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Howling for more: Radim Vrbata will play in Game 2 vs. Chicago

Dallas Stars v Phoenix Coyotes

GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 18: Radim Vrbata #17 of the Phoenix Coyotes awaits a face off against the Dallas Stars during the NHL game at Arena on February 18, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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The Phoenix Coyotes can rest a little easier going into tonight’s Game 2 against Chicago.

After seeing top goal scorer Radim Vrbata leave Game 1 with an upper body injury, Brian Hamilton of the Chicago Tribune reports he’ll be back in the team’s lineup tonight as the Coyotes look to defend home ice and take a 2-0 series lead.

As Vrbata goes, the Coyotes offense generally goes and getting him back tonight will help make life a little easier for Phoenix. Vrbata led the Coyotes in goals this season scoring 35 times and finishing second to Ray Whitney in points. The Coyotes were able to beat Chicago in overtime in Game 1 without Vrbata, but going without him for an extended period isn’t a good recipe for success.