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LENEVEU READY FOR HOME DEBUT

Thursday, 10.13.2005 / 4:00 PM / News
Arizona Coyotes

By: Chad Lynch
phoenixcoyotes.com

Coyotes rookie goaltender David LeNeveu will make his first appearance of the season at Glendale Arena tonight against the Nashville Predators, a start he has been eagerly looking forward to.

"It's very exciting no matter where you play," said LeNeveu.  "Although obviously you want to play in your home building and in front of your fans.  It is something I have been looking forward to for a long time.

While most first-year netminders are nervous when they begin playing at the NHL level, for LeNeveu, it is simply the result of the hard work and preparation he demonstrated since the start of training camp.  Paragraph doesn't make sense please rewrite

"From the start of camp I have wanted to play myself into games," said LeNeveu.  "I worked really hard in the pre-season and it is paying off.  Now I just have to get my first win."

Coyotes Head Coach Wayne Gretzky has also been pleased with LeNeveu's play this season.

"He has been really good in both of his previous starts this season," said Gretzky.  "I thought that in the Dallas game, he made some big saves and kept us in the game.  I think he will respond well to playing at home tonight."

MORRIS IS BACK
Defenseman Derek Morris will play in tonight's game against Nashville.  Morris has not played since suffering a groin strain on opening night in Vancouver.

"He is a big part of the success of this team," said Coyotes Head Coach Wayne Gretzky.  "He will improve our power play and be a leader on the ice."

Morris made the trip to Dallas earlier this week, but didn't play in Tuesday's game after experiencing some discomfort after the pre-game skate.  After sitting out practice yesterday, Morris was cleared to return to the line-up tonight.

RICCI PLACED ON IR
Prior to Thursday's game against the Nashville Predators, the Coyotes placed forward Mike Ricci on the injured reserve list as he continues to recover from a broken nose suffered in last Saturday's victory over Minnesota.

"He is a tough guy and want's to get back out there," said Gretzky.  "But we are going to wait and see how he's doing this weekend."

Ricci will be eligible to return to the Coyotes line-up on Saturday and could be activated in time for Saturday's game against Detroit.

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