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Hanzal (lower body) plays for Coyotes Monday

Nov 25, 2013, 7:48 PM EDT

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Martin Hanzal suffered a lower-body injury that cut his Saturday appearance short, but he’s expected to play through it against the Nashville Predators on Monday, according to Dave Vest of the Phoenix Coyotes’ Web site.

Update: He indeed ended up playing.

The towering pivot has been a force so far in 2013-14, at least when he’s been able to play (he was suspended for two games earlier this season). The 26-year-old has 19 points in 19 games along with providing his usually stout two-way play down the middle.

Phoenix has lost two in a row and three of its last four, so keeping Hanzal in the lineup would be helpful.

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