Coyotes in San Jose hoping for first game since Dec. 17 after COVID postponements

Coyotes in San Jose hoping for first game since Dec. 17 after COVID postponements

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Coyotes (6-21-2) at. San José Sharks (15-14-1), 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, SAP Center, San José, California), ESPN+//Hulu, Arizona Sports 98.7 FM —The Coyotes left for San Jose late afternoon Monday, in anticipation of playing for the first time since Dec. 17. Their regularly scheduled game against the Sharks was on track to be played, as of Monday night. … Forward Lawson Crouse was eligible to come off the COVID protocol list Monday, along with injured forward Jay Beagle. Crouse could play as soon as Tuesday. … There are still four other players in the protocol, Liam O’Brien, Alex Galchenyuk, Christian Fischer and Ilya Lyubushkin. … The NHL over the weekend brought back taxi squads to help teams with a number of players out due to COVID, and the Coyotes assembled their six-man squad Monday, made up of players who had been at AHL Tucson. …The Coyotes went 5-2-1 against San Jose last season when both were in the West Division. They will meet twice more this season, with Arizona in the Central now. … Phil Kessel scored 10 goals against the Sharks last season, and Clayton Keller had nine points in those eight games. … The Coyotes called up F Jan Jenik from Tucson on Monday, but not to be on the taxi squad. Jenik made his NHL debut in playing the final two games of last season, and scored a goal in each, both at San Jose on May 7 and 8, 2021.

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