conacher — Mika Zibanejad — Bobby Ryan
Matt Kassian — Zack Smith — Chris Neil
Jared Cowen — Erik Karlsson
Marc Methot — Eric Gryba
Patrick Wiercioch — Cody Ceci