Michael Stone D PHO 1 Day
Stone (upper body) will not play Saturday against the Kings, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports.
Though Stone will travel with the team to Los Angeles, he's not considered an option for the game after failing to practice Friday. Connor Murphy enters the lineup in his place.
Michael Stone D PHO 2 Days
Stone (upper body) didn't practice Wednesday, according to Sarah McLellan of AZCentral.com and remains day-to-day.
Stone left Tuesday's game against the Oilers early in the first period and should be considered questionable for Saturday's game against the Kings until he can return to practice.
Michael Stone D PHO 3 Days
Stone left Tuesday's win over the Oilers in the first period with an upper-body injury and didn't return, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports.
Stone suffered the injury when he was leveled by the Oilers' Steve Pinizzotto, leaving the Coyotes to play with only five defensemen for the majority of the game. He's being viewed as day-to-day for now, but the Coyotes should have a better idea if he'll be available for Saturday's game against the Kings based on how the next couple of practices go.
Michael Stone D PHO 24 Days
Stone scored his second goal of the season and added an assist Tuesday in a loss to the Avalanche. He had a strong game adding four shots, five blocks, and two hits while going plus-1.
Stone is not a big scorer, but he can make contributions in other categories. He is playing just under 19 minutes per game on the second defense pairing for Arizona.
Michael Stone D PHO 2 Months
Stone nabbed his first goal in Sunday's 6-5 win over the Capitals.
The 24-year-old Stone doesn't have the same kind of offensive ability as fellow blueliners Keith Yandle and Oliver Ekman-Larsson, but with an average of two shots per game over 11 contests, he doesn't fit the mold of a stay-at-home defenseman, either. He compiled 21 points in 70 games last season, and wouldn't be surprised if he bested that production in 2014-15.
Michael Stone D PHO 3 Months
Stone, who scored eight times last season, is in line for a top six pairing, but who he will be partnered with is unclear, according to the Arizona Republic's Sarah McLellan. He will also get a look for the Coyotes' second power play unit.
The Coyotes are playing with their defense pairings in training camp and pre-season games. If he gets some power play time, Stone's value will increase, but it's too early to read much into the team's plans at this point. Still, this is positive news for the 24 year-old.
Michael Stone D PHO Sep 11 '79
Michael Stone picked up his first assist of the season on Saturday.
The defenseman has seven goals already this season so it was a huge anomaly that he had yet to pick up an assist. He has been an offensive surprise this season and is worth keeping in the lineup if he continues to score.
Michael Stone D PHO Sep 02 '79
Michael Stone scored a goal in Phoenix's 4-3 overtime loss to Colorado Thursday night.
Needing a lift in the second period, the Coyotes got one from red-hot Stone. He took a cross-ice pass from Kyle Chipchura, stepped into a big shot one step inside the red line, whistled the puck through the legs of Andre Benoit and beat Semyon Varlamov to the stick side at 17:10. Stone's goal was his fourth in the past three games and seventh of the season, tying him with Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators for the most among NHL defensemen. Surprising is that Stone has no assists this season, just seven goals. He shooting percentage is stunning 24,1. Martin Hanzal and Antoine Vermette also scored for the Coyotes.
Michael Stone D PHO Aug 29 '79
Quietly, Michael Stone of the Phoenix Coyotes is emerging as one of the top goal-scoring defensemen in the NHL.
Among NHL defensemen, Stone now ranks tied for second with those six goals. Only Ottawa's Erik Karlsson has scored more (seven). "It's mostly a confidence thing," Stone said when asked to explain his scoring tear this season. "I've been able to be an offensive player mostly at every level I've played at, so I think it's just continuing to build that."
Michael Stone D PHO Aug 28 '79
Michael Stone scored his sixth goal of the season and third in his last two games on Saturday.
The defenseman has yet to get an assist this season but has been a pleasant surprise for his fantasy owners. His goal was on the power play and was his second power play goal in 15 games this season. With four goals in his last five games as well, he is going to be tough to ignore on the waiver wire.