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GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- The Phoenix Coyotes hope they won't be down a player, while the Nashville Predators probably will have two returning for Game 5 of their Western Conference semifinal series.
The NHL has scheduled a hearing with Phoenix defenseman Rostislav Klesla on Sunday afternoon regarding his hit on Nashville forward Matt Halischuk in the Coyotes' 1-0 victory on Friday night.
Replays showed that Klesla appeared to grab the back of Halischuk's jersey before slamming him into the boards. Nashville coach Barry Trotz called it "a very dangerous hit."
Meanwhile, Trotz said Saturday that "there's a high probability" forwards Alexander Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn will be back in the lineup after missing the past two games.
They were suspended for Game 3 for violating team rules, then were scratched from Game 4 because Trotz didn't want to mess with a lineup that played so well in Nashville's 2-0 Game 3 victory.
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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Coyotes defenseman Rusty Klesla was suspended Sunday by the NHL for one game for his hit on Predators forward Matt Halischuk in Game 4 of their Western Conference semifinal series Friday in Nashville.
Klesla shoved Halischuk from behind into the boards in front of the Coyotes' bench at 6:39 of the first period. Replays also showed Klesla grabbing Halischuk...
Phoenix Coyotes fans were set to get a big boost off the ice before the team bids to make history on it Monday night by securing a first trip to the Western Conference finals.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman will hold a news conference in Glendale, Ariz., before the Coyotes attempt to eliminate the Nashville Predators in Game 5, where he was expected to announce that a deal has been...
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN, Operated by the NHL for the past three years, the Coyotes have a permanent cloud of instability hovering over them because of the uncertainty of their future. As a result, Phoenix coach Dave Tippett and his men do their thing very much under the radar of the national spotlight. And they’ll tell you they’re just fine with that.
That’s likely about...
PRESS RELEASE: Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Rostislav Klesla has been suspended for one game for boarding Nashville Predators forward Matt Halischuk during the teams’ Western Conference Semifinal game in Nashville on Friday, May 4, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.
The incident occurred at 6:39 of the first period. A minor penalty for...
As the Phoenix Coyotes march on in the 2012 NHL Playoffs, their sideshow issues continue to travel with them. This week suspended forward Raffi Torres requested an appeal for the ruling on his hit against Chicago Blackhawks' forward Marian Hossa. In the original ruling, Torres was given a 25 game suspension for the hit. The ruling became the largest ban handed out by Brendan...
A person with knowledge of the situation says a tentative deal by the NHL to sell the Phoenix Coyotes to former San Jose Sharks CEO Greg Jamison is expected to be announced before Monday night's playoff game against the Nashville Predators.
The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because there has been no official scheduling of such an announcement.
A second person with...
There were two hits on the ice this weekend that have gotten a bit of scrutiny.
The first one is the hit that Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Rostislav Klesla put on Nashville Predators forward Matt Halischuk. Klesla was given a two minute penalty on the play and has a hearing on Sunday with the National Hockey League's department of player safety.
With the inconsistency...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Shane Doan scored in the first period, Mike Smith made 25 saves and the Phoenix Coyotes beat the Nashville Predators 1-0 on Friday night to grab a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference semifinal series.
By winning their first game in the month of May, the Coyotes can advance to the conference finals with a win in Game 5 on Monday night in Arizona.
With or without Rostislav Klesla, the Phoenix Coyotes have the Nashville Predators backed into a corner in their Western Conference semifinal series.
The upstart Coyotes are up 3-1 in their best-of-seven series and can advance to a conference finals matchup with Los Angeles with a victory over the Predators on Monday night. The Kings completed a four-game sweep of St. Louis on Sunday...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. Two Phoenix-area reporters were walking into the postgame press conference Friday night, searching for a launching point to their stories, when one columnist blurted out: "You want a lead? The Jets (Coyotes) have never been to the conference finals."
At that very moment, Coyotes coach Dave Tippett entered the room and chastised the columnist with a: ...
Just over 16 minutes ticked away off the clock in the second period, before the Phoenix Coyotes were able to muster up their first real, quality offensive shift. While clinging to a one-goal lead, the Coyotes and Mike Smith dodged a plethora of bullets thrown their way by the Predators' offense in the second. Literally, dodged. The Predators, while dominating the play for...
Phoenix Coyotes 1 vs Nashville Predators 0: Coyotes lead series 3-1The Phoenix Coyotes get the job done in Bridgestone Arena by splitting games in Nashville and heading to Jobbing.com Arena for a chance to close the series out. Mike Smith led his team to the shutout by stopping all 25 shots by the Nashville Predators. Although, it wasn't really Mike Smith in Game 4, Friday night...
The sale of the Phoenix Coyotes' franchise to a group led by former San Jose Sharks CEO Greg Jamison is expected to be announced by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman Monday night. The team is expected to be kept in Phoenix. The NHL took ownership of the team in 2009 and reportedly considered potential moves to Seattle or a larger Canadian market. But Jamison's investment group...