GLENDALE, Ariz. – Desperate to jump-start their sagging offense, the Phoenix Coyotes recalled 22-year-old right winger Brett MacLean from San Antonio of the American Hockey League, and will place him immediately into the starting lineup Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Kings.
The Coyotes will face the Kings without three of their top nine forwards. Left wing Taylor Pyatt (upper body) and right wing Radim Vrbata (lower body) remain out of the lineup and center Martin Hanzal suffered an undisclosed injury in Tuesday's 3-1 loss to Anaheim.
Hanzal leads the Coyotes – one of only two NHL teams without a double-digit scorer to this point in the season – with nine goals.
MacLean, the 32nd pick at the 2007 Entry Draft, has scored 65 goals in 182 games with the Rampage over the last three seasons. He is expected to make his NHL debut on a line with 21-year-old Mikkel Boedker and 21-year-old Kyle Turris against the Kings. That trio played together in San Antonio most of last season.
The Coyotes have scored just 10 goals in their last seven games and just one in each of the last four, including Tuesday' loss to the Ducks that left Phoenix just 6-5-4 in 15 games on home ice this season. Since reeling off a seven-game winning streak, they have gone 5-7-2 in the last 14 games, scoring one goal or less seven times.