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Coyotes goalie Mike Smith suffers lower body injury vs. Rangers

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The Coyotes' Mike Smith had to be helped off the ice against the Rangers. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The Coyotes’ Mike Smith had to be helped off the ice against the Rangers. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

By Mike McMahon

The Phoenix Coyotes’ road to the playoffs may have just gotten a little more difficult after goaltender Mike Smith had to be helped off the ice in the third period of Monday night’s game against the New York Rangers.

The injury occurred when Smith got tangled up with Rangers forward Derick Brassard. The two fell to the ice and it appeared that Smith landed quite awkwardly on his right leg.


Smith currently leads all goalies in games played with 62 and has been a vital part of the late-season playoff push by the Coyotes, who currently sit in the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference.

How much time the 32-year-old will miss has yet to be determined

  • Published On Mar 24, 2014
  • Top Line: Which team has hardest road? Winter Classic’s fat profit; more links

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    Jonas Brodin of the Minnesota Wild and Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche

    If the going got bumpy for the Wild and Avalanche after their hot starts, just wait for the stretch drive. (AP)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Here’s one for the #fancystats crowd: using score-adjusted Fenwick to determine which team has the toughest schedule the rest of the way. Spoiler alert: there’s smooth sailing ahead for Tampa Bay.

    • This year’s Winter Classic set a very high financial bar for the NHL’s future outdoor events to live up to. Anyone know of any other 100,000-seat venues that are available on New Year’s Day?

    • With debts paid and fences mended, Wayne Gretzky is finally back where he belongs.

    • Ilya Kovalchuk has no regrets about running out on the Devils. He says he’s loving life in Mother Russia.

    • New Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice picked up a memento to go along with a win in his debut with the Jets.

    • Now that GM Kevin Cheveldayoff has taken care of one pressing matter, it’s time for him to address Winnipeg’s biggest problem.

    • Elliotte Friedman looks at the challenges Maurice is facing down the stretch, the potential for trades involving Evander Kane and Dustin Byfuglien, and how to soothe the hurt feelings of Martin St. Louis in this week’s 30 Thoughts column.

    • Shane Doan says the Phoenix Coyotes “haven’t been very good” for some time now, which seems like a fairly generous appraisal of a season that’s going horribly wrong. Although Doan doesn’t mention Mike Smith by name, the goalie’s sub-par play has been a big part of the problem. Could Smith’s selection by Steve Yzerman come back to haunt Team Canada?

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  • Published On Jan 14, 2014
  • Team USA/Team Canada Olympic Goalie Power Rankings: Week 7

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    Tim Thomas of the Florida Panthers is bidding for a Team USA roster spot for Sochi.

    Playing for the U.S. at Sochi was a reason why Tim Thomas came back…and is now in the mix. (Jack Dempsey/AP)

    By Allan Muir

    Each week, we’ll rank the top contenders to man the pipes for Team USA and Team Canada in Sochi based on their play to date. (All stats current as of Wed. Nov. 20)

    Team USA

    1. Ryan Miller, Buffalo Sabres

    Former NHL netminder and current CBC commentator Kelly Hrudey had Miller at No. 1 on his NHL goalie rankings last week. Can’t say I’d argue with him. This guy is such a proud athlete, he’s practically willing the Sabres to be competitive. He was at his world-beating best against the Maple Leafs on Friday, stopping 32 of 33 in a 3-1 win. (Last week: 1)

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  • Published On Nov 20, 2013
  • Team USA/Team Canada Olympic Goalie Power Rankings: Week 4

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    Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings

    Jonathan Quick hasn’t been consistently sharp, but he’s the best of a shaky US bunch. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    Each week, we’ll rank the top contenders to man the pipes for Team USA and Team Canada in Sochi based on their play to date. (All stats current as of Wed. Oct. 30)

    GALLERY: Scariest goalie masks through the years

    Team USA

    1. Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings

    He needed to get back into the groove after he allowed four goals against the Coyotes last Thursday night, but the woeful Oilers didn’t offer much of a test, sending just 18 shots his way. “He’s probably their guy,” a scout informed me last week, “but they’d probably feel a little better if he’d string a couple of good ones together.” (Last week: 1)

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  • Published On Oct 30, 2013
  • Coyotes’ goalie Mike Smith scores a goal against the Red Wings

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    By Michael Blinn

    Goalies are supposed to stop goals, not score them, but Phoenix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith was able to do both against the Red Wings on Saturday night.

    With the clock ticking down, Smith gloved his 29th save of the night, dropped it in front of him, and quickly flipped it the length of the ice, towards the empty Detroit net. His aim was true, and the goal counted, the first of his career at 19:59 of the third period to give the Coyotes a 5-2 win.

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  • Published On Oct 20, 2013
  • Team USA/Team Canada Olympic Goalie Power Rankings: Week 1

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    Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres played well in his first two starts of the 2013-14 NHL season.

    Ryan Miller’s quest to keep his starting gig on Team USA started well…then an injury hit. (Bill Wippert/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    Each Monday morning, we’ll rank the top contenders to man the pipes for Team Canada and Team USA in Sochi based on their play to date.

    Team USA

    1. Ryan Miller, Buffalo Sabres: He’s stopped 77 of the 80 shots he’s faced in two games behind a porous Buffalo defense, reminding everyone how well he responds when facing waves of pressure, but he’s now day-to-day with a lower-body injury.

    2. Craig Anderson, Ottawa Senators: He bested Miller in Saturday’s goaltending duel and boasts a .948 save percentage through two appearances, but the Sabres’ keeper gets the nod at No. 1 based strictly on my eye test.

    3. Jimmy Howard, Detroit Red Wings: Played well in his first two starts before being victimized by turnovers and general sloppiness in 4-1 loss to the Bruins. Looks like the No. 3 stopper he seems destined to be in Sochi.

    4. Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings: He was pulled from just his second start — ostensibly to spark a momentum shift — but Quick wasn’t particularly sharp while allowing four goals on 27 shots against the Jets on Friday.

    5. Tim Thomas, Florida Panthers: It’ll take more than a couple of games to scrape off the rust that accumulated during his year-long sabbatical. He’s been inconsistent through two starts, but his familiar competitiveness was in ample evidence. Despite being overlooked for a camp invite, he’s in the mix.

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  • Published On Oct 07, 2013
  • Coyotes sign coach Dave Tippett, clarify part of Phoenix picture

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    Coach Dave Tippett signed an extension with the Phoenix Coyotes.

    Dave Tippett’s continuing presence lends stability to the Coyotes franchise, no matter where it plays. (Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    There was a sense heading into this summer that Dave Tippett would not sign an extension with the Phoenix Coyotes until he knew that the franchise was on solid ground.

    Either he knows something we don’t, or his decision ultimately came down to the people, not the place.

    Tippett surprised the hockey world this morning by agreeing to an unconditional five-year deal to remain as head coach for the franchise no matter where it plays over that span.

    It was an interesting decision, but even more interesting timing. Negotiations to keep the team in Phoenix under new ownership are approaching a league-mandated deadline of July 2, and another couple of days might have told the story. More compelling, though, was that his name was in the mix for several high-profile openings, even though he would not be available to interview until his contract expired on June 30. But when two of those positions — New York and Dallas — were filled within the last 48 hours, Tippett likely weighed his options and decided the grass couldn’t be any greener than where he was.

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  • Published On Jun 21, 2013
  • Goalie Craig Anderson on brink of return to Ottawa Senators

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    Craig Anderson of the Ottawa Senators

    Forget me not: Despite his long absence, Craig Anderson is still a Vezina Trophy candidate. (Jay Kopinski/Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

    Robin Lehner will get the start tonight for Ottawa against the Buffalo Sabres. If all goes well, it’s the last game he’ll play this year.

    Starter Craig Anderson says he has “no hesitation in jumping over the boards and going in,” after lingering on injured reserve since Feb. 21. “If they need me to play, there really [are] no limitations right now for why I couldn’t,” he told the Ottawa Sun.

    If he’s healthy, Anderson could run the table for the Sens, who’ll have 11 games to play after tonight.

    It would be a heavy workload for a goaltender coming off a serious ankle injury, but there’s a lot on the line. Ottawa is in the thick of the Eastern Conference race, holding down the fifth spot. But with just five points separating the Sens from ninth place, and their next six games coming on the road, there’s no room for a slip. As good as Lehner’s been (2.15 GAA, .940 save percentage), he’s won just three of nine appearances, making Anderson a safer bet.

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  • Published On Apr 05, 2013
  • SHANABANNED! Alex Edler gets two games for charging Mike Smith

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    By Allan Muir

    The NHL’s Department of Player Safety found its missing teeth — soaking in a glass of lukewarm water and Poli-Dent, no doubt — and slapped them into its gaping maw just in time to take a two-game bite out of Alexander Edler’s season.

    In the wake of the Rick Nash decision earlier in the day, it was reasonable to assume an air of leniency had descended over the DPS and Edler might be given a cookie, a glass of warm milk and a kiss goodnight for his troubles.

    Instead, the Canucks defender was handed a suspension for his charge on Coyotes goalie Mike Smith that falls in line with what Andrew Shaw earned for his hit on Smith in last year’s playoffs…and one that’s two games more than Milan Lucic got for bowling over Ryan Miller in open ice earlier that season.

    Crazy, ain’t it?

    In his explanatory video, the DPS’ Rob Blake quoted NHL Rule 42: “A goalkeeper is not ‘fair game’ just because he is outside the goal crease area… However, incidental contact, at the discretion of the Referee, will be permitted when the goalkeeper is in the act of playing the puck outside his goal crease provided the attacking player has made a reasonable effort to avoid such contact.”

    “While we agree that Alex Edler has no malicious intent on this play,” Blake added, “we believe he does not make any effort to minimize or avoid contact.”

    Fair enough. Edler didn’t even think about avoiding contact, so he’s dead to rights there. I’d argue he made contact with Smith’s chest, rather than his head as Blake also mentions, but I’m not even sure that matters here. Smith wasn’t able to return to action and he’s dealing with what the team called whiplash, so factor the injury along with the charge and Edler was destined for civvies.

    The decision tastes sour after the Nash pardon, but on its own merits it seems like a reasonable result. And since looking for a precedent in previous decisions has become a fool’s errand, that’s probably the best we can hope for.

    UPDATE: A league executive phoned (way too early) this morning to say that the Lucic/Miller incident sparked a renewed commitment from the league to protect goaltenders and so it wasn’t an ideal point of comparison to the Edler hit. That’s a fair point, so it was worth including here. It doesn’t, however, alter the overarching context that the DPS’ reactions to the Nash/Edler incidents reinforces the existing perception that DPS lacks coherent standards.

  • Published On Mar 22, 2013
  • Top Line: Coyotes gambling with star, trade rumor mongering, more links

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    Mike Smith's new contract with the Coyotes is being delayed.

    Letting Mike Smith slide through their fingers would not be good for the Coyotes. (Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    A guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • “Until our ownership is resolved, we’re going to table Mike’s contract and hope things work out later.” That’s Phoenix GM Don Maloney paving the way for Mike Smith’s virtually inevitable departure via free agency.

    • Buried deep in this story is a rumor-mongering gem: 21 NHL front-office types were in attendance at last night’s Toronto/Philly game, including the GMs of the Blues and Jets. And…go!

    • Rick Nash is eligible to come off IR today, but his absence from practice on Monday says that isn’t happening. So when will the Rangers come clean and admit that he suffered a concussion?

    • Bruce Boudreau thought his Ducks outplayed the Kings, but Anaheim’s defensive zone blunders allowed the champs to hand Viktor Fasth his first NHL loss.

    • Dallas Stars fans need to learn to “enjoy the chaos” that comes with following a promising, but mistake-prone, group of youngsters.

    • The Blackhawks trailed entering the third period for just the third time this season, but got a tying goal from Viktor Stalberg to push their streak to 19 games, and an OT winner from Marian Hossa for good measure.

    • TSN’s NHL Insiders talk about playoffs under realignment, the state of officiating and Corey Perry.

    • The amazing Senators beat the Habs to complete just the second sweep of a four-game homestand in franchise history.

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  • Published On Feb 26, 2013