GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Phoenix Coyotes again will be without two of their top six forwards with Martin Hanzal (upper body) and Radim Vrbata (lower body) back on the ice Thursday, but not ready for a game.
With Hanzal and Vrbata out, coach Dave Tippett has continued to juggle his forwards. Shane Doan will start with Matthew Lombardi and Raffi Torres, with Lauri Korpikoski joining Mikkel Boedker and Antoine Vermette. Steve Sullivan was with checkers Boyd Gordon and David Moss, and Paul Bissonnette, riding a career-high three-game point streak, sticks with the clicking line of Kyle Chipchura and Nick Johnson.
Goalie Mike Smith played in all three games of the just-completed road trip and the Coyotes appear ready to give him as many games as he can handle this season. He'll start Thursday for the 16th time in 20 games; the four he missed were due to an injury.
The Coyotes, 18-3-3 in February the past two seasons, have points in 11 of their past 14 games after a 4-2 victory at the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday.
Here are the lineups the Coyotes and Wild likely will use Thursday when they face off at Jobing.com Arena: