The Arizona Coyotes were already one of the league leaders in terms of man-games lost due to injury.
That total is only going to get worse.
The team announced on Tuesday that forward Nick Schmaltz will be sidelined for the remainder of the 2018-19 season due to a lower-body injury.
Schmaltz has not played since Dec. 30, missing each of the team’s past three games.
It is disappointing news for the Coyotes because Schmaltz had been playing very well since he was acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks earlier this season in exchange for Dylan Strome and Brendan Perlini. In his first 17 games with the Coyotes he had tallied 14 total points (five goals, nine assists) and was on pace for more than 50 points overall for the second year in a row.
The 22-year-old forward scored 21 goals and 52 total points in his first full NHL season a year ago with the Blackhawks.
Strome has had nearly identical production for the Blackhawks since the trade.
Entering play on Tuesday the Coyotes are in 12th place in the Western Conference with an 18-21-3 record, sitting six points out of a playoff spot with four teams in front of them.