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At the Rink: Coyotes at Bruins

by Matt Kalman

BOSTON -- Boston Bruins forward Matt Beleskey will return to the lineup against the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday at TD Garden (7 p.m. ET; FS-A, NESN), according to coach Claude Julien.

Arizona, meanwhile, could be without center Martin Hanzal after he left a 4-3 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday with a lower-body injury. Hanzal, who leads the NHL with 10 assists, is a game-time decision according to coach Dave Tippett.

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."

Beleskey signed a five-year, $19 million contract with the Bruins over the summer after he scored a career-high 22 goals for the Anaheim Ducks last season. The left wing started the season on a line with center David Krejci and right wing David Pastrnak. With Loui Eriksson recently clicking with Krejci and Pastrnak, the Bruins seem ready to try Beleskey with center Ryan Spooner and right wing Jimmy Hayes.

Bruins coach Claude Julien is preaching patience when it comes to Beleskey's production.

"You've got to give guys a chance to fit in," Julien said. "In my mind, he's going to be fine. I think he's missed the last few games, so basically he's only played [five] games, so we've got to give him a chance there. So it's not what I see or don't see, I think it's just a matter of him fitting in. We know what he's capable of doing. He's a very intense player that is gritty, will go to the net and all that stuff. So I think good things are going to come on him."

The Coyotes did not hold a morning skate because they arrived here late Monday after a 4-3 road win against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Arizona (5-3-1) has won two in a row and is 2-1-1 on its five-game road trip, which concludes here.

Here are the projected lineups:


Tobias RiederTyler GaudetMikkel Boedker

Max DomiMartin HanzalAnthony Duclair

Kyle ChipchuraBrad RichardsonShane Doan

Jordan MartinookBoyd GordonSteve Downie

Oliver Ekman-LarssonMichael Stone

Klas DahlbeckZbynek Michalek

Nicklas GrossmannConnor Murphy

Mike Smith

Anders Lindback

Injured: Joe Vitale (upper body), Antoine Vermette (lower body)

Scratched: John Scott, Stefan Elliott


Brad MarchandPatrice BergeronBrett Connolly

Loui ErikssonDavid KrejciDavid Pastrnak

Matt BeleskeyRyan SpoonerJimmy Hayes

Chris KellyJoonas KemppainenTyler Randell

Zdeno CharaKevan Miller

Torey KrugAdam McQuaid

Joe MorrowColin Miller

Tuukka Rask

Jonas Gustavsson

Injured: Dennis Seidenberg (back)

Scratched: Zach Trotman, Zac Rinaldo

Status report: Spooner finished up the Bruins' win against the New York Islanders on Friday as a wing, but it looks like he'll move back for center. Julien said he'll continue to juggle his lines as he sees fit. The Bruins assigned forward Max Talbot to Providence of the American Hockey League on Tuesday.

Who's hot: Domi has a four-game point streak and Dahlbeck has a three-game point streak for the Coyotes. … Krejci has a point in all seven Bruins games and 12 total points.

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