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Coyotes D Oliver Ekman-Larsson day-to-day with upper-body injury

Arizona Coyotes' Oliver Ekman-Larsson, of Sweden, checks Tampa Bay Lightning's Steven Stamkos during the second period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)

Arizona Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson is day-to-day with an upper-body injury suffered Monday against the Colorado Avalanche.

Coach Dave Tippett told the media after Arizona’s 3-1 loss in Colorado that he didn’t know the specifics of the injury and had not yet talked the medical personnel about it.

Ekman-Larsson injured himself after being slammed against the boards by Avalanche center Matt Duchene. He immediately got up and shuffled off the ice, heading to the locker room hunched over.

The Coyotes’ defenseman has scored 19 goals this season and added 30 assists. Losing him would be another painful blow to Arizona, which has lost eight of its last nine games.

This isn’t the first injury scare Ekman-Larsson has given Coyotes fans this season. On Feb. 20 against St. Louis, he suffered a lower-body injury that briefly put his status in question until he returned the next game at Washington.

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