The Arizona Coyotes could be without Mike Smith for a while as the goaltender departed Tuesday’s 7-4 road loss to the Ottawa Senators in the third period with an apparent leg injury.
Smith was grabbing his left leg while down on the ice after lunging to make a save and getting twisted in the crease. He was helped off the ice, unable to place any weight on the leg, and replaced in net at 7:18 of the third by Louis Domingue, who promptly allowed two goals to put the Coyotes in a 5-2 hole.
Prior to exiting, Smith surrendered three goals on 30 shots but turned aside all six pucks that came his way in the third period. The 34-year-old, who will be re-evaluated on Wednesday, also yielded three tallies on 30 shots in Arizona’s season-opening overtime victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.
Injuries are nothing new to Smith, who missed nearly three months of action last season due to a core muscle injury that required surgery and also has suffered several concussions during his career. He was limited to 32 games in 2015-16, going 15-13-2 with three shutouts, a 2.63 goals-against average and a .916 save percentage.
Selected by Dallas in the fifth round of the 2001 draft, Smith made his debut with the Stars in 2006-07 and posted a 12-5-2 record with three shutouts and a 2.23 GAA. He was sent to Tampa Bay in a five-player trade the following season and spent three more campaigns with the Lightning before signing with the Coyotes in July 2011.
A native of Kingston, Ontario, Smith owns a 177-172-51 record with 30 shutouts and a 2.67 GAA in 421 career games with the Stars, Lightning and Coyotes. The 6-foot-4, 215-pounder also is 10-11 with three blankings and a 1.88 GAA in 19 playoff contests with Tampa Bay and Arizona.