SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Coyotes winger Lauri Korpikoski
took part in the morning skate Saturday and Phoenix coach said Dave Tippett
will be a game-time decision for Game 5 against Chicago.
Center Martin Hanzal
was on the ice but did not take part in the team skate. Tippett said he was doubtful to play in Game 5 after his injuries were re-evaluated on Friday. The Coyotes will also be without Raffi Torres
who was slapped with a 25-game suspension by the league Saturday.
Korpikoski left Game 2 last Saturday with an apparent lower-body injury in the third period sustained in a collision with Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith
. He did not play in Games 3 and 4 and did not return to the ice until Friday, when the team returned from Chicago.
“It was a good skate. I feel good so we’ll see,” Korpikoski said. “It’s been so painful to watch … I can’t do it. I just want to be out there. The toughest thing to do is watch and not be able to help. Chicago is a fun city but it was a good road trip for me. It took a year off my life.”
, who took Korpikoski’s spot on the line with Taylor Pyatt
and Boyd Gordon
, had the winning goal in overtime in each of the last two games – leaving Tippett to joke that Korpikoski might have lost his spot.
“Tipp’s kind of playing some mind games with me,” Korpikoski said. “(Boedker’s) doing a good job. He scored some big goals.”
If Korpikoski plays, he would replace either Marc-Antoine Pouilot or Paul Bissonnette
in the Phoenix lineup.