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'Yotes Notes: Tocchet Wants Team to Better Handle Pressure

Arizona gave up two late goals in loss to Chicago on Sunday

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

CHICAGO -- Playing their third road game in four nights, the Coyotes hung with the Chicago Blackhawks for 55 minutes on Sunday at United Center.

The hosts, however, seized control of the game by scoring twice within the last five minutes and extended their winning streak over Arizona to eight games.

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'Yotes Notes: Raanta's One Mistake Proves Costly vs. Blue Jackets

Goalie Antti Raanta stopped 33 of 34 shots in 1-0 loss on Saturday

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

COLUMBUS -- Antti Raanta gave up just one goal on Saturday night at Nationwide Arena, but lost a goaltending duel with Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky.

Raanta, playing his first game since Nov. 22 after sitting out seven because of an upper-body injury, stopped 33 of 34 shots.

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'Yotes Notes: Raanta Likely to Start vs. Blue Jackets

Goalie Antti Raanta hasn't played since Nov. 22 because of an upper-body injury

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

COLUMBUS - Antti Raanta likely will start in goal for the Coyotes on Saturday when they play the middle game of a three-game trip vs. Columbus at Nationwide Arena.

Raanta, who suffered an upper-body injury on Nov. 22 that sidelined him for six games, returned to the lineup on Thursday at Boston, but did not play. He served as Scott Wedgewood's backup for a 6-1 loss to the Bruins.

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'Yotes Notes: Capobianco Makes NHL Debut in Boston

Defenseman Kyle Capobianco played his first game for the Coyotes on Thursday vs. Bruins

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

BOSTON - Rookie defenseman Kyle Capobianco made his NHL debut on Thursday night at TD Garden. He skated 13:33, delivered three hits and blocked one shot in his first League game, which Arizona lost, 6-1.

"It was a great experience and I think the guys were really helpful with me," Capobianco said. "They were really friendly throughout the day and showed me the ropes."

The Coyotes recalled Capobianco from the American Hockey League on Monday and he practiced with the team on Tuesday and Wednesday. That helped him get acclimated to life in the NHL. Still, once the puck dropped, Capobianco quickly recognized the NHL is different than other league.

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'Yotes Notes: Raanta Cleared to Play

Goalie Antti Raanta could be back in Arizona's net on Thursday at Boston

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

GLENDALE - Goalie Antti Raanta has been medically cleared to play and will accompany the team on its three-game road trip to Boston, Columbus and Chicago later this week.

At the very least, Raanta will dress for the three games; Arizona sent goalie Marek Langhamer back to the American Hockey League on Tuesday leaving just Raanta and Scott Wedgewood as the goalies on the roster.

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'Yotes Notes: Chychrun Returns to Lineup, Scores Goal

Defenseman Jakob Chychrun played his first game of the season on Sunday at Vegas

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

LAS VEGAS -- Defenseman Jakob Chychrun played his first game of the season on Sunday for the Coyotes after missing the first 29 because of a knee injury he suffered while training in the off-season.

Chychrun played 22:40 in Arizona's 3-2 overtime loss to Vegas. He took three shots on goal, blocked three shots and scored his team's first goal. 

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'Yotes Notes: Wedgewood Blanks Former Team

Scott Wedgewood stopped all 27 shots he faced vs. New Jersey on Saturday

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

GLENDALE -- Scott Wedgewood stopped all 27 shots he faced to earn his second NHL shutout and his first with Arizona on Saturday night, as the Coyotes blanked New Jersey, 5-0, at Gila River Arena. 

Wedgewood's victory was extra sweet considering it came against the Devils, the team that drafted him in 2010 and then traded him to Arizona on Oct. 28.

"It means a lot," Wedgewood said. "When you get traded you want to put up a strong effort back to where you came from and show them, not that they made the wrong decision, obviously it's a business, but on a personal level you want to get out there and play well."

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'Yotes Notes: Wedgewood Makes Career-High 41 Saves in Loss

Goalie Scott Wedgewood faced 44 Shots in 3-0 loss at Calgary on Thursday

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

CALGARY -- Scott Wedgewood made a career-high 41 saves for the Coyotes on Thursday night in a 3-0 loss to the Calgary Flames at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

Wedgewood, making his fourth consecutive start in place of injured Antti Raanta,kept Arizona in the game for most of the night. But Flames goalie Mike Smith stopped all 28 shots he faced and defeated his former teammates in his first game against them since being traded from the Coyotes to Calgary last June.

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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.

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'Yotes Notes: Hjalmarsson Leaves Game vs. Oilers Because of Injury

Defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson suffered an upper-body injury on Tuesday

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

EDMONTON -- Coyotes defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson left the game vs. the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night at Rogers Place in the middle of the second period because of an upper-body injury. He did not return.

After the game, Head Coach Rick Tocchet said Hjalmarsson is considered day-to-day. He will be further evaluated before Arizona plays its next game at Calgary on Thursday.

Hjalmarsson, an alternate captain, missed 10 games earlier this season because of an upper-body injury. He has chipped in four assists in 17 games, and ranks second on the team with 40 blocked shots. 

• Arizona needed a bounce-back game from goalie Scott Wedgewood on Tuesday and he delivered. Wedgewood stopped 24 of 27 shots to help the Coyotes earn a point in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Oilers.

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