- Joe McDonald, ESPN Staff Writer
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BOSTON -- Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton and forward Carl Soderberg have both been cleared by the team’s medical staff and there’s a strong possibility they’ll return to the lineup Thursday against the Nashville Predators at TD Garden.
Hamilton has missed 10 games with a lower-body injury suffered on Dec. 8 at Toronto.
“He’s been given the full go by our medical staff, and I’m hoping if he’s good tomorrow I’ll get a chance to use him,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said. “He’s certainly a possibility for tomorrow.”
Hamilton has been participating in contact drills and admits he hasn’t enjoyed missing such a long stretch of games.
“Yeah, it’s been pretty boring, I’d say,” Hamilton said. “Just wanting to play now and play with your team. I don’t really know what’s going on, but just getting better in the next couple of days.”
Soderberg has missed the past two games with what was described as concussion symptoms, but he admitted after Wednesday’s practice that it was not a concussion.
“No, it was not a concussion,” he said. “I was fine. Yeah, I’m all set to go.”
Soderberg will be evaluated again Thursday, but all signs point to him returning.
“[Missing] two games is nothing. It’s just two games. I played a game four days ago, so I’m pretty fit.
Loui Eriksson (concussion) participated in the team's practice Wednesday at the Garden, but he's still limited in what he can do, including no contact.
“Right now he’s just skating, so he’s a ways away,” Julien said. “He’s not supposed to do any contact and we’re just putting him in our practices so that he can be around players.”