The Bruins, who have spent the last month losing player after player, might start getting a few back in the near future. Coach Claude Julien said that both Dougie Hamilton and Carl Soderberg have been cleared to play Thursday against the Predators.
On Hamilton, the coach said, “He’s been given the full go by our medical staff here. I’m hoping that if he’s good tomorrow that I get a chance to use him. So he’s certainly a possibility for tomorrow.
“Carl has been cleared as well. Carl, again, same situation, should be in the lineup tomorrow, and I always say that because you never know. You come in the next day and things have changed.”
The Bruins did send Nick Johnson back down to Providence, so they have just 12 healthy forwards including Soderberg.
Loui Eriksson, meanwhile, skated in a green jersey today and did not take contact. He did participate in some net-front drills, but his return is not nearly as close as that of some of his teammates.
“He’s just skating, so he’s a ways away still,” Julien said. “He’s not supposed to do any contact and we’re just putting him in our practices so he can be around players.”