GLENDALE, Ariz. --
The Phoenix Coyotes
gained a defenseman but lost a center for Saturday’s huge game with San Jose.
will miss his 15th game of the season with an upper-body injury. Hanzal appeared to fall awkwardly on his right wrist in the first period of Thursday's 3-2 shootout loss to Minnesota. The injury initially was feared to be serious, but coach Dave Tippett
said Hanzal is day-to-day. Marc-Antoine Pouliot
replaced Hanzal in the Phoenix lineup.
On the plus side, defenseman Rostislav Klesla
returned to the lineup for the first time since Feb. 18. Klesla has missed the last 10 games with an upper-body injury. He will replace David Rundblad
and take a lot of pressure off Keith Yandle
, Oliver Ekman-Larsson
and Michal Rozsival
, who have been playing major minutes.
Two more defensemen could be back soon. Derek Morris
is back with the team after a one-month leave of absence to deal with a family illness. He is back skating but will need some conditioning time. Also, David Schlemko
, out since Jan. 7, is close to returning from foot surgery.