Smith (lower body) practiced with his team for approximately 20 minutes Thursday, but Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said the goalie is "still a long ways" from a return. After undergoing surgery to correct a core muscle injury Dec. 15, Smith was given an initial timetable of 8-to-10 weeks for his return. He's currently on the front end of that estimate, but Tippet's latest forecast for Smith sounds rather ominous despite the netminder joining his teammates at practice. Louis Domingue and Anders Lindback continue to work in goal with Smith ailing, but the 'Yotes have struggled mightily with a 2-7-1 record over the past 10 games.
Smith (lower body) was able to skate in pads for 15 minutes Tuesday, per Coyotes coach Dave Tippet, causing reporter Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic to conclude that the situation is "still status quo." Recall that Smith went under the knife on Dec. 15 to repair a core muscle injury, at which point he was given a recovery timetable of 8-to-10 weeks. Based on this latest report, it appears that nothing has changed with his rehab or expected return date. He's bound to return in mid-February assuming the timetable stays unchanged. Smith's ailment has opened the door for rookie netminder Louis Domingue to pick up significant minutes between the pipes, and he's done well based on a 6-2-2 record and 2.06 GAA in eight starts and 10 total showings.
Smith underwent surgery Tuesday morning to correct a core muscle injury that will consequently keep him out for 8-to-10 weeks, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports. A core muscle injury is more commonly known as a sports hernia. Anders Lindback was working as the regular backup goalie for the Coyotes and presumably will assume the starting role now that Smith is out for an extended period of time. Meanwhile, It will be interesting to see if the Desert Dogs promote a goalie from the minors to back up Lindback. Of course, they could opt to trade for a backstop as well. The Ducks waived goalie Anton Khudobin and he cleared Tuesday, but the Coyotes apparently didn't put a claim in for his services.
Smith (lower body) was placed on injured reserve Saturday, Craig Morgan of the Arizona Republic reports. With Smith's stint backdated to Dec. 9, he will be eligible to return for the Coyotes' game against Columbus on Thursday, but it's uncertain if he will be ready by then. The 33-year-old has dropped four straight decisions, allowing a total of 14 goals on 104 shots in those games.
Smith (lower body) won't be in net Saturday against the Hurricanes. Smith is still dealing with a lower-body ailment, and will miss a second-consecutive game Saturday as a result. Anders Lindback played well in Smith's absence Friday against Minnesota, surrendering one goal on 28 shots, and could receive the starting nod for Saturdy's matchup with Carolina as well. If the Yotes want to avoid giving Lindback back-to-back starts, Louis Domingue will protect Arizona's net in Saturday's tilt. Smith's next chance to return to action will come Thursday against the Blue Jackets.
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