The Boston Bruins take on the San Jose Sharks Thursday night in the first of two games between the teams and San Jose’s lone visit to TD Garden.
The Bruins (6-2) will be taking on a Sharks team that’s shown no shortage of offense through nine games, leading the league with a ridiculous 40 goals (six more than runner up Toronto) en route to the league’s best record (8-0-1).
For their part, Boston has won its last three games – all on the road, most recently having run over the Buffalo Sabres 5-2 Wednesday night. The win came at a cost however, as winger Loui Eriksson suffered a concussion on a blind shot in the third period by Sabres henchman John Scott. Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli issued a statement Thursday stating that Eriksson has been diagnosed with a concussion and will be out indefinitely. Eriksson had stayed behind in Buffalo for medical evaluation Wednesday night but returned to Boston on Thursday. Through eight games, the 28-year-old has posted a plus/minus of 3, with two goals and an assist.
With Eriksson out of the lineup, look for Jordan Caron to see his first action since the B’s took on the Florida Panthers October 17.
The shot on Eriksson came with the Bruins up 4-2, before defenseman Dougie Hamilton sealed the deal with his second goal of the season. Hamilton takes on his brother Freddie tonight, as the elder Hamilton was recalled by the Sharks earlier in the week. The 21-year-old center made his NHL debut on October 21 in Detroit.