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For Coyotes, maintaining ice in the desert is as hard as it sounds

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- At times during the legal battle between the Arizona Coyotes and the city of Glendale this summer, it seemed as if the Coyotes would never skate in Gila River Arena again. Now training camp is underway with stars like Shane Doan and Mike Smith skating on a fresh sheet of ice barely an inch thick. "It's been a long time since we've been here," Smith said. "I'm excited...
Via Fox Sports
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Alex Edler scores goal off Mike Smith's backside (Video)

Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alex Edler scored a goal that bounced off the backside of Arizona Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith during the third period of Sunday night's game in Glendale.Edler scored the power play goal on a bank shot that hit the goalpost and deflected off Smith's back into the net.Edler's goal broke the 1-1 tie and ended up being the game winner in the 3-1 Canucks...
Via Holdout Sports
March 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Video: Mike Smith jumps over the puck to avoid making a save

All of the goaltending talk on Tuesday night focused on the Florida Panthers and the fact Rob Tallas was nearly called into action. Mike Smith wasn’t the center of attention, but he maybe should have been as he jumped over a shot and avoided the puck in a bizarre scene which may make fans think the Coyotes are tanking on purpose.
Via Puck Drunk Love
March 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Arizona Coyotes experiencing serious buyer’s remorse with Mike Smith

To say that this season has been a disappointment for the Arizona Coyotes would be a tremendous understatement. Assuming things continue at their current pace, this is a team that will likely continue to battle it out with the likes of the Edmonton Oilers to stay out of the Western Conference cellar, a far cry from where this team was just a few years ago, when they made it as...
Via Puck Drunk Love
December 24, 2014  |  Discuss

As goes Mike Smith, so go the Arizona Coyotes

The Arizona Coyotes are not a very good hockey team. This is an obvious statement that requires no advanced statistics or anything of the like. They’re decent on paper and the product on the ice has been quite poor. If the current trend that has been witnessed in the first near-quarter of the season is any indication, they could spend the year battling the Edmonton Oilers for...
Via Puck Drunk Love
November 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Phoenix Coyotes season in review

In the waning moments of the NHL season, the last game of the Phoenix Coyotes season against the Dallas Stars was forming into one of intense proportions – a play-in game of sorts. Winner goes to the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and loser goes home. Well, the Phoenix Coyotes got their win, a 2-1 victory to end the season. The only problem – it was their only win in the month of April...
April 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Smith's injury not as severe as first feared

PITTSBURGH -- There is no good injury news when it comes to Coyotes goalie Mike Smith, but the team got much better news than it expected Tuesday morning when Smith visited a doctor in Pittsburgh to examine his right knee. Smith is officially listed as day-to-day with a lower body injury, but the team does not believe the injury is as severe as it looked when Rangers forward Derick...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
March 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Smith playing best hockey since Coyotes' conference final run

BOSTON -- Mike Smith drops the idea so casually that you almost move on without examining the enormity of it. "With where we are in the standings I have to be the best player on the ice every game out or we're not going to have a chance to make the playoffs," Smith says. The pressure of lesser expectations weighed on Smith earlier this season, as did the impending Olympic roster...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

New attitude helps Smith post season's first shutout

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Mike Smith was a little cranky recently. With the first half of the season not going according to his imagined script, and with the Canadian Olympic announcement weighing on his mind, the Coyotes goalie just wasn't having fun. So with the help of goalie coach Sean Burke, Smith took a step back, took stock of his predicament and decided to reverse course. "We have...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
January 17, 2014  |  Discuss

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