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by Staff Writer / Arizona Coyotes

By: Chad Lynch

Phoenix forward Tyson Nash left Monday's practice shortly after it began due to discomfort in his abdominal region.

After battling with the injury that has kept him out of the line up since November 3, Nash has decided to fly to Philadelphia on Tuesday where he will meet with a specialist.

"The good new is that I am getting better every day," said Nash.  "When it comes to doing all the normal everyday stuff, you wouldn't even know there was a problem.  But when I am on the ice and try to push off hard or get a big jump, that is when I feel the pain."

Two years ago Nash struggled with similar pain when before he underwent surgery to repair a double hernia, an injury Nash doesn't think has resurfaced.

"The major difference between how I felt back then and how I feel now is the progress I make each day," said Nash.  "When I had the surgery, I wasn't getting better one my own, but this time I have made significant progress over the last week and a half.  I went from barely being able to get out of bed to feeling virtually pain free. 

"I just want to make sure that what I am still feeling isn't anything serious."

On Monday, Coyotes goaltender David LeNeveu left practice early after being hit on the neck by a shot.

LeNeveu was checked out by a doctor for precautionary purposes and was cleared to return to the nets on Tuesday.

"It just caught him a little high and we wanted to make sure that he was fine and it sounds like he should be back on the ice tomorrow," said Coyotes Head Coach Wayne Gretzky.

Defenseman Denis Gauthier could still return to the Coyotes line up this week, however he is more likely to play in Saturday's contest in San Jose than he is when Phoenix hosts Colorado on Wednesday.

"He (Gauthier) has been skating very well," said Gretzky.  "But he hasn't taken part in any battle drill and we want to get him in a few of those before he gets back into a game, so realistically it looks more like Saturday than Wednesday."

Coyotes forward Petr Nedved continues to skate with the team but is still not ready to get back into the line up.

"With Petr (Nedved), it looks like he will probably need another 7-10 day before he is ready to go," said Gretzky

Nedved has been out since suffering a elbow injury in the first period of the Coyotes game against the Dallas Stars on October 29.

"It is something that is getting better, but we don't want to rush him back before it is 100%," said Gretzky.

With Tyson Nash still unable to return to the Coyotes line up, Phoenix could recall another player from their top AHL affiliate in San Antonio as early as Tuesday.

"At this point we aren't sure what we are going to have to do and if we do make a move who it would be," said Gretzky.

One possible candidate for the promotion could be center Jakub Koreis.  In 15 games with the Rampage this season, Koreis has registered one assists along with 22 penalty minutes.

"He has been playing very well lately and he is very strong defensively," said Gretzky.

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