By Ben Meyer-Abbott
The Phoenix Coyotes will once again be without forwards Martin Hanzal and Lauri Korpikoski for Game 4 of their first-round series against the Blackhawks.
Hanzal (lower-body) and Korpikoski (upper-body) both missed the Coyotes' 3-2 overtime victory in Game 3 at the United Center as Phoenix grabbed a 2-1 lead in the series.
Hanzal participated in the Coyotes' morning skate Thursday and told reporters he would be a game-time decision for Game 4. But less than 20 minutes later Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said ruled out both Hanzal and Korpikoski for Game 4. Korpikoski did not practice Thursday.
Still, Hanzal was optimistic about his recovery.
"It's getting better," Hanzal said. "It's getting real better."
Tippett has been impressed with how his team has played in the series without their full complement of players.
"You hope you have that depth. You don't know what you have until it actually gets thrown in there," Tippett said. "We're certainly getting tested right now."
The Coyotes depth will be further tested without forward Raffi Torres, who was suspended indefinitely for his hit in Game 2 on Marian Hossa. Torres has a disciplinary hearing set for Friday.
"We rely on everybody to chip in goals, [so] somebody's going to get an opportunity," Tippett said. "Hopefully he can chip in similar to [what] Raffi does. But [Torres] has been a good player in the series, a hard player, a player that finishes checks, obviously. We're going to have to put somebody in there that can bring that same spirit in the game."