BOSTON -- Defenseman Marco Scandella was injured against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday and will miss the Minnesota Wild's game on Thursday and "will likely miss the next couple of games," according to Head Coach Mike Yeo.
"He's a huge part of our defensive group," Yeo said. "He plays kind of in that third d-pairing if you look at how it's slotted, but his minutes would suggest that he doesn’t play that way."
Scandella, who has played in 15 games this season, has three goals and three assists and has averaged just over 20 minutes per game.
"(He is) a 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 for somebody else there to step in and take advantage of it," Yeo said.
Scandella's usage illuminates as Yeo pointed out that despite where he sits on the depth chart, the Wild rely on him like a top pairing defenseman.
He was placed on injured reserve on Thursday, and the Wild recalled defenseman Gustav Olofsson from Iowa.
"Every team goes through injuries, and the good teams can get through them kind of unharmed," Ryan Suter said. "Everyone is going to have to play more, and play harder, and he's a tough guy to fill in for. It's a challenge, and I know for me, it just makes me focus that much more, and I'm sure for the other guys, too."
Weymouth, Mass. native Charlie Coyle has been all smiles since the Wild arrived in Boston. His father watched him practice on the campus of Boston University on Wednesday, and then took Coyle home to spend time with the rest of his family.
"It's nice to be here, and I'm going to be playing in front of some family and close friends," Coyle said after morning skate at TD Garden. "It's a nice feeling, but you have to treat it as another game."
A bus will transport roughly 50 Coyle fans that will get another chance to watch him play with the Wild against a Bruins team Coyle grew up rooting for, and many of his hometown friends still do.
"All these people are usually watching, just from on TV, and now they're going to be at the rink, so it will be nice," Coyle said.
Here is the Wild's projected lineup:
Jason Zucker – Mikko Koivu – Nino Niederreiter
Thomas Vanek – Mikael Granlund – Jason Pominville
Ryan Carter – Charlie Coyle – Jordan Schroeder
Chris Porter – Erik Haula – Brett Bulmer
Ryan Suter – Jared Spurgeon
Jonas Brodin – Matt Dumba
Nate Prosser – Christian Folin