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Coyotes assign G Ivan Prosvetov to Tucson as Antti Raanta eyes return

Goaltender Ivan Prosvetov #50 of the Arizona Coyotes warms up before the NHL game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Gila River Arena on January 12, 2020 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The Arizona Coyotes reassigned goaltender Ivan Prosvetov back to the Tucson Roadrunners (AHL) on Friday, a likely sign that goaltender Antti Raanta is ready to return from a lower-body injury.

The team also recalled defenseman Kyle Capobianco. The Coyotes announced on Thursday that defenseman Jordan Oesterle is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.

Raanta missed a period of time with a lower-body injury once already this season and returned on Jan. 10, only to sustain another injury in his first game back and miss more time. Head coach Rick Tocchet said Wednesday that Raanta was possible to play on Saturday at Edmonton — the Coyotes’ last game before a 10-day break — and Prosvetov getting sent down supports that idea.

Adin Hill has been the Coyotes’ other goaltender while Darcy Kuemper is out with his own lower-body injury. Prosvetov did not see NHL action while he was with the Coyotes.

Capobianco comes up once again to add depth to the Coyotes’ blue line. He has played seven NHL games for Arizona this year, scoring his first NHL goal for his only point in that time. He’s played 10 total NHL games in his career, all with the Coyotes.

Ilya Lyubushkin was in the lineup on Thursday night at Vancouver as Oesterle was out.


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