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'Yotes Notes: Hjalmarsson to Miss More Games

The Coyotes recalled defenseman Andrew Campbell from the AHL on Wednesday

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

CALGARY -- The Coyotes on Wednesday recalled Andrew Campbell from the American Hockey League to provide depth at defense after losing defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson to an upper-body injury he suffered in Tuesday's game at Edmonton.

"He's still going to be day-to-day, but the injury is a little bit worse than we thought," Head Coach Rick Tocchet said after Wednesday's practice. "Our trainer is monitoring it and we'll go from there. I don't have a lot of information on it, but obviously he's not going to play the next couple games."

Campbell flew from Phoenix to Calgary on Wednesday and made it in time for practice. He's played 42 NHL games, including 33 for Arizona in 2014-15. Campbell, the team captain for the AHL's Tucson Roadrunners, will wear sweater No. 28.

"I'm just going to take it day by day right now," Campbell said. "(Hjalmarsson) is such a big part of this team so you hate to see a guy like that go down. Hopefully he's back soon so he can get back in the lineup and do great things for this team. I'm kind of the next man up right now to fill the void, and if my number is called I'm going to give it everything I have and play my game and hopefully it will lead to some success here."

Video: Campbell on Recall, Test vs. Flames

• Tocchet said Scott Wedgewood would start in goal on Thursday vs. the Flames, and Marek Langhamer would again be the backup. 

Antti Raanta, who hasn't played since suffering an upper-body injury a week ago, remains in Arizona and will not join the Coyotes on this trip.

Video: Tocchet on Hjalmarsson, Raanta

• Tocchet liked what he saw from forward Dylan Strome vs. Edmonton on Tuesday night in his first game back with the team since being recalled from the AHL on Sunday.

"I thought he started out just OK and then I thought he started to play a little bit better," Tocchet said. "Obviously the last six, seven minutes (of the game) I wanted to go with three lines and he didn't play as much. But he was fine. He'll play again tomorrow and he'll get some ice time." 

Strome skated 11:43 and took two shots on goal.

"It could have been a little better, but I thought for my first game in a little while up here it was pretty good," Strome said. "It's just adjusting to the speed, and I think I've just got to hold on to the puck a little longer. It's obviously hard to get the puck, but when you do get it you've got to hold onto it. I've definitely got to do a better job of doing that. I think if I do that I'll be successful."

• Defenseman Jakob Chychrun is practicing with the Tucson Roadrunners this week as he continues to recover from off-season knee surgery. Chychrun is at a critical point in his recovery; the Coyotes want to see how he can compete in various physical situations. If all goes well, his stint with Tucson will be the final step in his recovery process.

"The stage he's at in his rehab is getting some physical contact," General Manager John Chayka said. "So, we're just taking it day by day with him now and we'll see how the knee reacts when he gets into some battle drills and things like that. But he's certainly creeping closer to just being day-to-day." 

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