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Reilly Smith may need to find a new line with Bruins

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Loui Eriksson remains in a green jersey at Bruins practices, a sign that he has not yet been cleared for contact. But with every day, every improvement, he gets a touch closer to returning to the lineup, and coach Claude Julien gets closer to having to make a decision.

Eriksson took some rushes with the third line Monday at the Honda Center, a group that (as of now) includes Carl Soderberg, Ryan Spooner, and Matt Fraser. It’s possible that will be the line that Eriksson will eventually rejoin. Or it could be his old line, alongside Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron.

As Julien said this week, “It’s a legit question and we’re going to have to look at the situation. I think everybody sees that [Reilly Smith] is playing well. So that kind of creates a situation there.

“When [Eriksson] comes back, he’ll have been off for who knows long, so do you put him right where he belongs? Or do you give him a chance to find his game a bit? Those are all the things that I guess are going to be talked about before that happens.”

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