Phoenix Coyotes forward Martin Erat, who was traded from the Washington Capitals prior to the NHL Trade Deadline after struggling to find a good fit in D.C., was injured after four shifts in Phoenix's road win against the Florida Panthers on Tuesday.
He was ruled out by coach Dave Tippett for the game against the Boston Bruins on Thursday at TD Garden. General manager Don Maloney told the Arizona Republic he hopes to have Erat back in the lineup within a week.
The Bruins did not hold a morning skate after winning 4-1 on the road against the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday. Boston's trade-deadline acquisition, defenseman Andrej Meszaros, has been in the lineup for two straight games. But coach Claude Julien might look for a way to get defenseman Dougie Hamilton, a scratch for the past two games, back into the lineup.
Here are the projected lineups for the Coyotes and Bruins:
Mikkel Boedker – Antoine Vermette – Radim Vrbata
Lauri Korpikoski – Andy Miele – David Moss
Brandon McMillan – Mike Ribeiro – Shane Doan
Rob Klinkhammer – Kyle Chipchura – Jeff Halpern
Keith Yandle – Derek Morris
Oliver Ekman-Larsson – Zbynek Michalek
Chris Summers – Michael Stone
Scratched: Paul Bissonnette, Brandon Gormley
Injured: Martin Erat (upper body), Martin Hanzal (lower body), David Schlemko (lower body)
Milan Lucic – David Krejci – Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron – Reilly Smith
Chris Kelly – Carl Soderberg – Loui Eriksson
Jordan Caron – Gregory Campbell – Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara – Andrej Meszaros
Matt Bartkowski – Johnny Boychuk
Torey Krug – Kevan Miller
Scratched: Dougie Hamilton
Injured: Daniel Paille (concussion), Adam McQuaid (quad), Dennis Seidenberg (MCL/ACL)