WILD (10-4-3) at BRUINS (8-8-1)
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BOSTON -- Minnesota Wild defenseman Marco Scandella will not play against the Boston Bruins on Thursday at TD Garden and will go on injured reserve because of a lower-body injury, Wild coach Mike Yeo said.
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."
The Bruins are also dealing with an injured defenseman with Kevan Miller out for at least the next four games because of an upper-body injury. Miller has one goal and four assists in seven games this season. Rookie Colin Miller, who didn't play the past two games, will return to the lineup.
Colin Miller has one goal and six assists in 14 games.
"Maybe not a progression, but more comfortable," Colin Miller said about getting used to the NHL. "With the number of games you play at any level, you're going to start to feel more comfortable, more confident, things like that. But it's kind of a rollercoaster, there'll be ups and downs but you've got to try to stay level-headed."
Bruins center Chris Kelly, who suffered a fractured femur Nov. 3 and had surgery the next day, spoke publicly for the first time after the injury Thursday. Kelly is expected to miss 6-8 months.
The 35-year-old can become an unrestricted free agent after this season. He said he's not contemplating retirement and hopes to play for the Bruins again this season.
"You always have to have a goal, and that's one of the goals I have," Kelly said. "You just got to keep coming in every day and working hard and hopefully the team plays well, we make the (Stanley Cup) Playoffs and go on a long playoff run and you see me back out there."
Here are the projected lineups:
Thomas Vanek – Mikael Granlund – Jason Pominville
Jason Zucker – Mikko Koivu – Nino Niederreiter
Erik Haula – Charlie Coyle – Jordan Schroeder
Chris Porter – Ryan Carter – Brett Bulmer
Ryan Suter – Jared Spurgeon
Jonas Brodin – Matt Dumba
Christian Folin – Nate Prosser
Injured: Zach Parise (MCL), Justin Fontaine (MCL), Tyler Graovac (core), Marco Scandella (lower body)
Scratched: Michael Keranen
Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron – Jimmy Hayes
Frank Vatrano – David Krejci – Loui Eriksson
Matt Beleskey – Ryan Spooner – Brett Connolly
Zac Rinaldo – Joonas Kemppainen – Tyler Randell
Zdeno Chara – Zach Trotman
Dennis Seidenberg – Colin Miller
Torey Krug – Adam McQuaid
Injured: Kevan Miller (upper body), Chris Kelly (broken leg), David Pastrnak (foot)
Scratched: Joe Morrow
Status report: Parise and Fontaine continued to skate in their effort to return to the Wild lineup.
Who's hot: Spurgeon has a six-game point streak with two goals and seven points over that span. … Bergeron has six points during a five-game point streak.