When the Coyotes take on the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night at Jobing.com Arena, the team will have a different look than the past few games.
Coming into the lineup is enforcer forward Brian McGrattan, who will be playing in his third game this season.
“Obviously I am pretty happy because it's been a couple weeks since I’ve played,” McGrattan said. “I’m just excited I can finally get in and feel a part of the team for once. Hopefully, I can play good enough to stay in.”
McGrattan has battled an injury to his arm over the past month, but he hopes to set a tone against the Blackhawks.
“With me out there, those guys probably won't do anything like they did last game,” said McGrattan, referring to a nasty game against Chicago that Phoenix lost 4-1 on Oct. 15. “I'll make sure the right tone will be set in the first period so that doesn't happen (again)."
I've got to get Winnik going. For our team to be successful, he has to be a part of it. He has good size and great speed. We just need him to be a part of the group moving forward … at this point we need more production out of him. - Wayne Gretzky
Also, returning to the lineup is forward Daniel Winnik, who was a healthy scratch on Saturday night against the Dallas Stars and who is looking forward to making an impact.
“It's always disappointing when you are a healthy scratch," Winnik said. "I think it was the right move. I wasn’t playing that great. I kind of lost my intensity."
Winnik will return to the lineup as a center, a position he grew up playing and will play on a line with McGrattan and Todd Fedoruk. Shane Doan on KTAR 620's "Gambo and Ash Show"
With Winnik and McGrattan entering the lineup, Head Coach Wayne Gretzky is expected to scratch forwards Garth Murray and Viktor Tikhonov
“I've got to get Winnik going,” Gretzky said. “For our team to be successful, he has to be a part of it. He has good size and great speed. We just need him to be a part of the group moving forward … at this point we need more production out of him."
Regarding McGrattan, Gretzky said: "He has worked hard all year and is a tremendous young man. After losing two in a row, I owe it to guys who are working hard to get in the lineup and contribute and he has earned that right.”
The expected lines for Tuesday’s game against Chicago are:
Daniel Carcillo – Olli Jokinen – Peter Mueller
Kyle Turris – Steven Reinprecht – Shane Doan
Kevin Porter – Martin Hanzal
– Mikkel Boedker
Todd Fedoruk – Daniel Winnik – Brian McGrattanCARCILLO RETURNS TO FORM
After sitting out a couple of games to rest nagging injuries, Daniel Carcillo returned to the lineup against the Dallas Stars on Saturday night and made an immediate impact.
In 15:04 of ice time, Carcillo had two shots on goal and a momentum-swinging fight that built up energy inside Jobing.com Arena.
“Danny (Carcillo) played exceptionally well tonight,” Gretzky said after the game on Saturday night. “He had a lot of spirit and energy. It was a good fight. I thought he had a couple scoring opportunities and good hits. He played a very solid hockey game tonight and it was good to see him have a good game.”
Carcillo is trying to get back into the old form that made him successful last season.
“I wasn’t playing very well up to this point,” said Carcillo, who has no points in 12 games this season. “I came back and tried to get back to what I was doing last year; hitting, getting in on the forecheck and creating energy. “