The Phoenix Coyotes will be without a key defenseman in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals against the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday night. Adrian Aucoin suffered an undisclosed injury in the Coyotes Game 5 win over the Nashville Predators in the Western Conference Semifinals, and he hasn’t practiced since.
Coyotes coach Dave Tippett made the announcement on Saturday afternoon during his pre-series press conference.
Aucoin skated Sunday morning according to NHL.com, but it wasn’t a hard skate. David Schlemko will make just his fourth start of the postseason in Aucoin’s place. The Coyotes will get a boost in Game 1 on defense even despite Aucoin’s absence, though, as Rostislav Klesla returns from a one-game suspension.
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