Loui Eriksson will return to the lineup as expected Thursday night against the Capitals. Eriksson had been kept off the ice the previous two days due to a heel infection that made for discomfort when putting his foot into his skate.
After Thursday’s morning skate, Eriksson explained that he initially cut his heel during the Olympics and that the cut became infected.
“I got a cut in Russia, when I actually went into the cold tub,” he said. “I got a cut on my heel. So it started to get infected here the last couple of days. I’m on antibiotics right now, so I think it will be healing pretty good.”
Eriksson said that he played through some pain in Sunday’s win over the Rangers, a game in which he picked up a pair of assists.
“Skating there was kind of painful, but it went away after 10 minutes, after you’d been skating around,” he said, “but it’s feeling much better now and I think I’m going to play tonight, so it’s good.”
The recently acquired Andrej Meszaros will not play, though he is in town and took part in Thursday’s morning skate. Thursday will mark Meszaros’ 25th healthy scratch of the season.
As such, the only change to the lineup from Tuesday’s game is that Eriksson will be in, Jordan Caron will be out and Tuukka Rask  is expected to be in goal for the B’s.
Defenseman Corey Potter, who was picked up on waivers Wednesday, is not yet with the team but will arrive Thursday afternoon and travel with the B’s to Tampa on Friday.
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