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    Coyotes' Mike Smith: Will start Friday

    Smith will start Friday's game against the Kings, Dave Vest of the Coyotes reports.As Arizona's top goaltender, Smith will get the start in the team's regular season opener. He and the Coyotes will be hoping for better results this season after Smith posted a career-high 3.16 GAA in the previous campaign.

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    Coyotes' Mike Smith: Expected to start season opener

    Smith is expected to start Friday's season opener against the Kings, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports.Smith will be between the pipes to start his fifth season with the Coyotes. He began seeing a sports psychologist during the offseason in order to bounce back from the worst season of his career. Arizona is still rebuilding and likely won't give Smith much help in the win column. Even if he bounces back, He offers little value in standard leagues and should only be employed in spot starts.

  • Impressive in narrow loss

    News: Mike Smith stopped 23 of 24 shots in a 1-0 loss to the Canucks on Monday.
    Analysis: Mike Smith played the whole game, suggesting that he's no worse for the wear after missing last Friday's game against the Sharks. He'll likely pick up most of the starts for the 'Yotes this season.
  • Coyotes' Smith To Play In Worlds

    News: Mike Smith will play for Canada at the upcoming World Championships, reports Sarah McLellan of AZ Central.
    Analysis: Mike Smith is coming off a tough year in which he posted just a 3.14 goals against and .904 save percentage - both marks the worst he has produced in his four years in Arizona. The team in front of him was truly terrible (the Coyotes gave up more than 200 shots more than they took at even strength this year) and Smith couldn't make up the difference. Perhaps time at the Worlds playing with a stronger cast will help him to put this season behind him.
  • Coyotes' Smith Stops 36 Shots In Season Finale

    News: Mike Smith made 36 saves on 38 shots in Saturday's loss to the Ducks.
    Analysis: A great final outing for Mike Smith, who finishes the season 14-42-5 with a .904 save percentage and 3.16 GAA. His ratios gradually improved over the season, but with the Coyotes losing so often, Smith wasn't of much fantasy value. With some promising young talent in the Arizona organization, Smith is likely to see his win total recover in the coming years.
  • Coyotes' Smith Draws Saturday Start

    News: Mike Smith will be between the pipes for Saturday's game against the Ducks, Craig Morgan of FOX Sports Arizona reports.
    Analysis: The Coyotes' hopes of finishing with the league's worst record were dashed after the Sabres lost Friday against the Blue Jackets, but even if tanking is off the table, don't expect the Coyotes to rise to the occasion here. The Ducks are poised to finish with the best record in the Western Conference, while Mike Smith enters the crease with a horrid 14-41-5 record to go along with an equally poor 3.18 GAA and .903 save percentage. Smith's terrible season could lead the Coyotes to explore other options in goal heading into 2015-16.
  • Smith Yanked As Coyotes Get Routed

    News: Mike Smith was responsible for the first four goals of Thursday's 5-0 thrashing at the hands of Vancouver. He made 20 saves before being pulled late in the second period.
    Analysis: In a season of misery, what's another loss? This one was No. 41 in the count for the season, and the 10th loss Mike Smith has taken in his last 13 outings. The offseason can't come soon enough for him and the Coyotes.
  • Coyotes Going With Smith On Thursday

    News: Mike Smith will be between the pipes for Thursday's game against the Canucks, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports.
    Analysis: Mike Smith has posted save percentages above .900 in 12 of his last 14 outings, but has won on just four of those occasions, with three of those coming in overtime or a shootout. Simply put, Smith can't catch a break even when he's playing well, as there's not enough offensive talent around him to keep him in contention for victories most nights. Don't put much faith in Smith during the Coyotes' final two games of the season.
  • Coyotes Stick With Smith On Tuesday

    News: Mike Smith was the first goalie off the ice at morning skate and is thus in line to start Tuesday's road game against the Flames, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports.
    Analysis: Mike Smith, who stopped 42 of 45 shots in Saturday's 5-3 win over San Jose, heads into Tuesday's contest with an 0-3-0 mark against the Flames this season, to go along with a 4.05 GAA and .833 save percentage in that span. As those numbers would suggest, he's one of the weaker goalie options on the board for Tuesday's slate.
  • Coyotes' Smith Takes 40th Loss

    News: Mike Smith stopped 29 of 32 shots Tuesday in a 3-2 loss to Calgary.
    Analysis: Mike Smith had been on something of a hot streak by his standards, with three wins in his last five outings, but with this loss, he became the first goalie to absorb 40 regulation defeats in a season since Marc Denis dropped 41 in 2002-03 for the Blue Jackets. Ouch.