The Phoenix Coyotes have hit a bit of a rough patch lately. This after climbing the league standings with a hot stretch of play from the end of October to the middle part of November. They’ve cooled off considerably as of late, but could start to get some healthy bodies back out on the ice soon.
Zach Buchanan of AZCentral Sports is reporting that defenseman Zbynek Michalek could be close to returning for the desert dogs. He’s been on the sidelines since November 14 and has missed Phoenix’s last nine contests. The defenseman took part in his first full practice on Monday morning, and Buchanan says that Michalek accompanied the Coyotes to Denver for tonight’s contest against the Colorado Avalanche.
It’s unknown at this point if the 30-year-old will definitely be able to go or not, but it’s certainly a positive that he’s getting close. He spoke to Buchanan about how anxious he was to return:
It’s really hard to watch, not being able to help. It’s a really tough part. It felt like maybe three months, not three weeks. I hope I can be back soon and playing again.
If Michalek can’t go this evening, his next chance will come on Thursday when the New York Islanders visit Phoenix.