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Stars looking forward to seeing Bruins' Eriksson

Tuesday, 11.05.2013 / 1:12 PM

By Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent / 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

BOSTON -- There's understandable hype around Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley returning to face the Boston Bruins as members of the Dallas Stars on Thursday.

Seguin and Peverley were integral parts of the Bruins' teams the past three seasons, including the Stanley Cup championship season of 2010-11.

But the game also will be the first opportunity for the Stars to face their former teammate Loui Eriksson, who was the centerpiece of the package Dallas sent to Boston for Seguin and Peverley. Eriksson will be in the lineup after missing five games with a concussion.

"For me, four years with him was great," Stars captain Jamie Benn said of Eriksson. "We know Loui's such a great player. He brought a lot to this team and it was tough to see him go."

In addition to Eriksson, the Bruins hope to have Johnny Boychuk back after a one-game absence with an undisclosed injury. Bruins coach Claude Julien said Boychuk will be a game-time decision.

Here are the projected lineups for both teams:

BRUINS

Milan Lucic - David Krejci - Jarome Iginla

Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Loui Eriksson

Carl Soderberg - Chris Kelly - Reilly Smith

Daniel Paille - Gregory Campbell - Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara - Johnny Boychuk

Dennis Seidenberg - Dougie Hamilton

Torey Krug - Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask

Chad Johnson

Scratched: Matt Bartkowski, Jordan Caron

STARS

Jamie Benn - Tyler Seguin - Valeri Nichushkin

Ray Whitney - Cody Eakin - Alex Chiasson

Rich Peverley - Shawn Horcoff - Erik Cole

Antoine Roussel - Vernon Fiddler - Ryan Garbutt

Brenden Dillon - Stephane Robidas

Trevor Daley - Sergei Gonchar

Alex Goligoski - Jordie Benn

Kari Lehtonen

Dan Ellis

Scratched: Kevin Connauton, Lane MacDermid

Playing for my favorite team growing up, I've probably scored that goal a million times in my driveway. It feels good to actually do it in real life.

— Dale Weise, who grew up a Canadiens fan, on scoring the overtime winner in Montreal's 5-4 victory against Tampa Bay in Game 1