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Arizona Coyotes' Gormley gains experience at blue line — The search for stability on the Coyotes' blue line introduced a new candidate into the mix this week with the hope that more possibilities would deliver a combination that sticks.

Offense picking up, but better defending still tops Coyotes' needs — Despite limiting the Maple Leafs to only two goals in Tuesday's 3-2 win, the Coyotes still rank 30th in the league in goals-against (3.58) which remains the most glaring aspect of their play that needs improvement. "We have a lot to learn as a team," coach Dave Tippett said.

Coyotes assistant coach Newell Brown has puck smarts — When he isn't skating on the periphery of the action at practice, a whistle flapping against his track-suit jacket, Coyotes assistant coach Newell Brown usually has a collection of pucks pooling at his feet. And the purpose for those pucks is always changing. They've been dropped for one-on-one faceoff battles at center ice.

Notes: Arizona Coyotes call up Brandon Gormley — When the goals dried up on the team's recent four-game road trip, the Coyotes looked within the pipeline for a jolt and found one in the form of winger Tobias Rieder. The call-up served up the game-winning goal in the trip's finale - a 6-5 muscle act over the Capitals - and filled out a line that accrued seven points.

Arizona Coyotes' defense keys win over Toronto Maple Leafs — As they swirled into an offensive slump at the outset of their East Coast excursion last week, the Coyotes bemoaned the lack of puck luck. But the breaks weren't going to be handed out. They'd have to earn them.

Game Day: Toronto Maple Leafs visit Arizona Coyotes — Possible Coyotes lines: Rieder-Vermette-Doan Klinkhammer-Hanzal-Erat Korpikoski-Gagner-Boedker McMillan-Vitale-Crombeen Ekman-Larsson-Michalek Yandle-Murphy Gormley-Stone Potential scratches: Summers, Chipchura and Schlemko. Injury update: Winger Dave Moss is week-to-week with an upper-body injury after blocking a shot with his hand. Possible Maple Leafs lines: Winnik-Kadri-Kessel van Riemsdyk-Bozak-Clarkson Komarov-Holland-Santorelli Panik-Carrick-Ashton Phaneuf-Franson Rielly-Polak Gardiner-Robidas Bernier Potential scratches: Frattin and Percy.

McLellan: Injury and illness rock the NHL — The NHL has just reached November, and already a handful of teams have been infected by the injury bug and other ailments. But perhaps the most concerning health news is surrounding a player no longer in the game. The beloved Gordie Howe, respectfully known as "Mr. Hockey," suffered a stroke last week but is on the mend in his home in Texas.

Arizona Coyotes may have found winning combination — In his first game with the Coyotes, Tobias Rieder made coach Dave Tippett look like a genius for putting him with the top line. Rieder delivered the game-winning goal in Sunday's 6-5 win over the Capitals and helped spur Shane Doan and Antoine Vermette to each post three-point nights.

Rieder makes NHL debut, scores game-winner — Ever since the first loss of this now-completed four-game road trip - a 7-3 drubbing by the Lightning - change was threatened as a possibility if the Coyotes didn't rebound.

Shane Doan, Arizona Coyotes snap 3-game skid, beat Washington Capitals — WASHINGTON (AP) - Shane Doan scored twice, and the Arizona Coyotes salvaged at least something from their road trip, snapping a three-game skid with a come-from-behind 6-5 win over the mistake-prone Washington Capitals on Sunday night.
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Dec 19, 2014

Hanzal and his wife had a baby girl, Natalia. Still unclear if he'll make it to LA.

Dec 19, 2014

@ciron01 Nope. They're at roster limit. Murphy jumps back in, and Bolduc would play.

Dec 19, 2014

@rossdelliott Sure does. All three of the boys' names are on the back.

Dec 19, 2014

Tippett hasn't named starter yet for tomorrow. Dubnyk in net for 3 of last 4 points. Smith rested with week of practice under belt.

Dec 19, 2014

As for Stone and Korpikoski, both making the trip. Stone out tomorrow; Korpikoski doubtful.

Dec 19, 2014

Hanzal took a personal day to be with his wife, who's expecting. Unclear yet if he'll make it to LA. Would play if he made it.

Dec 19, 2014

RT @azcsports: #Coyotes' Oliver Ekman-Larsson has a knack for OT winners. @azc_mclellan has the story:

Dec 19, 2014

So this is how #Coyotes look with that on mind: 89-50-19/8-49-9/10-24-18/22-14-44/23-4/3-6/20-5.

Dec 19, 2014

Hanzal and Korpikoski not on the ice for #Coyotes practice. Stone was on for PP work and then left.

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