Player News - Coyotes

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Netminder Louis Domingue could get his first NHL start on Sunday.

Domingue was recalled Saturday and saw his first NHL action when coach Dave Tippett pulled Mike Smith 2:17 into the third period when Smith gave up his fifth goal of the game. Domingue, a fifth round pick in 2010, gave up two goals on 11 shots. Tippett said he would sleep on his decision and decide Sunday. Domingue was 8-4-1 this season in the AHL with a .922 save percentage. Stay tuned as Domingue is from the Montreal area where the Coyotes play Sunday.
Feb 1 - 6:25 AM

Martin Hanzal (upper body) is questionable for Sunday's game in Montreal.

Hanzal missed Saturday's game in Ottawa and will be a game time decision in the afternoon contest. Hanzal is a much better fantasy own in daily transaction leagues as he gets hurt way too much to be effective in weekly transaction pools. He has 24 points, 31 penalty minutes, 85 shots on goal and 105 hits in 37 games this season.
Feb 1 - 6:19 AM

Sam Gagner's quietly putting together a decent run for the Arizona Coyotes, even as they continued their fall with a 7-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators on Saturday.

He scored his ninth goal of the season, giving him four points (two goals, two assists) in the past four games. He has 25 points in 48 games so far in 2014-15, more or less falling in line with the modest expectations he carried into the season in most observers' eyes.
Jan 31 - 6:10 PM

Mike Smith couldn't get all the way through the Ottawa Senators' 7-2 shellacking of his Arizona Coyotes, as he was pulled early in the third period.

Smith allowed five goals on 20 shots while newly recalled backup Louis Domingue gave up two tallies on 11 shots in an ugly all-around day for the 'Yotes. Unless you're in a league that rewards poor play, it's hard to imagine much of a reason to have Smith on any roster.
Jan 31 - 6:03 PM

The Arizona Coyotes announced that Martin Hanzal won't play on Saturday because of an upper-body injury.

Hanzal is considered day-to-day. Hanzal has 24 points, 31 PIMs, 85 SOG and 105 hits in 37 games so far this season. Injuries have been a snag for him for some time, which maybe shouldn't be surprising considering the towering center's rough style.
Jan 31 - 3:05 PM

The Arizona Coyotes called up Louis Domingue to back up Mike Smith.

Domingue has been solid in the AHL this season, going 8-4-1 with a nice .922 save percentage for the Portland Pirates. One wouldn't expect the Coyotes to go away from Smith very often, however.
Jan 31 - 1:38 PM

The Arizona Coyotes sent goalie Mike McKenna back to the AHL on Saturday.

McKenna wasn't really even getting a sniff of playing time as the Coyotes are in Mike Smith-or-die mode, so this is rally just a note for those who were maybe pondering daily fantasy moves on rare evenings.
Jan 31 - 1:35 PM

Mike Smith could get the start in goal on Sunday as well as the Coyotes play a pair of games this weekend.

Smith will get the start on Saturday afternoon in Ottawa and coach Dave Tippett will decide his starting netminder for Sunday's contest in Montreal after the Senators game. Smith has played well since the All-Star break, giving up only four goals on 67 shots in two games against Philadelphia and Toronto. He is a mediocre 8-20-4 with a 3.41 GAA and a .890 save percentage but perhaps he is coming out of his season long slump.
Jan 31 - 6:46 AM

GM Don Maloney is looking to start contract negotiations with Mikkel Boedker shortly.

Boedker will become a restricted free agent at the end of the season if he is not signed. He is currently out of action as he had his spleen removed before the All-Star break but has been the Coyotes top goal scorer this season with 14 goals. He has 28 points in 45 games this season and would be a valuable commodity if he was traded or another team saw fit to offer him a contract.
Jan 31 - 6:43 AM

Oliver Ekman-Larsson is second in shots on goal by a defenseman with 158.

Ekman-Larsson trails only Erik Karlsson of the Senators, the Coyotes opponents on Saturday as Karlsson has 179 this season. Ekman-Larsson has 13 goals to lead all blueliners and 23 points this season. Look for a big second half from Ekman-Larsson as he got off to a poor start this season, especially in plus-minus.
Jan 31 - 6:38 AM

Joe Vitale (upper body) probably won't return on Saturday or Sunday.

Vitale missed Thursday's game due to the ailment. He has three goals and six points in 45 games in 2014-15.
Jan 30 - 6:50 PM

Mike Smith will get the nod on Saturday against Ottawa.

This has been a rough season for Smith, but he turned aside 24 of 25 shots on Thursday. Maybe he can build on that and simultaneously get revenge on the Senators after they scored five goals against him on Jan. 10.
Jan 30 - 6:49 PM

Oliver Ekman-Larsson found the back of the net in a 3-1 win over Toronto.

Ekman-Larsson has only been held off the scoresheet once in his last four contests. He has 13 goals and 23 points in 48 games this season.
Jan 30 - 10:35 AM

Martin Hanzal scored a goal in a 3-1 victory over Toronto.

Hanzal has now found the back of the net eight times this season and three of those have been game-winning markers. He also has 16 assists in 37 contests in 2014-15.
Jan 30 - 10:33 AM

Mike Smith won his first game in seven tries as the Coyotes slipped past the slumping Maple Leafs 3-1 on Thursday night.

Smith made 24 saves on 25 shots and his team rallied in front for a third period comeback in Toronto. Smith's record is now 8-20-4 with a .890 save percentage and 3.41 goals against average.
Jan 30 - 12:23 AM

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