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Schlemko back in for Coyotes with Klesla ill

Friday, 12.27.2013 / 2:53 PM

By Jerry Brown - NHL.com Correspondent / 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

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Schlemko back in for Coyotes with Klesla ill

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Phoenix Coyotes will have another change on their blue line when they host the San Jose Sharks on Friday.

Rostislav Klesla, who had played well in three games since being recalled from the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League, came to the morning skate not feeling well and was sent home. Defenseman David Schlemko skated with Michael Stone on Friday and will come off injured reserve to play against the Sharks.

Phoenix still is without defenseman Zbynek Michalek, who suffered a lower-body injury in Montreal during the 1-1-2 pre-Christmas road trip. Michalek is not back on the ice and continues to undergo tests that coach Dave Tippett said showed some positive signs.

Coyotes captain Shane Doan is back on the ice and skated after his teammates Friday. Doan has been out since early December and is being treated for symptoms of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, a tick-borne bacterial disease, and there is no timetable for his return.

"We are in uncharted waters here," Tippett said.

The Sharks will be without Marty Havlat, who has a lower-body injury and didn't make the trip to Phoenix. Mike Brown was skating on a line with James Sheppard and Andrew Desjardins on Friday.

Here are the projected lineups for each team:

SHARKS

Joe Pavelski - Joe Thornton - Brent Burns

Patrick Marleau - Logan Couture - Tommy Wingels

Matt Nieto - John McCarthy - Tyler Kennedy

James Sheppard - Andrew Desjardins - Mike Brown

Marc-Edouard Vlasic - Justin Braun

Matt Irwin - Dan Boyle

Scott Hannan - Jason Demers

Antti Niemi

Alex Stalock

Scratched: Brad Stuart

Injured: Marty Havlat (lower body), Tomas Hertl (right knee), Raffi Torres (knee surgery), Adam Burish (back surgery)

COYOTES

Lauri Korpikoski - Martin Hanzal - Radim Vrbata

Rob Klinkhammer - Antoine Vermette - Mikkel Boedker

Tim Kennedy - Mike Ribeiro - David Moss

Kyle Chipchura - Jeff Halpern - Jordan Szwarz

Oliver Ekman-Larsson - Connor Murphy

Keith Yandle - Derek Morris

David Schlemko - Michael Stone

Mike Smith

Thomas Greiss

Scratched: Gilbert Brule, David Rundblad, Paul Bissonnette

Injured: Shane Doan (illness), Zbynek Michalek (lower body)

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