The Phoenix Coyotes will be without top netminder Mike Smith on Monday, as he will be out with a "lower body injury." He's day-to-day. Backup Jason LaBarbera will start against the San Jose Sharks instead.
Smith dealt with a groin injury earlier this season.
This is bad news on two fronts for Phoenix, a team scratching and clawing for a playoff spot. Smith is 6-3-1 with 2.10 GAA and .943 save percentage in his career against the Sharks, and has been playing very well as of late. A long-term injury could derail the Coyotes playoff hopes, but the good news is that the Coyotes are off until Thursday after Monday's game.