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Whitney's return to Phoenix delayed

Saturday, 02.02.2013 / 1:40 PM

By Jerry Brown - NHL.com Correspondent / 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Phoenix Coyotes fans anticipating Ray Whitney's return to the desert will be disappointed. Whitney, who has been battling a foot injury for the past week, was placed on injured reserve by the Dallas Stars after Friday’s contest and will miss at least four games.

The Stars have called up Reilly Smith from Texas of the American Hockey League to replace Whitney. Smith should slide into Whitney’s spot alongside Cody Eakin and Michael Ryder and will be facing off against Coyotes call-up Andy Miele, a teammate of Smith's at the University of Miami.

The Stars may go with Richard Bachman in goal to change their luck in the finales of back-to-back games. Since last season, the Stars are 1-13-2 in the second half of back-to-backs, including 0-2-0 this season.

Here are Dallas' lines for their Saturday game against Phoenix:

Loui ErikssonJamie BennJaromir Jagr

Reilly SmithCody EakinMichael Ryder

Eric NystromVernon FiddlerTomas Vincour

Brenden MorrowAntoine RousselRyan Garbutt

Brenden Dillon -- Stephane Robidas

Alex Goligoski -- Trevor Daley

Jordie Benn -- Jamie Oleksiak

Richard Bachman

Kari Lehtonen

Scratches – Philip Larsen, Aaron Rome, Tom Wandell

Injuries – Derek Roy (groin) Ray Whitney (foot), Cristopher Nilstorp (groin)

Once again, it shows character in this dressing room. Once again, there's no quitting in here. We all wanted this so bad and we worked so hard to get home-ice advantage and we weren't going to let this one slide.

— Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog on his team's OT Game 1 win vs. Minnesota Wild