The Arizona Coyotes will be without an important defensemen for the next while, as they announced Jason Demers will be sidelined on a week-to-week basis with a lower-body injury. Craig Morgan of The Athletic tweets that the injury was sustained during the Coyotes’ game against the Chicago Blackhawks and could need a minor procedure.
Demers, 31, also missed a huge chunk of last season with a knee injury, making this news concerning to Coyotes fans hoping to compete this year. The team is already without Niklas Hjalmarsson but still find themselves in second place in the Pacific Division with the second-best goal differential in the Western Conference. Demers’ absence will perhaps be felt most on the penalty kill where he averages more ice time than any other Arizona player. His 18:31 every night at even-strength puts him firmly in the top-four, a position the team will have to find a way to fill for the time being.