The season is barely a week old and already the Coyotes are steeped in adversity.
In the past, this only acted as motivation, but after squandering a two-goal lead in the third period on Thursday in San Jose to start 1-3, these Coyotes don't seem as equipped to withstand these early tests.
"That's the frustrating part because it's kind of been one of the strengths of our team," coach Dave Tippett said. "You get in some tough situations, and you find ways to get points out of it. I thought that was certainly one of those situations (Thursday) night."
As the injury toll rises, the on-ice challenges keep coming: The Coyotes host the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night.
Center Matthew Lombardi is out indefinitely with an upper-body injury. Lombardi left the second period of Thursday's game against the Sharks. He collided with Andrew Desjardins but finished his shift. He later returned to the ice for a power play but immediately left after taking a faceoff.
"It's nothing that he has a history from," Tippett said. "It's not concussion-related or anything like that."
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