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Beleskey draws back into lineup for injury-plagued Bruins

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Beleskey draws back into lineup for injury-plagued Bruins

BRIGHTON, Mass – The Bruins are reshuffling the deck due to injuries and a depleted lineup and that means Matt Beleskey will draw back in for the Black and Gold after being a healthy scratch the past three games.

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Beleskey, 29, has zero points and is a minus-2 in six games and hasn’t been able to use his grit, physicality and decent offensive skills to spark things from a bottom-six spot in the lineup. He'll get another chance on tonight against the Vegas Golden Knights with the Bruins badly in need of a veteran, hard-nosed physical presence with David Backes (diverticulitis surgery) out for next couple of months.

“He’s worked hard, he’s been in and out and he’s going to get an opportunity to get back in. We’ll see where his minutes go,” coach Bruce Cassidy said of Beleskey. “Obviously, losing Backes you lose a big body, so we’d like somebody to fill that role. What does that mean? It means applying pressure on their defense, and that if they want to break out of their zone then they’re going to have to go through bodies.

“In the defensive zone, it’s clogging up lanes, winning board battles and being a little abrasive so that [your opponents] know that somebody is breathing down their necks that will finish their checks. When you get opportunities get it on the net and try to get [to the net] for second chances. That’s been an issue with our hockey club in general, and not specifically with Matt Beleskey.”

Cassidy confirmed Jordan Szwarz and Beleskey will be in the lineup and newly called up Austin Czarnik will be a game-time decision. It appeared at the optional morning skate at Warrior Ice Arena that Frank Vatrano was going to be the healthy scratch after staying on the ice later than his teammates. Here are the projected Bruins line combos and D-pairings vs. the Golden Knights based on the optional skate:

Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak

DeBrusk-Nash-Schaller

Heinen-Szwarz-Bjork

Beleskey-Czarnik-Kuraly


Chara-McAvoy

Krug-Carlo

Postma-Miller


Rask

Morning Skate: Jagr still going, but not in the NHL

Morning Skate: Jagr still going, but not in the NHL

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while welcoming Marcus Smart back into the fold. Good contract for a guy that’s probably worth more to the Celtics than he would be to just about anybody else.

*It looks like Jaromir Jagr will play some hockey next season, but it also looks like it won’t be in the NHL for the surefire Hall of Famer.

*A list of the greatest NHL players to wear each jersey number with a good idea who the choices would be for No. 77 and No. 4…at the very least. This is a good companion piece to the list that we just put out for the best Bruins player to wear each jersey number that the team ever issued.

*The cyberbullying case between Melina Karlsson and Mike Hoffman’s girlfriend continues with more legal filings as both sides attempt to find out the truth.

*Pro Hockey Talk has an entertaining, wide-ranging Q&A session with PK Subban about any number of topics involving the Nashville D-man.

*Da Beauty League is once again getting into full swing in Minnesota for many familiar NHL players looking to stay in skating shape.

*For something completely different: The 2018 TV season hasn’t been good for new hit shows in their second season.

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