Player News - Coyotes

Date: Team: Pos:

David Moss is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.

Moss is being evaluated on Friday and the Coyotes are expected to update his status on Saturday. He has an assist in six games in 2014-15.
Oct 24 - 4:38 PM

The Arizona Coyotes have called up Justin Hodgman.

Hodgman has no points and two penalty minutes in three AHL games this season. He started the season with Arizona, but was sent to the minors after spending some time in the press box. The 26-year-old has played in the KHL and SM-liiga, but he hasn't made his NHL debut yet.
Oct 24 - 4:23 PM

Mike Smith didn't earn a victory on Thursday, but he saw it as a step in the right direction.

Smith turned aside 27 of 29 shots, which helps move him away from his disastrous start to the 2014-15 campaign. It's too much to hope that Smith will have a repeat of his 2011-12 campaign when he was one of the league's top goaltenders, but he could end up being a solid starter this season.
Oct 24 - 10:02 AM

Mike Smith lost his third game in four starts during this young season as the Coyotes were taken down Thursday night versus the Wild.

Smith posted his best outing of the season on Thursday, making 27 stops on 29 shots, but the Coyotes managed to provide no offense in the 2-0 loss. Smith is 1-3 with an .849 save percentage and a 4.54 goals against average so far this year. Expect Smith to bring his numbers back to a respectable level in the coming weeks.
Oct 24 - 12:17 AM

Martin Erat and the rest of the Coyotes were shut out by Darcy Kuemper and the Wild on Thursday night.

Erat has four points in six games so far this season, but Arizona's offense was nowhere to be found against Minnesota. The Coyotes will look to rebound on Saturday against the Florida Panthers.
Oct 24 - 12:08 AM

Sam Gagner is still searching for his first point with the Arizona Coyotes.

Gagner has played in five games with his new team. He dealt with an injury during the preseason that he feels derailed him, but he also believes that he's getting progressively better. Coyotes coach Dave Tippett thinks Gagner is also getting himself acclimatized to his new team after spending his entire NHL career to this point in Edmonton.
Oct 23 - 8:28 AM

Mike Smith will be back between the pipes on Thursday.

Smith spent Tuesday's contest warming the bench. This is a chance for him to turn his season around after posting a 5.33 GAA and .822 save percentage in three starts.
Oct 22 - 6:07 PM

Martin Hanzal (lower body) didn't travel with the Coyotes to Minnesota.

In other words, Hanzal will obviously miss Thursday's game against the Wild. He has a goal and three points in four contests this season.
Oct 22 - 3:48 PM

Oliver Ekman-Larsson recorded an assist in the Coyotes' 4-3 shootout loss to Nashville.

Ekman-Larsson has recorded a point in four of his first five games, giving him a goal and three assists this season. He set a new career-high with 44 points last season and it wouldn't surprise us if he matched or marginally surpassed that mark.
Oct 22 - 9:39 AM

Martin Erat scored a goal in Arizona's 4-3 shootout loss Tuesday night.

Erat now has two goals and four points in five games this season. He's bouncing back nicely as a challenging 2013-14 campaign, but we don't think he'll end up with much more than 40 points.
Oct 22 - 9:35 AM

Arizona defenseman Keith Yandle continued his torrid pace Tuesday by recording a goal and an assist in a 4-3 loss to the Predators.

Yandle is one of the league's most consistent offensive commodities on the blue line and he has been rewarding his owners with seven points in six contests this year. Martin Erat and Rob Klinkhammer also counted for the Coyotes in the losing effort.
Oct 22 - 12:11 AM

Devan Dubnyk was unable to secure himself more playing time Tuesday night as he and the Coyotes were dumped by Nashville in a 4-3 shootout defeat.

Dubnyk was impressive in his winning performance against the Kings a week ago, but wasn't as sharp in Tuesday loss. As a result, it's very likely the team will revert back to incumbent Mike Smith for their next contest.
Oct 22 - 12:06 AM

Devan Dubnyk will start in Tuesday's game against Nashville.

The Coyotes have a bit of a goalie controversy given Mike Smith's slow start to the season. Smith has a 5.33 GAA and .822 save percentage in three games. While his struggles might lead to Dubnyk getting more ice time in the short-term, Smith should get more opportunities to turn his season around before he's in any serious jeopardy of losing the starting gig. It's worth adding that Dubnyk did play for the Predators in 2013-14, but he only appeared in two games, so this isn't the biggest of reunions.
Oct 21 - 1:36 PM

Mike Smith has taken full responsibility for his early season struggles.

Smith has a 5.33 GAA and .822 save percentage in three starts. "I don't need to bring anyone else into this," Smith said. "It's me and only me, and I've been through it tons of times in my career. You shrug it off your shoulder, and it's obviously not even close to what I'm capable of, and I know that, and I understand that, and the team needs more from me." He added that he can't dwell on that as the team works to gain some momentum. Arizona is 2-2-0 so far this season.
Oct 21 - 8:21 AM

Arizona forwards love playing with Keith Yandle as they know he will get them the puck.

No one knows this better than Mikael Boedker as the winger has been set up by Yandle on 14 of his 58 career goals including a couple of beauties this week. "Sometimes you kind of find yourself in awkward spots just because you know he can get it to you," Boedker said. "That's real important for us as forwards to know he's capable of making those plays. So we just gotta find the open area, and he'll make the very good plays." Yandle had 53 points last season and could surpass that this season as he has four assists in his first four games.
Oct 19 - 5:08 AM


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