Bruins’ Eriksson a game time decision vs. Flyers (Updated)

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Boston Bruins’ forward Loui Eriksson will take the team’s pre-game skate in Philadelphia this afternoon and be a game time decision versus the Flyers.

Update: Eriksson is in the lineup for Jordan Caron.

Eriksson missed the Bruins’ 3-0 win over the New Jersey Devils Thursday after taking a slash to his right hand/wrist area on Wednesday night in Pittsburgh.

Rookie David Pastrnak dressed in his sixth NHL game in Eriksson’s absence and had 15:04 in ice time while registering four shots on goal.

Eriksson has nine goals and 25 points in 41 games this season.

Boston beat Philadelphia 2-1 on Oct. 8 in the only other meeting between the two clubs this season.

Lucic scores twice as Bruins blank the Devils

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Milan Lucic scored twice, including the game winner, as the Boston Bruins shutout the New Jersey Devils 3-0 Thursday night.

Lucic, who hadn’t scored since Dec. 16, snapped a nine game drought while Carl Soderberg had the other Bruins goal.

Boston has now won back-to-back games since newly appointed CEO Charlie Jacobs ripped into the Bruins on Tuesday.

Niklas Svedberg stopped 14 shots for his second career shutout.

Cory Schneider made 40 saves in the loss.

Eriksson out, Pastrnak in for Bruins vs. Devils

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Loui Eriksson will miss tonight’s game against the New Jersey Devils and be replaced in the Bruins’ lineup by rookie David Pastrnak.

Eriksson took a slash from Bortuzzo in the right hand/wrist area.

Pastrnak was recalled by the Bruins on Tuesday after registering seven points in six games at the world junior hockey championship.

The 18-year-old has already appeared in five games with Boston this season registering an assist while averaging 14:01 in ice time.

He is expected to play alongside David Krejci and Brad Marchand.

Pastrnak, Boston’s 2014 first-round selection (25th overall), had 10 goals and 27 points in 24 American Hockey League games after being assigned to Providence on Dec. 7.

Wings averaging most power plays; Bruins averaging fewest

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Team GP PPs Avg
DET 41 155 3.8
CHI 40 150 3.8
TBL 42 155 3.7
NYI 40 146 3.7
OTT 39 139 3.6
TOR 41 146 3.6
CBJ 38 134 3.5
STL 40 140 3.5
DAL 39 135 3.5
LAK 40 138 3.5
CGY 41 139 3.4
MIN 38 128 3.4
WPG 40 133 3.3
ANA 42 139 3.3
PHI 40 132 3.3
SJS 41 135 3.3
NSH 39 128 3.3
PIT 40 130 3.3
COL 40 129 3.2
ARI 39 123 3.2
FLA 37 115 3.1
NYR 37 114 3.1
CAR 40 123 3.1
VAN 38 116 3.1
WSH 39 117 3.0
EDM 41 122 3.0
NJD 42 123 2.9
MTL 40 113 2.8
BUF 41 113 2.8
BOS 41 94 2.3

Notes:

— It helps to have the puck. Detroit, Chicago, Tampa Bay and the Islanders have it a lot and get a lot of power plays; Buffalo barely has it all, and doesn’t.

— Speed is a factor in drawing penalties. No surprise to see a couple of older, slower teams, New Jersey and Vancouver, near the bottom of the table.

— It’s important to remember that referees, though they will deny this, have a tendency to even up calls. The Red Wings, for example, get a lot of power plays, but they’ve also been shorthanded a fair bit. The largest PP/PK differentials belong to Chicago (plus-39) and Boston (minus-34).

Top 5 PP/PK differential

Chicago (+39)
Calgary (+35)
NY Islanders (+31)
San Jose (+23)
Tampa Bay (+23)

Bottom 5 PP/PK differential

Boston (-34)
Winnipeg (-28)
Montreal (-26)
New Jersey (-25)
Buffalo (-23)

Video: ‘Hopefully we can get things rolling,’ says Bruins’ Lucic

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Once a powerhouse contender in the Eastern Conference, the Boston Bruins find themselves right now in the fight for a Wild Card spot early in January.

Their overtime win over the Pittsburgh Penguins – Patrice Bergeron scored the winner after a review into the deflection in front proved inconclusive – bumps the Bruins into the second and final Wild Card spot, one point ahead of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Bruins’ struggling power forward Milan Lucic, with six goals and 20 points in 40 games and now subject of trade speculation, hoped this victory would get his team rolling in the right direction.