SUNRISE, Fla. —
The Phoenix Coyotes
will have one of their defensemen back Tuesday night and they could have a new one in the lineup as well.
Coach Dave Tippett
said after the morning skate that Rostislav Klesla
would return after missing the last seven games because of a lower-body injury.
But Tippett said he hadn’t decided whether to play David Rundblad
, who was acquired Saturday in the trade that sent Kyle Turris
“He’s up for selection,” Tippett said. “He’s not ruled out yet, but he’s not ruled in, either.”
Rundblad, who did not play in Saturday’s 3-2 loss to the Rangers, had one goal and three assists in 24 games with Ottawa.
Here’s the projected lineup for the Coyotes:
- Martin Hanzal
- Radim Vrbata
- Daymond Langkow
- Shane Doan
- Boyd Gordon
- Kyle Chipchura
- Cal O'Reilly
- Lauri Korpikoski
- Derek Morris
- Keith Yandle
- Rostislav Klesla
Injuries continue to force the Florida Panthers
to shuffle their lineup.
Forward Bill Thomas
was signed to a two-way contract Tuesday and should be in the lineup against Phoenix. Thomas had three goals and four assists in 24 games for the Panthers last season, but has played in San Antonio all season.
He will replace Sean Bergenheim
, who is out with a groin injury. He was injured Sunday in a 3-2 overtime victory against Carolina after scoring his third goal in two games. Coach Kevin Dineen
said he didn’t have a timetable for how long Bergenheim would be out of action. Bergenheim missed seven games earlier this season with another lower-body injury.
In another move, Tim Kennedy
will skate up front after being recalled from San Antonio of the AHL for the third time this season. Kennedy will replace Greg Rallo
, who was sent back down after making his NHL debut at the age of 30 on Sunday.
“We’re not looking to flip bodies right now and keep on moving guys in and out of the lineup,” Dineen said. “We want to find the right players and I know Tim Kennedy
is the right guy for the job. He’s been here for the majority of the year and from everything that I understand Bill Thomas
has put in a good stretch of hockey and deserves an opportunity to come back and play some games in a Panthers uniform.”
Here’s the projected lineup for the Panthers:
- Stephen Weiss
- Kris Versteeg
- Tomas Kopecky
- Bill Thomas
- Mike Santorelli
- Mikael Samuelsson
- Tim Kennedy
- Matt Bradley
- Brian Campbell
- Mike Weaver
- Erik Gudbranson