There must be an infestation of injury bugs in the Phoenix Coyotes locker room.
For the first time since Game 1 Lauri Korpikoski, Martin Hanzal and Radim Vrbata all were in the lineup after being out with injuries, but the Coyotes would be down a man just minutes into the game.
Rostislav Klesla left with an apparent injury to his face and has not returned, leaving the Coyotes with only five defenders. One of those defenders in David Schlemko, who had not played since March 25.
Veteran Adrian Aucoin has been listed as a scratch for Game 6. It is not clear wether it's a coach's decision or injury.
After totaling only four shots on goal in the first period of Game 5, the Coyotes managed to get only two pucks on net in the first period of Game 6. The Blackhawks are stepping up early and often on the Coyotes forwards.
At the other end of the ice Mike Smith has been getting peppered with shots. Not only are the Blackhawks getting the puck on net though, most have been quality scoring chances. It looks like Smith will have to stand on his head once again if the Coyotes plan to close out the series tonight.