Hill was reassigned to AHL Tucson on Monday. After filling in as the team's primary option in net at the end of November and into the early part of December, Hill's crease time has decreased substantially over the last month or so, thanks in large part to the return of Darcy Kuemper. With Kuemper -- a veteran in his seventh NHL season -- likely to see the bulk of starts moving forward, sending Hill down to the AHL makes sense because that's where the 22-year-old figures to get the lion's share of starts. In 13 appearances with the Coyotes this season, Hill has posted a 7-5-0 record to go along with a 2.76 GAA and .901 save percentage.
Hill surrendered a career-worst seven goals on 26 shots in Sunday's 7-1 road loss to the Flames. Arizona's current No. 1 netminder, Darcy Kuemper, started the first game of the back-to-back set Saturday -- squeaking past the Oilers, 3-2 -- otherwise, he probably would have been able to relieve Hill in this one-sided affair. The B.C. native's save percentage dropped all the way from .916 to .901 due to his torching from the Flames, but Hill's job as the primary backup appears to be safe since journeyman Calvin Pickard hasn't played since the team picked him up off waivers in late November.
Hill will tend the twine in Sunday's road contest against the Flames, Dave Vest of the Coyotes' official site reports. After starting the season 4-0-0 with a .977 save percentage, Hill has gone 3-4-0 in his last seven appearances. During that span, he recorded a subpar .890 save percentage and 3.28 GAA. While the rookie netminder has been pretty solid overall this season, he'll likely be heading back to AHL Tucson when Calvin Pickard returns from his conditioning assignment.
Hill allowed two goals on 23 shots in a 3-1 loss to the Oilers on Wednesday. The 22-year-old came into Wednesday on a major cold streak, posting an .887 save percentage over his last six starts. But despite the loss, he played well Wednesday, perhaps putting his season back on track. Hill performed so well in his first five starts, he is still 7-4-0 with a .916 save percentage this season.
Hill will tend the twine at home versus the Oilers on Wednesday, Dave Vest of the Coyotes' official site reports. Hill has given up three or more goals in each of his previous six outings, yet has still secured a 3-3-0 record thanks to his offense. Edmonton comes into the contest in a tailspin, having lost six straight games. Hill figures to continue splitting time with Darcy Kuemper until one of the two can separate himself or the team opts to give Calvin Pickard a look.
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