Lyubushkin scored a goal on two shots and added three hits in Wednesday's 4-3 loss to the Kings. Lyubushkin scored at 14:44 of the first period, earning his milestone first NHL goal. The 27-year-old defenseman needed 118 career games to check off that achievement. He has just two points and 23 shots on net in 26 games this year. The Russian is much of a defensive and physical player -- he's added 63 hits and 45 blocked shots from a bottom-four role.
Lyubushkin provided an assist and two hits in Friday's 5-2 win over the Sharks. Lyubushkin's shot in the second period led to a Nick Schmaltz goal to restore the Coyotes' lead at 2-1. The 26-year-old Lyubushkin needed 20 appearances to earn his first point of the season. A mainly defensive presence, the Russian blueliner has racked up 47 hits and 32 blocked shots in a bottom-four role. He's yet to produce more than four points in a single season.
Lyubushkin has no points in 12 appearances this season. Lyubushkin had to go through immigration and quarantine before joining the Coyotes in a game. He made his season debut Feb. 4, but he's yet to get on the scoresheet. The Russian blueliner has 33 hits, 20 blocked shots and a minus-4 rating, but he's never been known as much of a scorer. He had just four assists in each of the last two campaigns.
Lyubushkin (COVID-19 protocols) has been added to the Coyotes' active roster, per the NHL's official media site. Lyubushkin has yet to play this campaign due to the NHL's COVID-19 protocols, but he began practicing with the team Monday, so he could be ready to make his season debut sooner rather than later. The 25-year-old blueliner only picked up four helpers in 51 games in 2019-20, so he won't be jumping into many fantasy lineups whenever he's deemed ready to play.
Lyubsuhkin (COVID-19 protocols) practiced with the team Monday, Alexander Kinkopf of the Coyotes' official website reports. Lyubushkin was on the ice for the first t time after working his way through quarantine procedures. Considering it was just his first practice, the defender will likely remain out of the lineup against the Blues on Tuesday, though the team can activate him off non-roster injured reserve at any point. Once ready to play, Lyubushkin figures to challenge Jordan Gross or Jason Demers for a spot in the lineup.
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