GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Phoenix Coyotes
center Martin Hanzal
, who has missed the last 12 games due to an upper body injury, is back in the starting lineup tonight as they take on the Detroit Red Wings
The Coyotes were 3-5-4 in the 12 games without Hanzal. who will start the game between wingers Taylor Pyatt
and Mikkel Boedker
. Hanzal hasn't played since being hit in the head with a stick in a Dec. 23 home loss to the St. Louis Blues
. Hanzal accompanied the team to Anaheim on Wednesday but returned to Phoenix to be present for the birth of his first child.
Marc-Antonie Pouliot, who had two assists in eight games filling Hanzal's center spot, was a healthy scratch.