Probably not the news Arizona wanted to hear in advance of trying to snap its five-game losing streak — starting netminder Mike Smith is out with a lower-body injury, which will force Anders Lindback into action tonight as the Coyotes take on the Wild.
In a corresponding move, Arizona recalled Louis Domingue from AHL Springfield.
In 10 games this year, Lindback is 3-5-0 with a 2.90 GAA and .900 save percentage. He started the season well, posting a .935 save percentage in October, but has fallen on hard times of late — in his last outing, he allowed five goals on 18 shots in a loss to Carolina.
— After Scott Darling was shelled for five goals in last night’s loss to Nashville, Corey Crawford starts for the Blackhawks. No word yet on who’ll be in net for the visiting Jets, but Connor Hellebuyck did play in last night’s 6-4 win over Columbus.
— John Gibson makes his seventh straight start as the Ducks host the ‘Canes. No word yet on a Carolina starter, as head coach Bill Peters could go with either of his struggling netminders: Eddie Lack or Cam Ward.