Phoenix Coyotes Could Face Their Toughest Challenge Yet

Derek PivkoCorrespondent IJanuary 4, 2010

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 23:  Scottie Upshall #8 of the Phoenix Coyotes celebrates after scoring a first period goal against the Anaheim Ducks during the NHL game at Jobing.com Arena on December 23, 2009 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Ducks 4-0. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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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 Phoenix leaves 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, who was traded from the Philadelphia Flyers back on Mar. 4, 2009 in exchange for Daniel Carcillo, has been a pleasant surprise for Phoenix this season.

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.

Phoenix 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.

There is some good news coming from the injured Coyotes. James Vandermeer is expected to return to the lineup after missing the past three games with an upper-body injury.

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