The Coyotes could be without their top two right wingers for tonight's huge game with the Avalanche.
is definitely out, serving the first of a three-game suspension for his hit on Dallas' Jamie Benn
. And Radim Vrbata
, who has missed two games and part of a third with an undisclosed illness, took part in Tuesday's optional skate and Wednesday's morning skate, is still a game-time decision.
If Vrbata is a no-go, that's more than 50 goals missing from a Phoenix offense that struggles even in the best of times. Winger Taylor Pyatt
and defenseman Adrian Aucoin
will also miss this game between the eighth- and ninth-place teams in the Western Conference.
The Coyotes are 3-1-3 in their last seven games, but have slipped out of a playoff spot and need a win to stay on the heels of Pacific Division-leading Dallas.
Colorado will go without defenseman Erik Johnson
(back spasms) for a second straight game with a back injury and rookie Tyson Barrie
will again get the call. Ryan O'Reilly
, who had his nose broken in Tuesday's overtime win over Calgary, will be in the lineup.
These are the projected lineups for tonight's game:
- Antoine Vermette
- Lauri Korpikoski
- Martin Hanzal
- Gilbert Brule
- Daymond Langkow
- Radim Vrbata
- Boyd Gordon
- Paul Bissonnette
- Derek Morris
- Rostislav Klesla
Michal Roszival - David Schlemko
- Ryan O'Reilly
- Steve Downie
- Paul Stastny
- David Jones
- Matt Duchene
- Milan Hejduk
- Jay McClement
- Mark Olver
- Tyson Barrie
- Ryan O'Byrne
- Ryan Wilson