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Fox Sports Arizona:
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Coyotes were without forwards Martin Hanzal and Lauri Korpikoski and goaltender Mike Smith at Monday's practice in Scottsdale.
The team practiced locally before boarding a plane for Chicago in advance of Tuesday's Game 3 in the NHL Western Conference playoffs. The series is tied at 1-1.
All three players were banged up in Saturday's Game 2 of the Western Conference quarterfinals, though Smith did not miss any action. Hanzal limped off the ice after three shifts with an apparent leg injury, but the Coyotes didn't specify his injury, nor did they disclose Korpikoski's.
Not surprisingly, Coyotes coach Dave Tippett declined to discuss any health situations following Monday's practice.
"Our health is just fine," Tippett said. "We have everybody under evaluation, that's where we're at, that's not a concern of ours."
Smith took a shoulder to the head from Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw in the second period Saturday and spent several minutes on the ice but remained in the game. There's no evidence to suggest he's dealing with any after-effects from the hit, particularly given his remarks after the game Saturday, so Monday may have just been a little extra rest.
"I feel fine," Smith said Saturday. "I'm 100 percent."
Hanzal's status is of much more concern. The first line center reportedly left Jobing.com Arena during Saturday's game for further testing, and a TSN reporter tweeted during the game that he had to be helped to the locker room by three people.
The Coyotes arrive in Chicago in the afternoon Monday and will skate Tuesday morning before the day's 6 p.m. PST game at the United Center. It can be seen on FOX Sports Arizona Plus (click for channel finder), beginning with the pre-game show at 5:45 p.m.
After stealing a game in Arizona, the Blackhawks have readon to be excited about heading home to paly in front of a packed house at the United Center, where they have a 27-8-6 record this season.
But none of those 27 wins came against the Coyotes. Phoenix won the first meeting in Chicago, 4-1, and then won again, six days later, i a shootout.
The Coyotes are expecting a charged atmosphere Tuesday right from the start of the National Anthem.
"It will be awesome," Coyotes captain Shane Doan said. "As a player you get up just as much no matter if you're the home team or visiting team when you have a crowd that's excited and the energy just like our building. It's going to be fun."
The Coyotes have played well on the road this season, with a 20-14-7 record, so they're not lacking confidence.
"We get so many contributions from everybody," Doan said. "On the road that's so vital. We have the ability to rely on so many different lines and different guys."
Said Tippett: "I think we play a similar game at home and on the road. We need to be a hard-working, tight-checking, really grind-it-out team, and sometimes that's the best answer on the road. That's exactly what we're looking for going to Chicago."
"We feel good about ourselves. We feel we obviously let that one slip away last game, but we just want to get back out there and play, just play tomorrow and redeem ourselves." -- Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle on the team's mind-set after losing Game 2 in overtime.
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Andrew Shaw was ejected for hitting Coyotes goalie Mike Smith behind the net. It was one part of an eventful Game 2.
Phoenix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith, center Martin Hanzal and left wing Lauri Korpikoski did not practice with the team on Monday.
Phoenix coach Dave Tippett would not say if they would be available for Game 3 of the Coyotes' playoff series against Chicago on Tuesday night, only that they were being evaluated.
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Phoenix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith was on the ice for Tuesday morning's skate, but a decision on whether he will play in Game 3 against the Chicago Blackhawks will be made prior to Tuesday night's faceoff.
Smith was hurt in the second period of Phoenix's 4-3 overtime loss on Saturday when he was struck on the head by the shoulder of Chicago's Andrew Shaw. Smith lay...
Going into the game the Coyotes were at a severe disadvantage in that they were without Martin Hanzal and Lauri Korpikoski while going on the road. Korpi is one of the teams best penalty killers and his amazing speed creates chances and turnovers. Hanzal has been te muscle and defensive awareness for the first line that was so successful all year. So losing two top players and replacing...
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Chicago Blackhawks rookie right wing Andrew Shaw was suspended three games by the NHL on Tuesday for his hit to the head of Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith.
Shaw's shoulder connected with Smith's head after the two met behind the net during Saturday's 4-3 overtime win by Chicago. The victory leveled the Western Conference quarterfinal series at one game apiece...