The Phoenix Coyotes Could Face Their Toughest Challenge Yet

January 4th, 2010 by Derek Pivko Leave a reply »
The Phoenix Coyotes struggled to win one game last week including a 4-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings.

The loss against the Red Wings hurt even worse when Coyotes leading scorer Scottie Upshall went down in the second period and did not return.

Upshall appears to have an upper-body injury and will be re-evaluated on Monday before the Coyotes leave for Edmonton.

It is unsure whether the Coyotes' leading scorer will travel with the team who are on a two-game road trip this week before returning home on Saturday to host the New York Islanders.

Upshall has been a pleasant surprise for the Coyotes this season who was traded from the Philadelphia Flyers back on Mar. 4, 2009 in exchange for Daniel Carcillo.

The Coyotes seemed to get the better end of the deal as Carcillo is currently tied for 13th in goals for the Flyers with three.

The Coyotes are currently licking their wounds as they are without Vernon Fiddler, who is day-to-day with a groin injury. Daniel Winnik is on injured reserve (IR) with an arm injury and Kurt Sauer has been out for the majority of the season due to neck injuries.

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