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Coyotes get Mike Smith back Saturday

Apr 6, 2013, 2:43 PM EDT

The Phoenix Coyotes chances of making the playoffs are slim at this point, but they might get a boost from the return of goaltender Mike Smith.

The 31-year-old netminder will start on Saturday, according to the Coyotes’ Dave Vest. He sustained an upper-body injury on March 21 when he was charged into by Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alex Edler.

You can see the incident below:

A season ago, Smith was a hero in Phoenix, but he has struggled in 2013. In fact, his understudy Jason LaBarbera has posted vastly superior numbers, albeit while playing in just 13 games (eight of them starts).

If the Coyotes are going to defy the odds and make the playoffs, Smith needs to put his pre-injury problems behind him and finish the season on a high note.

Phoenix will play against Colorado tonight and Smith might get a shot at revenge on Monday when the Coyotes take on the Canucks.

  1. ray2013 - Apr 6, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    I was wondering why this article was so controversial, we weren’t allowed to comment on it. Good luck, Mr. Smith.

  2. steelers88 - Apr 6, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    If the Coyotes I wouldn’t play him I would just sit him out the rest of the year. It always seems like his getting hurt. I’d rather see him go into the offseason healthy then not.

  3. sporkov - Apr 6, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    The most ridiculous thing about this incident is that the Canucks stayed on the power play because the officiating in the NHL has gotten worse than basketball and has started to approach to Tim Donaghy and Ed Rush type issues.

    How do the Canucks only get the Edler penalty when two of their players (Hanson and Garrison) come into the pile with gloves off and D Sedin had already cheap-shotted D Morris. The only things you could even call on the Coyotes if you are watching this is Klesla cracking D Sedin and Hanzal. So, if the refs actually get this right the Canucks should have Edler: 5 for charging, D Sedin: 2 for roughing, Hanson: 2 for roughing, Garrison: 2 for roughing and for Phoenix Klesla: 2 for roughing and Hanzal: 2 for roughing.

    So, you should have ended up with two of the roughings from each team being matching. Then you have the major and the extra roughing on Vancouver which will put you at 4 on 3 for the Coyotes for the remainder of Korpikoski’s holding penalty (0:04) and 5 on 3 until the end of the roughing.

    The problem is the referees in the NHL have no desire to actually call the game correctly. They always give these stupid evening out penalties instead of actually picking out the real perpetrators.

    Then Shannahammered only gives him two games for a blow to the head, while charging, leaving his feet, making no attempt for the puck and not making an attempt to avoid a goaltender. It is ridiculous that the NHL is making no effort to protect the players.

    Yes, I am venting, but this has been building the whole season regarding the officiating as I have been a ref for two sports for over 25 years (including hockey) and it is the one thing that I think has to be right at every game and should improve but it is only getting worse every year.

  4. loyallakingsfan35yrs - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    So what? Go Kings…

    • sporkov - Apr 8, 2013 at 10:17 PM

      So, loyallakingsfan35yrs, when someone puts Carter, Doughty, Richards, Kopitar or Quick out because of incompetent officiating you will be alright with that?

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