The Boston Bruins got off to a slow start this season, but there were a lot of positives going into their Christmas break.

Among those positives are the performances of Loui Eriksson and Brad Marchand. The two wingers have stepped up in recent games, giving the Bruins reason to believe that they can turn this season around.

Eriksson has six goals — including a power-play goal — with two assists and a plus-5 rating in the last eight games. He’s been getting himself in front of the net to create scoring chances, and his chemistry with Carl Soderberg and Chris Kelly has greatly improved the Bruins’ fourth line.

Marchand’s improvement is a more recent phenomenon, but as NESN’s Billy Jaffe put it prior to Saturday’s matchup with the Columbus Blue Jackets, the forward has been better when he’s not holding onto the puck and trying to make “nifty plays.”

Hear more about Eriksson and Marchand in the video above.

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