Smith is expected to miss 8-10 weeks after having surgery to repair a “a core muscle injury,” the Coyotes announced today.
You may recall that Smith went 3-0-0 in his first three starts, allowing just two goals on 106 shots. Alas, his save percentage has since fallen to .901, and now he’s facing a lengthy recovery process.
Starting duties will now presumably fall to Anders Lindback, whose numbers haven’t been very good either. The Coyotes also have Louis Domingue on their active roster, but the 23-year-old has yet to see any NHL game action this season.
Arizona’s next game is Thursday versus Columbus.