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With Smith hurt, Phoenix to recall ’10 first-rounder Visentin

Mar 25, 2014, 1:04 PM EDT

With three games in the next five nights, the Phoenix Coyotes are primed to call up Mark Visentin from AHL Portland as a replacement for injured goalie Mike Smith.

Smith, who suffered a lower-body injury that forced him from Monday’s 4-3 OT loss to the Rangers, won’t play in tonight’s game versus Pittsburgh and there’s no word on his availability for Thursday’s game in New Jersey.

Here’s the latest on his health, from Fox Sports Arizona’s Craig Morgan:

Phoenix cannot afford to lose Smith for any significant length of time. Monday’s game in New York was his 12th consecutive start, and he’s been very good since winning gold with Team Canada at the Winter Olympics — Smith went 7-4 in March prior to the Rangers game, posting a .924 save percentage while allowing three goals or fewer in 10 of 11 contests.

As for Visentin, the 21-year-old was Phoenix’s first-round selection (27th overall) at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. He’s 14-19-5 with the Pirates this season, with a .901 save percentage and 3.30 GAA. He’ll back up Thomas Greiss for the time being.

  1. thailer35 - Mar 25, 2014 at 1:21 PM

    Personally, I hope Vizzer get’s some game action. I want to see how this kid does in an NHL setting and see if he’ll be ready to challenge Smitty for the starting role in the next couple of seasons.

  2. barkar942 - Mar 25, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    Personally, I as a Rangers fan, am happy to hear that Smith’s injury doesn’t appear to be that severe. Looked like it may have been much worse. I don’t like seeing any players getting severely hurt.

  3. jeffr85392 - Mar 25, 2014 at 11:26 PM

    thailer35, I’ve been waiting to see this kid in action since our Yotes drafted him. Let’s see what he’s got.

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