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'Yotes Notes: Tocchet Says Stepan Is 'Very Close' to Returning to Lineup

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

SUNRISE, FLORIDA -- Center Derek Stepan, who hasn't played for the Coyotes since suffering a lower-body injury on Feb. 28, could be back in the lineup as soon as this weekend.

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'Yotes Notes: Season Hinges on Seven-Game Homestand

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

GLENDALE - The Coyotes will begin a season-long, seven-game homestand on Sunday night when they host the Winnipeg Jets.

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'Yotes Notes: Pickard Might Make Debut Before Break

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

OTTAWA -- Darcy Kuemper is thriving in 2019. 

Since the calendar flipped three weeks ago, Kuemper has produced a 5-0-2 record in seven starts and is one of only four NHL goaltenders without a regulation loss, along with Tuukka Rask, David Rittich, and Jordan Binnington.

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'Yotes Notes: Hinostroza Nears Return to Lineup

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

ANAHEIM -- Coyotes Head Coach Rick Tocchet said forward Vinnie Hinostroza would be a game-time decision for Saturday night's matchup vs. the Anaheim Ducks.

Hinostroza, who has missed the past 10 games because of a lower-body injury, practiced with the team at Honda Center on Friday and appears ready to return to the lineup.

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'Yotes Notes: Chayka Says Team Must Fight Through Injuries

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

GLENDALE -- General Manager John Chayka on Wednesday said the Coyotes cannot use injuries to key players as an excuse for not winning games.

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'Yotes Notes: Kuemper Embraces Bigger Role, Heavier Workload

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

BUFFALO -- Darcy Kuemper's workload will be hefty as the Coyotes move forward in 2018-19 without Antti Raanta, who is out indefinitely because of a lower-body injury.

"It's really unfortunate any time you see a teammate go down," Kuemper said. "It's bad luck on his part. But, from my standpoint, I'm excited for the opportunity and I'm ready to take the bull by the horns here and do my part to help the team get into the playoffs."

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'Yotes Notes: Hill Will Start vs. Capitals

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

GLENDALE -- Adin Hill will get another start in goal on Thursday night when the Coyotes host the Washington Capitals, who rank fourth in the NHL in goals per game at 3.59. 

Hill is 4-0-0 with a 0.56 goals-against average and a .977 save percentage in five appearances this season, including the past three games, which he started in place of injured goalies Antti Raanta and Darcy Kuemper. Raanta and Kuemper both are nearing returns from the lower-body ailments that have sidelined them recently.

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'Yotes Notes: Kempe Hoping to Play vs. Younger Brother for First Time

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

LOS ANGELES -- Mario Kempe is expected to be in the lineup for the Coyotes on Tuesday night vs. the Kings. If Los Angeles forward Adrian Kempe, Mario's younger brother, is able to return to action from an injury, it will be a special night for the Kempe family.

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'Yotes Notes: Hill Ready if Needed in Nashville

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

NASHVILLE -- Adin Hill and Hunter Miska tended the nets at Coyotes practice on Wednesday at Bridgestone Arena. Antti Raanta, who left Tuesday's game at Minnesota after two periods because of a lower-body injury, did not skate with teammates.

"We're still evaluating 'Rants,'" Head Coach Rick Tocchet told ArizonaCoyotes.com. "He had to go get looked at today. Everything's kind of on hold."

Tocchet also said the injury Raanta suffered on Tuesday is not related to the injury that sidelined him for three weeks earlier this month.

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'Yotes Notes: Chychrun, Goligoski Close to Returning

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

GLENDALE -- Goalie Antti Raanta practiced with teammates for more than an hour on Tuesday morning as the Coyotes prepared for a busy holiday weekend, but his return to Arizona's net likely will be delayed at least one more game.

Meanwhile, injured defensemen Alex Goligoski (lower-body) and Jakob Chychrun (upper-body) also practiced Tuesday without restrictions, and both are considered game-time decisions for Wednesday's home game vs. Vegas. 

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