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Kings expect Martin Hanzal to make impact in return

May 19, 2012, 11:19 PM EDT

Martin Hanzal, Dwight King AP

The Phoenix Coyotes should be a motivated team as they face elimination in Game 4 on Sunday and Martin Hanzal is likely to be among the most inspired. Los Angeles Kings sniper Jeff Carter told Rich Hammond that he expects the big center to make a big impact after sitting out Game 3 because of a suspension.

“He’s a big part of their team,” Carter said. “He’s shown that all year, and in the playoffs here. He kind of maybe settles their minds down a bit, gets people into the right places. We know that he’s going to be fired up, coming out with a strong game after sitting out last game.”

Hanzal has scored some big goals in the playoffs, yet the best sign that he’s “fired up” would probably be in how much he uses his large frame. More often than not, Hanzal makes an impact in more subtle ways (well, unless you’re going up against him).

Speaking of going up against him, Hammond reports that the Coyotes are likely to go with the lineup they had early in the series. That means Hanzal is expected to center a line between struggling wingers Ray Whitney and Radim Vrbata.

If those two should-be top scorers feed off of Hanzal’s return, Phoenix could pose a pesky team to finish off.

  1. proudliberal85392 - May 20, 2012 at 12:33 AM

    Next, the return of Whitney and Vrbata…I hope.

    • polegojim - May 20, 2012 at 9:46 AM

      @proud – that’s funny!

      The Kings are being polite…. People say nice things at a eulogy.

  2. barroomhero80 - May 20, 2012 at 12:43 AM


  3. blomfeld - May 20, 2012 at 1:12 AM

    Phoenix could pose a pesky team to finish off ? …

    “Yes … and those pesky ants over there on the sidewalk may be difficult to step on ?” …

    Friends, this “Hansel and Gretel” line by O’Brien is a complete joke ! Tomorrow we send the “yotes” off to the links ! … and hopefully the organization back to as “indigenous” home ! The Coyotes will be “dealt with” and then God willing, bring on the Rangers !

  4. challer9 - May 20, 2012 at 2:21 AM

    • wisbadgers - May 20, 2012 at 10:06 AM

      It’s hard to hate on a Zoolander clip. That movie is awesome.
      time for Hanzal to live up to his name-hype!!!!

  5. nyrangersfan - May 20, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    I don’t think Hanzel will make a difference the kings have their number.

  6. oside760 - May 20, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    i dont expect the coyotes to do anything besides continuing to suck D

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