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Daniel Winnik of the Phoenix Coyotes Placed on Injured Reserve

Derek PivkoCorrespondent IDecember 27, 2009

GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 10:  Daniel Winnik #34 of the Phoenix Coyotes is introduced before the NHL game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Jobing.com Arena on October 10, 2009 in Glendale, Arizona. The Blue Jackets defeated the Coyotes 2-0.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Despite a 3-2 victory last night, the Phoenix Coyotes lost an important part of their penalty-killing unit.

Forward Daniel Winnik was placed on injured reserve after missing the final twenty minutes in last nightโ€™s thriller against the Los Angeles Kings. Winnik was seen after the game with his right arm in a sling.

The loss of Winnik serves as a big loss as the Coyotes are also without center Vernon Fiddler who has missed the last three games due to a lower body injury.

In the absence of both Winnik and Fiddler, Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced that the Coyotes have recalled forwards Kevin Porter and Jeff Hoggan from their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage.

Winnik has not missed an entire game this season as he has scored two goals and has added 10 assists this season.

The Coyotes are three points shy of tying division rival the San Jose Sharks and the Chicago Blackhawks for the best record in the Western Conference.

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