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Coyotes call up replacements after dealing forwards

Thursday, 04.04.2013 / 3:31 PM

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

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Coyotes call up replacements after dealing forwards

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- After trading away three forwards at the NHL Trade Deadline on Wednesday, and still without wing Lauri Korpikoski, the Phoenix Coyotes will have a different look Thursday night when they face the Detroit Red Wings and try to keep their Stanley Cup Playoffs hopes alive.

Matthew Lombardi, Steve Sullivan and Raffi Torres were dealt to the Anaheim Ducks, New Jersey Devils and San Jose Sharks, respectively, so the Coyotes have recalled forwards Chris Brown and Chris Conner to join Paul Bissonnette as replacements against the Red Wings.

Brown had 25 goals with Portland of the American Hockey League this season; Conner had 13.

The Coyotes won't get any help from the sick bay. Korpikoski and defenseman Zbynek Michalek stayed off the ice Thursday. Goalie Mike Smith took part in practice for the first time since he was hit by the Vancouver Canucks' Alexander Edler on March 21, but he won't dress tonight.

Jason LaBarbera will make his sixth straight start and is coming off his best game of the season, making 39 saves in a 3-1 win against the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday.

RED WINGS

Justin Abdelkader - Pavel Datsyuk- Johan Franzen

Valtteri Filppula - Henrik ZetterbergDaniel Cleary

Drew Miller - Joakim Andersson- Patrick Eaves

Gustav Nyquist - Cory Emmerton - Jordin Tootoo

Niklas Kronwall - Jonathan Ericsson

Brian Lashoff - Brendan Smith

Carlo Colaiacovo - Jakub Kindl

Jimmy Howard

Jonas Gustavsson

Injured: Darren Helm (back), Todd Bertuzzi (back), Kyle Quincey (facial fractures)

Scratched: Kent Huskins, Carlo Colaiacovo, Damien Brunner, Danny DeKeyser

COYOTES

Shane Doan - Martin Hanzal - Radim Vrbata

Chris ConnerAntoine VermetteMikkel Boedker

Rob Klinkhammer - Boyd Gordon - David Moss

Kyle ChipchuraChris BrownPaul Bissonnette

Oliver Ekman-Larsson - Michael Stone

Keith Yandle - David Schlemko

Rostislav Klesla - Derek Morris

Jason LaBarbera

Chad Johnson

Injured: Zbynek Michalek (lower body), Lauri Korpikoski (upper body), Mike Smith (upper body)

Scratched: None

Quote of the Day

I'm just excited about the opportunity. I've been on the ice earlier than usual and in the weight room, pushing around a little more weights than usual. Every day I go into a workout with a smile on my face and ready to go. When you do have a little more responsibility, you want to take your lunch pail and get ready to work.

— Brian Elliott to Jeremy Rutherford of the Post-Dispatch on being the Blues' No. 1 goalie