Vitale will be sidelined for the next 4-to-6 weeks with a fractured orbital bone, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports. Vitale reportedly suffered the injury during his fight with the Bruins' Kevan Miller in Saturday's tilt against Boston. Vitale was placed on injured reserve Monday, and could now land on long-term injured reserve given his recovery timetable. The 30-year-old forward doesn't have any value in fantasy leagues, so his absence isn't anything owners need to concern themselves with.
Vitale (upper body) has been placed on injured reserve. This move should come as no surprise considering coach Dave Tippett said Vitale would "miss some time" after Saturday's loss to the Bruins. Vitale skated 6:13 and finished with a plus-1 rating while making his season debut. Forward Matthias Plachta was recalled to take Vitale's spot on Arizona's roster.
Head coach Dave Tippett indicated Sunday that Vitale (upper body) will "miss some time". Vitale was injured in Saturday's game against the Bruins, and it appears the issue isn't necessarily minor in nature. While there's no official timetable, it sounds as though Tuesday's game is out the window at this point.
Vitale (upper body) was not on the ice for practice Sunday, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports. Vitale's absence isn't a huge surprise given the pummeling he took in a fight during Saturday's contest. The Coyotes don't play again until Tuesday, however, so it's possible he'll be back in time for the game.
Joe Vitale picked up an assist on the Coyotes' lone goal Sunday in a 3-1 loss to Vancouver. He was plus-1 with two PIM, one shot, three hits, and a blocked shot in the contest.
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