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

Mar 7, 2016, 10:22 PM
Arizona Coyotes' Oliver Ekman-Larsson, of Sweden, checks Tampa Bay Lightning's Steven Stamkos durin...

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)

(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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Arizona Coyotes left wing Sergei Plotnikov, front, of Russia, drives Colorado Avalanche defenseman Zach Redmond into the boards to take control of the puck in the first period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, March 7, 2016, in downtown Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Arizona Coyotes goalie Louis Domingue, right, makes a glove save of a shot by Colorado Avalanche center Carl Soderberg, of Sweden, in the first period of an NHL hockey game Monday, March 7, 2016, in downtown Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Colorado Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy looks on against the Arizona Coyotes in the first period of an NHL hockey game Monday, March 7, 2016, in downtown Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Colorado Avalanche defenseman Eric Gelinas, right, struggles to control the puck as Arizona Coyotes left wing Sergei Plotnikov, of Russia, defends, Monday, March 7, 2016, in downtown Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov, left, of Russia, makes a stick save of a shot by Arizona Coyotes center Martin Hanzal, of the Czech Republic, in the first period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, March 7, 2016, in downtown Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Arizona Coyotes goalie Louis Domingue has the puck filly over his head after stopping a shot off the stick of Colorado Avalanche center Carl Soderberg, of Sweden, in the first period of an NHL hockey game Monday, March 7, 2016, in downtown Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Colorado Avalanche center Shawn Matthias, left, celebrates scoring a goal with defenseman Nick Holden against the Arizona Coyotes in the first period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, March 7, 2016, in downtown Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Arizona Coyotes left wing Sergei Plotnikov, left, of Russia, hooks Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie in the second period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, March 7, 2016, in downtown Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov, of Russia, takes a drink during a time out against the Arizona Coyotes in the second period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, March 7, 2016, in downtown Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Arizona Coyotes center Max Domi loses his edge while driving with the puck against the Colorado Avalanche in the second period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, March 7, 2016, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov, of Russia, makes a stick save of a shot against the Arizona Coyotes in the second period of an NHL hockey game Monday, March 7, 2016, in downtown Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Arizona Coyotes center Max Domi, left, drives past Colorado Avalanche left wing Cody McLeod for a shot in the second period of an NHL hockey game Monday, March 7, 2016, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

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