Smith heads home to get diagnosis from Coyotes’ doctors


The Arizona Coyotes still have five games left on their road trip, but goalie Mike Smith is headed home to see the team’s doctors after getting injured Tuesday in Ottawa.

Smith had an MRI yesterday but head coach Dave Tippett said there’s still no diagnosis, per Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic. For now, the Coyotes are considering Smith day-to-day with a lower-body injury.

Louis Domingue will start tonight in Montreal, backed up by Justin Peters, who’s been recalled from the AHL on an emergency basis.

“It’s definitely not the plan having Mike down,” Domingue said, per the team’s website, “but when someone goes down the guys have to step up, and I’m just one of them.”

The Coyotes also play tomorrow in Brooklyn and Sunday in Manhattan, so it’s possible that Peters could see some action. The 30-year-old spent all of last season in the AHL. He hasn’t been in the NHL since 2014-15, when he struggled as Braden Holtby‘s backup in Washington.