Tyler Seguin returns to Boston Tuesday night for the first time since the blockbuster July trade that sent the young forward to the Dallas Stars.
The man the Bruins essentially swapped for Seguin will make his own sort of return Tuesday night. Bruins coach Claude Julien said Tuesday that winger Loui Eriksson “will definitely be in [the game].” The 28-year-old Swede has missed five straight games after suffering a concussion on an illegal hit in a game against the Buffalo Sabres on October 23rd. Eriksson was a full participant in Monday’s practice when he took part in his first contact since sustaining the injury.
Julien also said defenseman Johnny Boychuk is "more than likely" to play Tuesday as well. Boychuk left during the second period of last Thursday’s win over Anaheim after a hard collision into the boards and sat out Saturday’s game against the Islanders.
Like Seguin, Tuesday’s game will be Eriksson’s first time facing his old team.
“I have a lot of good memories from Dallas, when I played there, but right now they’ve changed almost the whole team,” Eriksson told reporters Tuesday. “It’s a brand new team for them, but I was in Dallas for eight years. You get used to everything there, and you miss some things there, but it’s nice to come here. It’s a real nice city to play in. … I really like it here, and the team is good too.