The Phoenix Coyotes
could be without a pair of important pieces to their playoff puzzle in the second of back-to-back games against the Calgary Flames
at the Scotiabank Saddledome Thursday.
Both Adrian Aucoin
and Radim Vrbata
are questionable for the game, an important contest in the Western Conference playoff picture. The Coyotes are currently seventh in the West and hold a three-point advantage over the Flames at 81.
Vrbata missed the 5-4 victory over Vancouver Wednesday due to illness and is considered day-to-day by the club.
Aucoin did suit up against the Canucks, but did not finish the game, which could pave the way for either Michael Stone
or Derek Morris
to return to the lineup. Stone was a healthy scratch for the Coyotes, while Morris hasn’t played since Feb. 11 due to personal reasons.
Either could play in front of goaltender Mike Smith
, who is expected to start against Calgary. Smith has started 13 of the previous 14 games for the Coyotes.
Here's the projected lineup for the Coyotes:
- Antoine Vermette
- Gilbert Brule
- Daymond Langkow
- Shane Doan
- Boyd Gordon
- Lauri Korpikoski
- Marc-Antoine Pouliot
- Paul Bissonnette
- David Schlemko
- Michal Rozsival
- Michael Stone