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PORTER REJOINS COYOTES IN DALLAS

by Russell Brooks / Arizona Coyotes
Rookie forward Kevin Porter will rejoin the Coyotes for Tuesday night's game against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center.


The Coyotes sent Porter to their American Hockey League affiliate on Friday so he could play with the San Antonio Rampage, in two games over the weekend.

“(Porter) is a part of our team and has played well,” Coyotes Head Coach Wayne Gretzky said. “We just wanted him to get some game time in.”

Porter, a native of Detroit, is expected to play against the Dallas Stars because fellow rookie Enver Lisin has flu-like symptoms.

Porter scored a goal in two games with the Rampage. In 25 games with the Coyotes this season, Porter has five goals and five assists.

LINDSTROM IMPRESSES

It’s been a long journey this season for Joakim Lindstrom, but he hopes he has found a home in Phoenix.

Detroit's Chris Osgood (left) makes a save on a shot by Coyotes forward Joakim Lindstrom. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Acquired from the Anaheim Ducks for defenseman Logan Stephenson, Lindstrom has two goals and an assist since joining the team last Wednesday.

“I’m just trying to play hard and stay in the lineup,” said Lindstrom, who had 37 career NHL goals before he joined the Coyotes.

Gretzky has liked the play of the 25-year-old in his limited time with the Coyotes.

“He has been a pleasant surprise,” Gretzky said. “No question, we are happy with him. It's only three games in and we have a lot to go, but he’s done everything we have asked of him. He has fit in nicely with our team and has done a real nice job.”

Against Detroit on Saturday, Lindstrom played on a line with rookie Kyle Turris and enforcer Todd Fedoruk. The trio created four shots on goal.

“I thought him and Kyle (Turris) had good chemistry,” Gretzky said. “Turris played his best game of the year the other night. Lindstrom played really well. I hope to be able to give them both a little more ice time.”

QUICK HIT

Goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov is expected to get his sixth consecutive start against the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night. Bryzgalov is 2-0-1 in his past three games with a .921 save percentage.


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