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Bruins' Eriksson sidelined Tuesday by 'minor issue'

by Matt Kalman /

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins are scheduled to be missing one of their key all-round forwards Tuesday night and the Florida Panthers should get a newcomer in their lineup at TD Garden.

Loui Eriksson did not take the morning skate with Boston and was ruled out of the game against the Panthers by coach Claude Julien.

Meanwhile, Brandon Pirri, who was acquired in a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday, took his first morning skate with the Panthers.

"It's a young group in here," Pirri said. "And they're on the right track to do something good. That's what I was looking for, an opportunity to be a part of something. And talking to [general manager Dale [Tallon] last night, it was exciting to be here. And he says we're headed in the right direction. So it's very exciting."

Julien said Eriksson was out because of a "minor issue" and that the wing would be back Thursday when the Bruins host the Washington Capitals. The coach would not elaborate as to whether Eriksson is injured, sick or has an off-ice matter to attend to.

In Eriksson's place, Jordan Caron should play for the first time since Jan. 27.

"He's worked hard, his speed to practices and everything else is the same as everybody else," Julien said about Caron. "He's going to go out there, he's going to compete hard, and he's just going to do what he does normally, and that's just be strong against the walls, be dependable and go out there and play that kind of game."

Here are the projected lineups for both teams:


Milan LucicDavid KrejciJarome Iginla

Brad MarchandPatrice BergeronReilly Smith

Chris KellyCarl SoderbergJordan Caron

Daniel PailleGregory CampbellShawn Thornton

Zdeno CharaDougie Hamilton

Matt BartkowskiJohnny Boychuk

Torey KrugKevan Miller

Chad Johnson

Tuukka Rask

Scratched: Loui Eriksson

Injured: Dennis Seidenberg (knee), Adam McQuaid (groin)


Sean Bergenheim – Nick Bjustad – Brad Boyes

Tomas FleischmannShawn MatthiasScottie Upshall

Jonathan HuberdeauBrandon PirriJimmy Hayes

Jesse WinchesterMarcel GocKrys Barch

Brian CampbellTom Gilbert

Ed JovanovskiErik Gudbranson

Dmitry KulikovDylan Olsen

Tim Thomas

Scott Clemmensen

Scratched: Drew Shore, Scott Gomez

Injured: Aleksander Barkov (lower body), Tomas Kopecky (upper body)

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