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Jason Demers out for season after suffering knee injury

Injured Arizona Coyotes defenseman Jason Demers (55) pauses on the ice after colliding with the post during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Nashville Predators Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. The Coyotes defeated the Predators 2-1. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Arizona Coyotes defenseman Jason Demers suffered a knee injury in Thursday night’s game against the Nashville Predators and will miss the remainder of the season, reports 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s John Gambadoro.

Demers was skating in front of the Coyotes’ net when he and Kyle Turris made contact. Demers fell down and slid toward his own net and collapsed when he tried to get up. He stayed on the ground for several moments and needed help getting off the ice.

The injury is the latest in a line of injuries for Coyotes defensemen.

Thursday was only the Coyotes’ second game since blueliner Jakob Chychrun returned from injury on Tuesday in Detroit, but nonetheless, Chychrun was out with an upper-body injury. Tocchet said Chychrun is day-to-day and his injury is not serious. Meanwhile, Alex Goligoski is also day-to-day and has not played since Nov. 8 at Philadelphia.

In the wake of the Goligoski and Chychrun injuries, the Coyotes recalled defenseman Dakota Mermis from the Tucson Roadrunners on Thursday. He was a healthy scratch in Thursday’s game. On Friday, the Coyotes recalled Robbie Russo.

Demers is a 10-year NHL veteran who has played fewer than 50 games in a season only one time before. He is in his second year with Arizona and scored his first goal of the season Thursday. Last year, Demers averaged 21:08 of ice time and had six goals to go with 14 assists.

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