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Coyotes' Mikkel Boedker has spleen removed — In a season littered with frustration amid unmet expectations, the Arizona Coyotes haven't had many bright spots to embrace. Winger Mikkel Boedker's performance of late was emerging as one of them. He leads the team in goals with 14, but the Coyotes won't be able to count on that offense in the near future as Boedker was placed on injured reserve Monday.

Coyotes' Shane Doan credits a life-saver — It had been 34 days since he embarked on this routine, navigating the wheel of his black Ford truck along the Loop 101 in a suit he hadn't had a use for in weeks.

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.
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Jan 27, 2015

Murphy leading the stretches as father Gord (assistant with the Flyers) scouts from the stands.

Jan 27, 2015

#Coyotes skating the same as yesterday: 8-50-19/10-11-9/22-24-18/38-14-28/3-26/23-4/45-5. Extras: 20 & 44.

Jan 27, 2015

OEL has arrived in Philadelphia, on the ice this morning with rest of #Coyotes.

Jan 27, 2015

#Coyotes return from All-Star break, meet up in Philadelphia amid tough weather via @azcentral

Jan 27, 2015

RT @azcsports: The All-Star break is over, and the #Coyotes look to reset, weather permitting. @azc_mclellan has more:

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