Eriksson will be returning from a concussion he received from a vicious elbow to the hit from Buffalo Sabres' enforcer John Scott. Scott, a first-time offender with the NHL, received a light 7-game suspension.
Eriksson's speedy recovery from said concussion should be a sign of relief for fans and the organization. Important Bruins players such as Patrice Bergeron, and Marc Savard, the latter of whose career is virtually over, have had struggles with post-concussion like symptoms that have kept them out for extended periods of time.
Eriksson's return is a reunion of sorts, as the Bruins will face his former team, the Dallas Stars. As much as the focus will be on Tyler Seguin's return to Boston, the game seems to matter to the former Star, too.
Talking to reporters, Eriksson said:
"You always want to play in games and, especially, tomorrow. It’s going to be a big game for me. We’ll see what happens today.”
Eriksson was seen skating with the second line, and his return should help an offense that has been in the middle of the pack in terms of goals per game (2.7). It may take some time for the Swedish sniper to find his legs, but if the Bruins medical staff is comfortable with putting him back out there this quickly, then hopefully there will not be any lingering issues.
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