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by Dave Vest / Arizona Coyotes
TORONTO – The Coyotes practiced for an hour-plus on Tuesday afternoon at the Air Canada Centre in preparation for Wednesday night’s game against the suddenly streaking Toronto Maple Leafs, who haven’t lost at home in four games.

Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett at Tuesday's practice in Toronto.
Goalie Ilya Bryzgalov did not practice with teammates, but he is expected to make his 14th consecutive start on Wednesday. Goaltending Coach Sean Burke again strapped on some gear and filled in for Bryzgalov at Tuesday’s practice.

Forward Scottie Upshall said it was an intense workout, but one that was needed.

“We were off last night,” Upshall said, referring to a 3-2 loss at Detroit on Monday. “There’s no question that there were times in the game that we weren’t very good. We were soft in areas and we lost battles… Today was to regroup, refocus and to get the legs going. We were worked on a lot of just getting pucks to the net and getting to loose pucks.”

Head Coach Dave Tippett described Tuesday’s practice as a “refresher course” for how to do the little things that make the Coyotes successful.

“We have some players that are on the higher end skill level and they’re looking for an opportunity to have an impact, and last night was a game that they could have had an impact and had very little impact,” Tippett said. “Those are situations that you look at and evaluate your group and try to keep them moving forward.”

Coyotes captain Shane Doan knows he hasn’t scored a goal in the past six games and he also knows that his last two goals were unorthodox to say the least – one went in the Anaheim goal off Doan’s hip and the goal before that one was awarded to Doan as the result of a hooking penalty called on Philadelphia as he tried to fire the puck into the Flyers empty net.

After Monday’s game, reporters inside the dressing room at Joe Louis Arena asked Doan questions about the loss. Per usual, Doan answered them all. He even answered a question he wasn’t asked.

“And yes, I will score a goal again,” Doan said aloud a few seconds after the reporters moved on to other players.

Phoenix’s lineup for Wednesday’s game is not set yet, but it appears forward Paul Bissonnette may see some action after watching the past eight games as a healthy scratch.

Paul Bissonnette.
Bissonnette, a native of Welland, Ontario, is hoping to play because his father, who has never seen his son play an NHL game in person, is planning to drive the hour and 10 minutes to Toronto to watch the game.

“It’s going to be emotional for me,” Bissonnette said. “I grew up dreaming and hoping to play in the National Hockey League. When you get there your parents are real proud. It will just be nice to play in front of my dad.”

Bissonnette said he is eager to contribute.

“I’ve sat out eight games in a row and that’s not fun,” Bissonnette said. “You play hockey because you like to play… I’m just looking forward to creating energy for the lineup and getting out there and running around like a meathead.”

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