The Arizona Coyotes complete a three-game road trip Tuesday night in St. Louis. Louis without four regular players, two placed on injured reserve Monday and two that are in the NHL’s COVID protocol.
Striker Christian Fischer, who sustained an upper body injury against Chicago on Friday, missed the Nashville game on Saturday. Teammate Dmitry Jaskin suffered a leg injury when he was kneeled and knocked down by the Predators’ Mark Borowiecki in the first period and had to leave the match.
Borowiecki was not further disciplined by the NHL after a hearing with the league’s player safety department on Sunday, as the decision was that he prepared for contact and did not extend his knee in a way that deserves further discipline beyond the punishment he received for abuse. of the game. .
Jaskin is likely out of season after Coyotes head coach André Tourigny said after the game that the injury would be “really long-term.” Fischer has played in 14 games with two goals and three assists.
The Coyotes began the current road trip with assistant coach Phil Housley, who was not allowed to travel due to the COVID protocol. Then forward Andrew Ladd was placed in the league’s COVID protocol before Saturday’s match, and on Monday forward Johan Larsson joined them.
There was no schedule given Monday for the players’ return. Larsson and Ladd are the first two Coyotes players this season to miss time for something COVID-related, while the virus has affected several NHL teams even more.
On Monday, the NHL announced that all Ottawa Senators matches until Nov. 20 would be postponed due to 10 players in the COVID protocol.
Three players with little NHL experience were called up from the Tucson Roadrunners in the AHL on Monday. Striker Ben McCartney made his NHL debut earlier this season, striker Hudson Fasching played in five games last season and is the co-leader in scoring for Tucson this season with 10 points, and Jenik scored in each of his two games with the Coyotes late last season. season.
The Coyotes have had four other players on injured reserve since Oct. 25, defender Conor Timmins, goalkeeper Carter Hutton, striker Ryan Dzingel and striker Nick Schmaltz. Arizona next face their Central Division rival Blues, which the Coyotes face for the second time this season.
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