Originally written on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 11/5/14
The Phoenix Coyotes are probably hoping Mike Smith returns to form when he is back on the ice. Smith is expected to play for the visiting Coyotes on Friday night when they try to hand the Dallas Stars a fifth straight loss in the opener of a home-and-home set. Smith will be back for Phoenix (2-4-1) after missing four games with a lower-body injury. Jason LaBarbera and Chad Johnson filled in when he was out. "It's gotten a lot better over the last few days, so I'm excited to get back in the lineup," Smith told the Coyotes' official website. "I'm ready." Smith has a 4.62 goals-against average this season. He was spectacular in last season's playoffs with a 1.99 GAA. The goalie had a rough effort with 22 saves in a 4-3 loss at Dallas (2-4-1) on Jan. 19 in the season opener for both teams. He was outdueled by Kari Lehtonen, who made 37 saves. Jaromir Jagr scored twice and assisted on the other two goals in his Stars debut while Czech compatriot Radim Vrbata had two goals and an as...
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