BOSTON (CBS) — A trio of Bruins were absent from Monday’s practice at Ristuccia Arena, but only two of them are expected to miss Tuesday night’s tilt against the Devils in New Jersey.
Forwards Ryan Spooner and Brad Marchand and defenseman John-Michael Liles were all missing from Monday’s session. Boston head coach Claude Julien announced that Spooner and Liles will not travel with the team to New Jersey.
Marchand, who Julien said is “just a little under the weather,” will join the team when they leave for New Jersey later on Monday. He leads the B’s with 34 goals this season, with his 55 points ranking fourth on the squad.
Spooner has been dealing with a lower-body injury for much of the second half of the season and did not play in the third period of Boston’s win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday. He’s missed just one game this season ahead of Tuesday, tallying 13 goals and 34 assists in 75 games.
With Spooner out, winger Loui Eriksson was spotted getting some time at center on Monday.
“Loui’s very capable of doing that and we’ll see where we go from there,” Julien said after practice.
Lilies suffered a lower-body injury last Thursday and sat out Saturday’s win, but did skate ahead of Monday’s practice session, according to Julien.