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Arizona Coyotes defenseman Kyle Capobianco done for season

Arizona Coyotes defenseman Kyle Capobianco reacts after getting checked during the third period of the team's NHL hockey game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Glendale, Ariz. Capobianco left the game.Columbus won 4-2. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Arizona Coyotes defenseman Kyle Capobianco will miss the rest of the season with a lower-body injury, the team announced Friday.

He took a hard hit from Nick Foligno behind the Coyotes’ net in the third period on Thursday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets and didn’t get up. Capobianco was helped up by a member of the Coyotes’ training staff and exited the ice immediately. He did not return.

“Didn’t look good,” head coach Rick Tocchet said after the game, when he did not have an immediate update. “We haven’t been getting any good news lately, so hopefully it’s good news.”

The tilt was Capobianco’s third NHL game. He had played 15:56 with a shot on goal at Nashville on Tuesday, and last year played 13:33 at Boston on Dec. 7, 2017.

Capobianco is only the latest Coyote to be bit by the injury bug. The team is already without goaltender Antti Raanta, centers Nick Schmaltz, Christian Dvorak and Brad Richardson, defensemen Jakob Chychrun and Jason Demers and winger Michael Grabner.


–Dvorak (upper-body) participated in practice on Friday.

–Grabner (eye) skated with the Coyotes on Friday wearing a non-contact jersey. Tocchet has said that Grabner’s vision needed to improve to the point where he could skate in and through traffic, so him participating with his teammates is an important development.

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