First Off The Ice – December 17, 2013


Nov 27, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Boston Bruins left wing Loui Eriksson (21) skates with the puck past Detroit Red Wings defenseman Kyle Quincey (27) in the second period at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Things are not looking good in the injury department for the Black and Gold. The latest update on the health of Loui Eriksson has left people in Boston wondering how long term his concussion will be, and there have even been a few whispers of Eriksson following in the unfortunate and tragic path of Bruins forward Marc Savard. “He hasn’t even come to the rink,” said Claude Julien. “That’s the only thing I can give you right now, which is not a good sign.” Read more on the Bruins’ injury and timetable here. (CSNNE)

With the injury situation as severe as it is in Boston, several of the Providence Bruins have gotten their shot to play for the NHL franchise. Among these talented AHL players is forward Ryan Spooner. The folks at Bleacher Report ponder if Spooner has made a successful case for himself to finally break through the NHL level. (Bleacher Report)

With Iginla as questionable due to his dislocated finger, the Providence Bruins also sent up Craig Cunningham. Cunningham will likely end up on the fourth line in the place of the suspended Shawn Thornton. He’s another serious contender for a ‘B’ jersey, and he’ll get a chance to prove it as he will likely stay in Boston for at least a month. (SB NATION)

The Boston Bruins took a little time out of their busy schedules to have a little fun (partially at their own expense). “The Bear” has been a fixture in the TD Garden and the Boston organization for a while now, and once again they decided to do another season of the ‘Bear & The Gang’. This time around, they chose to take a holiday theme with it. (Boston Bruins)

It appears Milan Lucic is apparently in the clear over that kerfuffle that happened in his hometown of Vancouver. With more social media hits producing evidence that the Bruins forward was in fact hit first signifies that the frontman of the Loochy Looch and the Punchy Bunch only takes requests at game time. It’s also a reminder for also pro athletes that any moment a loss of control can lead to a total PR disaster (