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Coyotes’ Doan, Morris, Korpikoski won’t play Tuesday

Dec 9, 2013, 9:56 PM EDT

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The Phoenix Coyotes have been struggling lately, and injuries remain an issue, as Shane Doan, Derek Morris and Lauri Korpikoski will continue to sit out action on Tuesday.

Doan, 37, skipped Friday’s game with an illness. Morris, 35, is dealing with personal issues and Korpikoski, 27, is struggling with a lower-body injury. Those three players – particularly Doan and Morris – will be missed against the Colorado Avalanche tomorrow.

There is at least some bright injury news for the Coyotes, as Zbynek Michalek at least has a chance to return from a lower-body issue that’s sidelined him since Nov. 14.

“It’s a good step in the right direction,” Michalek said after Monday’s practice. “It feels good, especially mentally, to be with the guys again and to get the practice under my belt. Hopefully I keep improving and getting better.”

He’ll test things out during Tuesday’s morning skate to see if he can play. He won’t fill the void left by the most notable trio of Coyotes injured players all by himself, but Phoenix can use all the help it can get.

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