The Phoenix Coyotes have placed goaltender Mike Smith on the injured reserve list with an upper-body injury, retroactive to March 21.
Smith was injured last Thursday when he was run over by Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler late in the second period of a 2-1 home loss to the Canucks. He finished the period, but was replaced by Jason LaBarbera for the third period and has not played since.
The Coyotes are 0-5-1 in their past six games and have dropped to 12th in the Western Conference. Smith has an 11-10-3 record with a 2.83 goals-against average and a save percentage of .901. His GAA and save percentage are substantially worse than last season, when he put up a 2.21 GAA and .930 save percentage while going 38-18-10.
He's a special guy. Obviously we are lucky to have him. Just his talent, I'm not surprised anymore. You get to see this guy every practice, and you know what he's able to do. Obviously, it's pretty special for a guy that young to score a hat trick in playoffs, this type of a game too. Really happy for him.
— Predators goalie Pekka Rinne on Filip Forsberg, whose hat trick led Nashville to a Game 5 win vs. Chicago on Thursday