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Stone Sidelined Indefinitely with Lower-Body Injury

by Dave Vest / Arizona Coyotes

GLENDALE – Coyotes defenseman Michael Stone will be sidelined indefinitely because of a lower-body injury he suffered on Saturday night vs. Philadelphia.

“I don’t want to comment on what it is until I find out what it is, but it’s longer term than the season has left in it,” Head Coach Dave Tippett said after Monday's morning skate. “I would say he would be done for the season.”

Arizona has just seven games left in the 2015-16 campaign.

Stone suffered the injury when he got tangled with Flyers forward Michael Raffl late in the third period. Stone was helped off the ice and did not return to the game.

Stone, whom the Coyotes drafted 69th overall in 2008, set career highs in points (36), assists (30) and shots (161) in 75 games this season, and he ranked second only to Oliver Ekman-Larsson in ice time/per game; Stone logs 22:27 and Ekman-Larsson plays 24:39.

“He’s played really well,” Tippett said. “He’s had a real good season. It’s disappointing. He's been carrying a lot of minutes, playing a lot of roles for our team. It's disappointing for him, but a hurdle he'll have to get over.”

On Monday, the team recalled Alex Grant from the American Hockey League to be the seventh defenseman. Grant joined the team for the morning skate on Monday but Tippett said he probably wouldn’t play vs. Calgary.

“He’s had a pretty good year in Springfield (AHL),” Tippett said. “He’s a similar kind of player as Stone – power play, big shot. So we’ll see where that goes. He probably won’t play tonight, but we’ll try to integrate him in. ”

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