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No Adrian Aucoin for the Coyotes in Game 5

May 22, 2012, 8:50 PM EDT

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Andrei Kostitsyn, Patric Hornqvist, Adrian Aucoin, Mike Smith AP

The Phoenix Coyotes would likely love to have a veteran presence like Adrian Aucoin in the lineup for another elimination contest tonight in Game 5. Unfortunately for the Coyotes, the 38-year-old defenseman wasn’t out for warm-ups tonight, so he won’t be playing as Phoenix tries to chip away at the Los Angeles Kings’ 3-1 series lead.

Aucoin played 12 minutes in the Coyotes’ Game 4 win, although every shift came before the third period.

The veteran blueliner hasn’t had many brushes with high-level success in the NHL – this is the first time his team made it past the first round – so it must hurt that he’s only played one game in the Western Conference finals. It appears it will stay that way, though.

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