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'Yotes Notes: DeAngelo Likely to Make Debut at Avs

Anthony DeAngelo was among top-6 defensemen at Monday's practice

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

GLENDALE -- Defenseman Anthony DeAngelo is expected to make his NHL debut on Tuesday night when the Coyotes play the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center in Denver.

Arizona recalled DeAngelo and forward Tyler Gaudet from the American Hockey League on Monday to replace defenseman Michael Stone and forward Martin Hanzal, both of whom were moved off the active roster and placed on the injured-reserve list retroactive to the last game each played. For Hanzal, that's Nov. 1; for Stone, that's Oct. 27.

"It's exciting," DeAngelo, 21, said after Monday's practice. "I'm looking forward to tomorrow. I'm sure I'll have some nerves before the game, but I'm just looking to go in and help the team however I can … Once the game starts, you've just got to push the nerves aside and just try to go to work."

DeAngelo, a right-handed shot, skated with Alex Goligoski, a left-handed shot, at Monday's practice.

The Coyotes acquired DeAngelo via trade from the Tampa Bay Lightning on the second day of this year's NHL Draft. The Lightning selected the defenseman, who grew up in the Philadelphia area, with the 19th overall pick in 2014.

DeAngelo turned some heads at training camp by notching two goals and one assist in five games, but he was assigned to Arizona's new AHL affiliate in Tucson to start the season. Playing primarily with Jarred Tinordi, he's tied for third place on the Tucson Roadrunners with seven points (one goal, six assists) in eight games. He notched the game-winning goal on Saturday night to beat Ontario in overtime.

"I wasn't trying to think about (being recalled) too much," DeAngelo said of his approach to the AHL season. "Obviously it's always in the back of your head a little bit, but we were playing well down there as a team, and when you play well as a team individual stuff starts to happen for everybody. I think good things are going on down there, and it's nice to be called up here, as well."

When he plays for the Coyotes, DeAngelo will become the fifth player to make his NHL debut with Arizona this season. Jakob Chychrun, Lawson Crouse, Christian Dvorak and Dylan Strome are the others.

Video: Anthony DeAngelo discusses being recalled from AHL

• Gaudet has played 16 games for the Coyotes over the past two seasons. Head Coach Dave Tippett said he'll be looking for Gaudet to center the fourth line and to help out mostly in the face-off circles and on the penalty kill.

"You focus on those things, but I also want to be offensive," Gaudet said. "I want to be a 200-foot player and I want to do everything and I want to contribute in all aspects of the game. You can't get tied up in certain things. It's very important to focus on those things and do well in those things, but when you focus on things like that it can stray away from other aspects of the game that are also very important. So, I want to play my game and be confident, and just help my team in any aspect."

Video: Tyler Gaudet discusses being recalled from the AHL

• Tippett said forward Tobias Rieder, who skipped the past two practices because of a lower-body injury, is questionable for Tuesday's game at Colorado.

• Tippett said goalie Mike Smith skated again on Monday and took some shots on goal.

"He's on track," Tippett said.

Smith suffered a lower-body injury in the second game of the season on Oct. 18 and hasn't played since.

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