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by Dave Vest / Arizona Coyotes
CHICAGO – The Coyotes recalled center Joel Perrault from the American Hockey League on Thursday to provide depth at center.

General Manager Don Maloney said center Robert Lang is nursing a bruised hand that may keep him out of the lineup this weekend if it doesn’t improve. The injury kept Lang from early participation in Tuesday’s shootout at Nashville. Lang usually shoots first or second for Phoenix in shootouts, but he did not take part in Tuesday’s until a later round because of the bruise.
Joel Perrault

Perrault has notched 23 points in 27 games for San Antonio of the AHL. He missed about seven weeks of the season because of a high ankle sprain.

Maloney said Perrault likely would have been recalled sooner had he been healthy.

Regarding Perrault, Maloney said: “At the American league level he’s a top offensive player who is a playmaker and who scores goals. Here in the NHL he has to be a competent player without the puck, he has to be good in his own zone, and he has to manage the puck. That’s the challenge for Joel.”

Meanwhile, the Coyotes sent forward Mikkel Boedker back to the AHL after Thursday’s practice after a brief stint. Boedker was a healthy scratch on Tuesday. In the two games he played after his latest recall, Boedker logged 4:39 and 7:44 of ice time.

“I just don’t like the idea of him sitting out games so we’ve got to keep him playing (in the AHL),” Maloney said.

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