Player News - Coyotes

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Shane Doan won't be suspended for his hit that knocked Pittsburgh defenseman Kris Letang out of Saturday's game.

Letang wasn't able to finish the game and he was taken to a nearby hospital for further evaluation. The NHL's Department of Player Safety had this to say about the hit: "After reviewing the play carefully and from all angles, we have determined that this was an unfortunate result from a hockey play. It is not boarding, it is not charging, he doesn't hit him in the head. He finishes his check by shoving Letang and unfortunately he falls awkwardly. It wasn't really even a violent hit, although resulted in an unfortunate injury."
Mar 29 - 1:45 PM

Tye McGinn opened the scoring for the Coyotes on Saturday.

It was his second goal of the season and he now has seven points in 45 games. If he is on your roster, he must be a friend or a relative.
Mar 29 - 7:37 AM

With his controversial hit on Kris Letang during Saturday's 3-2 loss for the Arizona Coyotes against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Shane Doan may be in line for another suspension.

He straddles the line between hard and illegal hits quite often, and with Letang making a hospital visit, there's a serious risk that he'll sit out for some time. Stay tuned.
Mar 28 - 5:07 PM

Mike Smith didn't get his third win in a row, but he was once again great as the Arizona Coyotes fell 3-2 to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Smith stopped 43 out of 46 shots as he continues to resemble an elite goalie (minus the wins) in March. It's an odd development for what's otherwise been a miserable season for the 33-year-old.
Mar 28 - 5:05 PM

Lauri Korpikoski will not play in Saturday afternoon's tilt with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Korpikoski continues to recover from his mouth injury. Through 69 games this season, he's posted six goals, 21 points, 48 blocks, and 141 hits.
Mar 27 - 9:06 PM

Mike Smith will get the start against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday afternoon.

Smith comes in with a 13-37-5 record, a .902 save percentage and a 3.16 goals against average. He's won two straight games, but continues to lead the league losses, goals against (170), and Really Bad Starts (11). Smith is 4-6-0 in 11 career starts versus Pittsburgh with two shutouts and 23 goals against.
Mar 27 - 9:04 PM

Jordan Szwarz scored a goal in Arizona's 4-3 overtime win against Buffalo on Thursday.

Szwarz has four goals in 28 career NHL games. We wouldn't count on the 23-year-old forward having much fantasy value in 2015-16.
Mar 27 - 10:48 AM

Martin Erat had an assist in a 4-3 overtime win against Buffalo on Thursday.

Erat was held off the scoresheet for 10 straight games. He has nine goals and 30 points in 72 contests in 2014-15.
Mar 27 - 10:47 AM

Mike Smith made 32 saves to help the Coyotes earn a 4-3 overtime win over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night.

Smith has now won two straight, improving his dismal record to 13-37-5 with a .902 save percentage and 3.16 goals against average.
Mar 27 - 12:53 AM

Oliver Ekman-Larsson had a goal and an assist to help Arizona defeat Buffalo 4-3 in overtime in a battle between the league's bottom two teams.

Ekman-Larsson now has seven points in his past four games, making for 40 points so far this season on the lowly Coyotes.
Mar 27 - 12:50 AM

Andrew Campbell will be a healthy scratch in Thursday's game against the Buffalo Sabres.

The 27-year-old has just one assist and a minus-13 rating in 27 games this season. Lauri Korpikoski will miss the game because of an injury to his mouth.
Source: NHL.com
Mar 26 - 7:08 PM

Mike Smith will get the start vs. Buffalo on Thursday.

The 33-year-old has posted some rough numbers this season. He has a 12-37-5 with a 3.17 goals-against-average and a .902 save percentage.
Mar 26 - 5:40 PM

Lauri Korpikoski won't play Thursday after he received a high stick to his mouth area on Tuesday against Detroit.

He didn't take part in the morning skate and coach Dave Tippett said that Korpokoski has been eating through a straw.
Mar 26 - 2:14 PM

The Arizona Coyotes insist they aren't tanking to get a better draft position.

The Coyotes will play against the only team with a worse record than them in the NHL, Buffalo, on Thursday. "Nobody wants to be in the position our two teams are in, not one player," captain Shane Doan said. "You're embarrassed, and you have to be. Nobody ever wants to be considered the worst. Obviously, we're both teams being considered the two worst teams in the league. That's not a good feeling." Arizona has a five-point edge on Buffalo, so the Coyotes will almost certain avoid 30th place in the league if they win Thursday night.
Mar 26 - 9:02 AM

Mike Smith is projected to start against the Buffalo Sabres.

The Sabres have an anemic offense, so they're usually a friendly team for opposing goaltenders. Smith has a 3.17 GAA and .902 save percentage in 55 contests in 2014-15.
Mar 25 - 1:47 PM


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