The Arizona Coyotes have seen hulking centreman Martin Hanzal appear in significantly more games in the 2015-16 season than they did in the year prior, when the former first round pick was shut down midway through the year with season-ending surgery.
The Pacific Division club have still seen their forward jump in and out of the lineup with minor injuries throughout the year, though – and as they leave Hanzal behind in Arizona for the start of their road trip to St. Louis to finish out the year, it doesn’t look like he’ll end the season on a very healthy note.
The Coyotes confirmed that Hanzal, who boasts 13 goals and 41 points for the team through 64 games played this year, was left behind when the team flew to the Central Division for their Monday night game. He isn’t the only player they left behind, as blue liner Nicklas Grossmann stayed home to await the birth of his child, but it’s certainly disappointing on his end after the team expressed hope on Saturday that he’d be good to travel.
Drafted 17th overall by the Coyotes in 2005, Hanzal has recorded 101 goals and 287 points over 557 career NHL games, all with Arizona.
The team will look to build off of a 3-0 shutout victory over the Washington Capitals from Saturday when they face the Blues later this evening. The game will start at 7:00 PM CST in St. Louis, and is the first of a three game road trip for the Coyotes to finish out their 2015-16 campaign.