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Loui Eriksson scored a goal for Boston in Thursday's 3-0 win over Washington.

The goal was the seventh of the campaign for Eriksson, who has missed Boston's last game with a heel infection. Brad Marchand and Gregory Campbell also found the back of the net for the Bruins in the victory.

Loui Eriksson LW BOS 5 Months

Loui Eriksson will return to Boston's lineup on Thursday night.

He missed Tuesday's game with a heel infection from a cut that he sustained while playing for Sweden at the Winter Olympics. "I got a cut in Russia, when I actually went into the cold tub," Eriksson said. "I got a cut on my heel. So it started to get infected here the last couple of days. I'm on antibiotics right now, so I think it will be healing pretty good." He has 22 points in 40 games this season.

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Loui Eriksson will be a healthy scratch on Tuesday due to a "minor issue."

Eriksson is still expected to play on Thursday. With the trade deadline on Wednesday, you have to wonder if the "minor issue" is more of an excuse to keep him out of the lineup ahead of a potential deal.

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Boston coach Claude Julien thinks that Loui Eriksson can build off his strong play from the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

"Loui was one of (Sweden's) best players," Julien said. "He played on the top line. He did a great job. When we left here, I had really enjoyed Loui's progression from his last injury. And going to Sochi and watching him play with his team, he was even better there. So I'm looking forward to seeing him back in our lineup, and if he picks up where he left off over there, I think we're going to get a pretty good idea of what he's capable of bringing." Eriksson's first season in Boston has been derailed by concussions, but he is worth watching down the stretch. He has six goals and 20 points in 37 outings.

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Loui Eriksson generated a goal and an assist in Sweden's 5-0 win over Slovenia on Wednesday.

The win puts Sweden into the semifinals of the Olympics Games, where they will play Finland on Friday. The points were Eriksson's first of the tournament.

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Loui Eriksson is slated to begin the Olympics on Sweden's top line alongside Nicklas Backstrom and Daniel Sedin.

There's a debate to be had about whether this actually represents the top forward trio for the Swedes since the group of Henrik Zetterberg, Gabriel Landeskog and Alexander Steen could certainly be the best combo. Gustav Nyquist, Patrick Berglund and Daniel Alfredsson will form a solid third unit while Carl Hagelin, Marcus Kruger and Jimmie Ericsson will round out the forwards.

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Loui Eriksson missed practice Friday as he needed dental work to fix some teeth that were pushed in after getting a high stick to the mouth in Thursday night's game against St. Louis.

The good news is that Eriksson should be fine to play Saturday afternoon against Ottawa in the Bruins' last game before the Olympic break. Erkisson is then off to Sochi to play for Sweden. Until Eriksson regains his role as a top six forward in Boston, however, his fantasy value for the rest of the NHL season remains limited.

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Although Loui Eriksson seems to be rounding into game form, Reilly Smith is showing no signs of slowing down and giving up his second-line position.

So for now and for the immediate future Eriksson remains a third liner. He will once again skate alongside Chris Kelly and Carl Soderberg. Eriksson owners are going to have to exhibit a lot of patience going forward.

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Loui Eriksson earned an assist in Thursday's loss to Montreal to extend his point streak to three games.

He feels he is getting back on track after missing a sizable chunk of the season because of two concussions in 45 days. "I feel good. The last couple of games I think we've been playing well, our line. It's better and better, every game I've played, so it's a good feeling," said Eriksson before Thursday's contest. "I just hadn't played in a while, so it was just the timing and being able to handle the speed of the game. It will come. The games I've played, the more confident I'm getting. It's a good feeling." He has 18 points in 33 games.

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Loui Eriksson scored a goal Monday versus the Islanders for the first time since Nov. 25.

Eriksson has appeared in seven games since returning from his second concussion and he has generated two points during that time. In 31 matches this season, he has six goals and 10 assists. The chemistry that Reilly Smith has with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand has kept Eriksson on the third line and his concussion problems haven't done him any favors either. His fantasy value is dropping dramatically for this campaign.