Player News - Coyotes

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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

Coach Dave Tippett was not pleased with the effort of his Arizona Coyotes Saturday as they dropped a 6-1 contest to the St. Louis Blues.

Goaltender Mike Smith could not be blamed for the loss as the Blues dominated the Coyotes and he did not have much of a chance on the pucks that eluded him. "That was a good test for our team to see where we're at," Tippett said. "Obviously, we didn't fare very well."
Oct 19 - 5:02 AM

Martin Hanzal suffered a lower-body injury Saturday night against the Blues.

Hanzal needed to be helped off the ice after a fall. The team is calling him day-to-day and said he'd be re-evaluated Sunday. He played 8:13 in the loss. Hanzal has three points this season.
Oct 19 - 1:02 AM

Lauri Korpikoski registered the only goal for the Coyotes, who were routed 6-1 by the Blues on Saturday night.

The goal was Korpikoski’s first point of the season. He’s nothing to get excited about in fantasy leagues, as his career-highs of 19 goals and 40 points came in 2010-11. Shane Doan and Oliver Ekman-Larsson had the helpers.
Oct 19 - 12:47 AM

Mike Smith might want to throw out this game tape, as the netminder gave up six goals against the St. Louis in Arizona’s 6-1 loss Saturday night.

He faced 36 shots, for a .833 save percentage on the night. The Coyotes had no answer for a Blues power play that went 4-for-4. Smith has been awful this season, and right now it’s very hard to recommend starting him on a nightly basis. He has given up 16 goals in three starts. It might be best to reserve him for the time being. He has an unsightly 5.33 goals-against average and .822 save percentage.
Oct 19 - 12:47 AM

Chris Summers was back playing with Connor Murphy after being a healthy scratch on Wednesday.

Summers is a depth defenseman who will get into 40-45 games this season. He is not worth owning in standard pools although Murphy could be worth a look.
Oct 18 - 4:59 AM

Kyle Chipchura moved up the depth chart in practice on Friday.

Chipchura usually sees fourth line action but he was placed on a line with Sam Gagner and Lauri Korpikoski while David Moss was demoted and played alongside Joe Vitale and Brandon McMillan. Just an FYI.
Oct 18 - 4:57 AM


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