Sunday, October 15, 2006

From bad to worse for the desert dogs

Coyotes' centre Steven Reinprecht fractured his right collarbone in Saturday night's 4-1 loss to Nashville and is expected to be sidelined for eight weeks. He flew back to Phoenix Sunday morning. General manager Mike Barnett said surgery would not be required.

Already sporting the worst record in hockey at 1-4-0, the Phoenix Coyotes received more bad news on Saturday night when the team's top-line centre, Steve Reinprecht, left the game with an injury after playing just more than four minutes.

Reinprecht is the team's leading point scorer after notching five points in the Coyotes first game, so his loss is without question a significant one on a team that has just 11 goals through five games. Things look grim in the desert with defenceman Keith Ballard already out with a broken hand.

How grim, you ask?

"Center Jeremy Roenick replaced Reinprecht as the centre on the top line at Sunday's practice."

UPDATE And then, of course, there was this quote from Wayne Gretzky the night his team lost 9-2 to the Detroit Red Wings: "I don't think our team can get much lower than this. We've got to get back to basics here. By basics, I mean we can't even pass the puck 5 feet right now."

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