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Coyotes report: Roster

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Ilya Bryzgalov, Jason LaBarbera.

Ed Jovanovski, Zbynek Michalek, James Vandermeer, Keith Yandle, David Schlemko, Adrian Aucoin.

Taylor Pyatt, Robert Lang, Shane Doan.

Petr Prucha, Martin Hanzal, Radim Vrbata.

Scottie Upshall, Matthew Lombardi, Peter Mueller.

Vernon Fiddler, Daniel Winnik, Peter Bissonnette.


--C Robert Lang started on the first line with Taylor Pyatt and Shane Doan. But by the third period, Lang and Pyatt found themselves on the bench watching as coach Dave Tippett juggled the lines and appeared to have singled out his two big forwards for a lack of hustle.

--RW Paul Bissonnette has 56 penalty minutes in the first 25 games, and he had yet another tilt on Monday. The first period featured no goals but a spirited battle between Bissonnette and ex-Coyote Brandon Prust. The battle lasted a good minute and forced officials to move the goal aside as each man good some good shots in.

--D Sami Lepisto was a healthy scratch for the first time this season. Not expected to be among the top six when the season began, Lepisto found himself with a job when Kurt Sauer went down in the first game, and he was playing with the second defense pair when Ed Jovanovski and Zbynek Michalek both went out with injuries. While playing more than 20 minutes a night, he was a minus player in eight of the last 11 games (minus-11 overall), so it was a good time for him to sit.


--D Ed Jovanovski returned to the lineup for the first time since suffering a lower-body injury on Nov. 5. He was placed on injured reserve on Nov. 11. Despite missing all that time, Jovanovski still leads the Phoenix defensemen and is second on the team with 13 points (five goals, eight assists).

--D Zbynek Michalek returned to action after missing nine games with a lower body injury. The NHL's leader in blocked shots last season led all Phoenix players in ice time at the time of his injury.

--C Martin Hanzal missed his first game of the season Monday in Edmonton with a lower body injury. But he returned to the lineup Wednesday and was reunited with wingers Petr Prucha and Radim Vrbata.

--D Kurt Sauer (upper body injury) missed his 24th game. He has not played since opening day Oct. 3, and there is no timetable for his return.

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