Mike Smith injury: Coyotes goalie out with lower body injury

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Jason LaBarbera will replace him in net against the Sharks.

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.

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