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Morris and Klesla return, Brule makes season debut for Coyotes

Dec 19, 2013, 7:17 PM EDT

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It would be wrong to say that the Phoenix Coyotes are back to full-strength on Thursday, but they’re getting there, at least.

Defensemen Rostislav Klesla and Derek Morris have returned to the fold while forward Gilbert Brule makes his 2013-14 season debut, the Arizona Republic’s Sarah McLellan reports.

That’s positive news for the Coyotes as they face the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight – particularly Morris returning – but Shane Doan, Zbynek Michalek and Lauri Korpikoski remain out of the mix.

Phoenix is understandably described as a tight-to-the-vest team, but the ‘Yotes have actually been engaged in fairly high-scoring games this season. They’ve scored 105 goals and given up 103 so far. That underrated offensive attack could make for a sneaky challenge for James Reimer & Co, although not having Doan stunts their forward group quite a bit.

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