Eriksson not on B's practice ice

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- As the NHL's 3 p.m. trade deadline nears, the Bruins are on the practice ice at Ristuccia Arena.

Forward Loui Eriksson, who missed Tuesday's 4-1 win over the Florida Panthers due to a "minor issue," is not skating. On Tuesday, Bruins coach Claude Julien said Eriksson would be back in the lineup against the Washington Capitals on Thursday night at TD Garden.

Eriksson said Wednesday he was dealing with a minor lower-body injury.

“No, it’s nothing serious, I don’t think. We’ll see,” he said. “I’m probably going to be back soon. We’ll get back at it and I’ve been feeling good, especially in the Olympics, and a little bit before that, so just keep it going.”

Since Eriksson has missed the last two days, there has been some speculation that the Bruins are considering a trade. But such a move is unlikely.

At practice, forward Jordan Caron was on the team's third line, along with Carl Soderberg and Chris Kelly.

Defenseman Adam McQuaid (hip/groin) remains sidelined.