The Arizona Coyotes have lost defenseman Michael Stone for the remainder of Tuesday’s game against the Edmonton Oilers.
Stone was on the receiving end of a hard Steven Pinizzotto hit in the first period. He played only four shifts in the game, before leaving for the dressing room after the hit. Stone suffered an upper-body injury and will not return, according to Sarah McLellan of azcentral sports.
There was no call on the play.
Vancouver Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa will sit out Tuesday’s game against the St. Louis Blues because of a lower-body injury, Sportsnet’s Dan Murphy reports.
This allows depth blueliner Cam Barker to make his way back into the lineup. Murphy reports that Barker will be paired with Alexander Edler.
Bieksa, 31, dealt with a groin injury earlier this season. It’s unclear if that’s what is plaguing him today or if it’s a different problem.
One other minor move addresses the team lower forward ranks as Tom Sestito comes in for Steven Pinizzotto. Finally, Cory Schneider will start in goal.
The Vancouver Canucks will get an added punch to the lineup tonight against Calgary as forwards Mason Raymond and Dale Weise will return to action.
Shoulder injuries caused both to miss significant time. Raymond had missed the last two games while Weise had been held out of the last six contests, forcing the Canucks to play the likes of Steven Pinizzotto (who’ll be a healthy scratch tonight) and Nicklas Jensen (who’s been returned to AHL Chicago).
“It’s great to get back out there,” Raymond told the Canucks website. “I had a good couple of games rest and it helped me improve.”
“I took contact yesterday in practice and it responded pretty well this morning,” Weise added. “I went again this morning and everything is A-OK so I’m good to go tonight.”
Raymond will play with Andrew Ebbett and Zack Kassian against the Flames, while Weise will skate with Tom Sestito and Maxim Lapierre.
The Canucks, meanwhile, will look to move four points clear of Minnesota in the Northwest Division. The Wild have lost three straight and don’t play again until a Sunday affair in Columbus.