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Kuemper could play Tuesday for Coyotes against Panthers

Goalie has been out since Dec. 19 with upper-body injury

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Darcy Kuemper could return for the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday when they host the Florida Panthers at Gila River Arena.

"He's a possibility for the next game, so that's good news," Tocchet said of the goalie before the Coyotes hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; FS-A PLUS, SUN, NHL.TV). "We'll get a practice in with him. He's got to get a good, full practice in. He'll get one Monday for sure, and then we'll talk about Tuesday for him. Maybe there's a possibility he'll play."

Kuemper, who hasn't played since Dec. 19 because of a lower-body injury, was sent to Tucson of the American Hockey League on Saturday for conditioning purposes. Kuemper made 26 saves on 28 shots for Tucson against Stockton on Saturday and was recalled by the Coyotes on Sunday.

Kuemper is 15-8-2 with a 2.17 goals-against average, a .929 save percentage and two shutouts in 25 games this season. He was close to returning before he had a setback during the morning skate prior to the game at the Montreal Canadiens on Feb. 10.

The Coyotes (30-26-8) are 10-13-4 since Kuemper was injured.

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