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Coyotes' Vrbata, Hanzal late scratches vs. Blues

Tuesday, 11.12.2013 / 8:09 PM

By Louie Korac - NHL.com Correspondent / 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

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Coyotes' Vrbata, Hanzal late scratches vs. Blues

ST. LOUIS -- The Phoenix Coyotes will face the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday without veteran forwards Radim Vrbata (lower-body injury) and Martin Hanzal (illness).

Both were late scratches after coach Dave Tippett listed each as a game-time decision at the morning skate Tuesday.

Forward Chris Brown, recalled from the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League on Monday, was inserted into the lineup.

Vrbata, who has six goals and 13 points, missed his second straight game. Hanzal, who has five goals and 14 points, previously missed two games with a suspension.

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