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Coyotes play without Langkow; Canadiens minus Cammalleri

Thursday, 11.10.2011 / 8:55 PM

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

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Coyotes play without Langkow; Canadiens minus Cammalleri
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Coyotes get one center back tonight, but another will be missing.
 
Martin Hanzal, who has missed the past two games with a lower body injury, will be back in the lineup tonight as the Coyotes wrap up a three-game homestand against Montreal. Hanzal, who had three goals and seven points in the five games prior to his injury, will fill the middle between wingers Ray Whitney and Radim Vrbata -- a trio that produced seven goals and 17 points in three games before Hanzal went down.
 
But as Hanzal returns, the Coyotes will be missing center Daymond Langkow, who has been away from the team since Tuesday because of a death in the family. Boyd Gordon, who had a goal and an assist Saturday against Edmonton, skated between wingers Lauri Korpikoski and Shane Doan at Thursday's skate.
 
Montreal will play without left wing Mike Cammalleri, who suffered a knee-on-knee collision in Tuesday's 3-1 loss to Edmonton.
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