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Smith back in net vs. Allen as Coyotes oppose Blues

Thursday, 03.07.2013 / 4:15 PM

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

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Smith back in net vs. Allen as Coyotes oppose Blues

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Phoenix Coyotes finally get to face another opponent after a unique three-game series with the Anaheim Ducks. After falling 2-0 Wednesday in Anaheim but getting four out of six points in the three games, the Coyotes face the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night.

Goalie Mike Smith, who sat out for the first time in 16 games Wednesday in favor of Jason LaBarbera, will be back in goal. The Coyotes are hoping to have Radim Vrbata (lower body) back in the lineup either against St. Louis or Saturday against the Dallas Stars, and sent Chris Brown back to the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League on Wednesday.

The Blues will start Jake Allen in net coming off Tuesday's 6-4 loss at the Los Angeles Kings.


Kyle Chipchura -- Matthew Lombardi -- Shane Doan

Mikkel Boedker -- Martin Hanzal -- Steve Sullivan

Lauri Korpikoski -- Antoine Vermette -- David Moss

Raffi Torres -- Boyd Gordon -- Nick Johnson

Keith YandleDerek Morris

Zbynek MichalekOliver Ekman-Larsson

Michael StoneRostislav Klesla

Mike Smith

Jason LaBarbera

Scratches: David Rundblad, Chris Summers

Injured: David Schlemko (shoulder), Radim Vrbata (lower body)


Jaden Schwartz -- David Backes -- T.J. Oshie

David Perron -- Patrik Berglund -- Chris Stewart

Chris Porter -- Vladimir Sobotka -- Matt D'Agostini

Adam Cracknell -- Scott Nichol -- Ryan Reaves

Barret JackmanAlex Pietrangelo

Kris RussellRoman Polak

Ian ColeKevin Shattenkirk

Jake Allen

Brian Elliott

Scratches: Andrew Murray, Wade Redden

Injured: Andy McDonald, Jason Arnott, Alex Steen, Jamie Langenbrunner

Quote of the Day

Life's about opportunity and how you respond to that opportunity, and obviously he must have some swagger about him, some confidence about him, because he was solid. He made some good saves. He was 6-foot-3 on every shot, which is a good thing for a goalie. He played well. We got a win.

— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock on rookie goaltender Garret Sparks, who made 24 saves in his first NHL start, a 3-0 win vs. Oilers
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