Boychuk is day to day, Eriksson improving

WILMINGTON — The Bruins traveled to Long Island Friday in advance of Saturday night’s game against the Islanders, who play in Ottawa Friday night.

Defenseman Johnny Boychuk, who was injured crashing into the boards in the second period of Thursday’s victory over the Anaheim Ducks, was at the practice rink Friday but did not skate. His status is day to day, according to coach Claude Julien.

“He’s feeling better, so we’re going day to day,” Julien said. “More than likely he’s on this trip.”

The concussed Loui Eriksson continues to make progress toward full health.

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“He’s still going OK,’’ Julien said. “As predicted, he’s taken some steps in the right direction. He did the exertion test so that he can start working out. It’s still a day-to-day process; whether he’s moving forward or whether we’ve got to hold him back, we’ll only know one day at a time.’’

Eriksson was injured when the Sabres’ John Scott blindsided him to the head in a game at Buffalo Oct. 23. Scott received a match penalty for the hit and subsequently a seven-game suspension.

Friday’s on-ice practice was limited to two lines: Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton- Daniel Paille, and Carl Soderberg-Ryan Spooner-Jordan Caron, plus defenseman Matt Bartkowski and goalie Chad Johnson.