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Coyotes put Mike Smith on injured reserve

Mar 26, 2013, 6:31 PM EDT

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The last thing the fading Phoenix Coyotes need is for goalie Mike Smith‘s upper-body injury to be worse than initially expected. Some might panic, then, to see that he’s been listed on the injured reserve.

Still, the team likely placed him on the IR retroactive to when he was injured (March 21), so they have flexibility to bring him back in the near future if his health improves.

The Coyotes have been pretty coy about the specifics of his injury – especially the severity – though.

While Smith, 31, was in the net for four of those losses (0-3-1), it still must be worrisome that the Coyotes are without him during a six-game skid. They’re currently ranked 12th in the West with 30 standings points.

(H/T to Rotoworld)

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