Beleskey started the season as Krejci's left wing but failed to find chemistry. In the Bruins' 4-2 win against the Minnesota Wild on Thursday, Beleskey replaced Vatrano in the third period and assisted on Eriksson's third goal.
Beleskey has no goals and has three assists, in his past eight games, but he leads the Bruins with 68 hits and might be on the cusp of breaking out offensively.
Scandella was injured in the Wild's 4-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday. Yeo said Scandella will miss a few games but is hopeful the absence won't stretch out to weeks.
This season Scandella has three goals and six points in 15 games and is fifth in ice time on the Wild at 20:02. He had 11 goals and 23 points in 64 games last season.
"He's a huge part of our defensive group," Yeo said. "Huge part of our defensive game. But the execution part of it, his skating ability, his play on the special teams, there's going to be a lot of opportunity there for somebody else to step in and try to take advantage of it."
BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins will try to win two in a row for the first time in November and win two straight home games for the first time this season when they face the San Jose Sharks at TD Garden on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; CSN-CA, NESN).
Boston's current five-game homestand was supposed to be a time to build momentum and grab hold of a higher spot in the Atlantic Division standings.
The Bruins' longest stretch of consecutive home games this season got off to a rocky start with a 3-2 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Nov. 12, but they bounced back with a 3-1 win against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday.
"We've got some games in hand and we've got to make the most of it," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "You win tonight, you've got an opportunity to move up three spots. And that's important. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we've got to take advantage of those games in hand and make the most of it. So yes, there is an importance to winning tonight and to be able to put together a 60-minute type of effort we're looking for. So to duplicate that from last Saturday would be important for us."
BOSTON – The Boston Bruins have scored first in 10 of their 15 games but are 5-5-0 in those games.
That has to change if the Bruins want to stay in the mix for a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Over the past two days since the Bruins lost 3-2 to the Colorado Avalanche after squandering a 2-0 lead, a lot of talk has been about a need to focus for 60 minutes.
“Obviously we’ve shown that we can play 60 minutes, that we are able to maintain that pace and focus [sometimes],” captain Zdeno Chara said Saturday at TD Garden, where the Bruins will play the Detroit Red Wings (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, FS-D, NESN). “It really comes down to being accountable for that and every individual has to make sure that before, during and all the way to the end is focused on the task. I mean we all can skate and hit, score, we’ve just really got to be paying attention to the details.”
Seidenberg had back surgery Sept. 24 and was expected to be out eight weeks; if he plays against the Avalanche it will be seven weeks to the day of his surgery. He'll be a game-time decision, according to coach Claude Julien
"You always hope to come back quicker," said Seidenberg, who had three goals, 14 points and a minus-1 rating in 82 games last season for Boston. "They said eight weeks; so it'll be seven if I'm playing. You've always got to be smart about when to return and that's what I’m going to do."
Julien said that there are other game-time decisions among his defense corps. Another could be Torey Krug, who did not practice that past two days because of an undisclosed injury.
Pastrnak was hit by a shot from teammate Joe Morrow against the Arizona Coyotes on Oct. 27. Pastrnak played less than his usual ice time in the third period of that game. He played the Bruins' past two games but only had 7:41 of ice time against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday.
This season Pastrnak, the 25th pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, has two goals and two assists in 10 games.
"We're just giving David a little bit more time there," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "He's still feeling that shot he got in the foot. So we're going to give him a little bit more time to heal here. He's not feeling 100 percent comfortable."
Beleskey, who has one goal and one assist in five games this season, missed the past two games. The Bruins, who are 3-3-1, have a point in four straight games (3-0-1).
"I'm just going to come in and work hard," Beleskey said. "I think we played well last game and it's something we've got to keep building on. So I'm just going to come in and try to contribute with that."
BOSTON --Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara, who has not played since sustaining an upper-body injury during a preseason game Sept. 24, is doubtful to play against the Montreal Canadiens at TD Garden on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN, TVA Sports), according to coach Claude Julien.
Chara has been practicing and took the morning skate Saturday. He did not play in the Bruins' 6-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday.
With Chara and Dennis Seidenberg (back) sidelined by injury, the Bruins' defense is short on shut-down ability and experience. That puts more of the onus on goaltender Tuukka Rask. The 2014 Vezina Trophy winner might see an increase in the number of shot attempts and the quality of the scoring chances he faces.
Rask is doing his best to nurture the defense corps as it tries to jell.
BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins have experience playing without their captain Zdeno Chara, and now they're going to have another chance to apply that experience.
Chara was ruled out of the Bruins' game Thursday against the Winnipeg Jets by coach Claude Julien. Chara hasn't played since sustaining an upper-body injury in a preseason game Sept. 24 against the New York Rangers.
With defenseman Dennis Seidenberg also out of the Bruins lineup while recovering from back surgery performed Sept. 24, Adam McQuaid is the Bruins' longest-tenured veteran remaining defenseman. He knows what the Bruins have to do to emulate the way they played when they went 11-7-1 when Chara missed 19 games because of a tear in the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee sustained Oct. 23, 2014.
"I guess it goes without saying you don't replace someone like that," McQuaid said. "But again, it's kind of been by committee when we have injuries like this. You focus on the guys who are in the lineup and everyone just chips in and does their job."
We've got to find a way to win a game. He's played well in the minors, now he gets his opportunity. We tried [with Jonathan Bernier]. The way I look at it, you get opportunities and you make the most of it. That's what [James Reimer] did. Now another opportunity is here and Sparks ... you gotta grab it. Is he ready? We'll find out.
— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock to the Toronto Star on recalling goalie Garret Sparks from the AHL to start Monday in his NHL debut
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