The Arizona Coyotes are still struggling as they have dropped down to 0-10-1. With this record, the Coyotes are now tied with the New York Rangers for the worst start to a season in NHL history. Turns out the Coyotes would be making history this season after all, just not the way they intended. The team is still playing fairly well as the offense has been getting slightly better throughout the weeks, but goal tending is still the primary issue. The Coyotes have started 4 goalies in just 11 games. With the Coyotes’ starting goalie Antti Raanta still injured, Louis Domingue has been the man needed to step up, but he just hasn’t been able to keep his team in the competition. In fact, after another loss to the New Jersey Devils on Saturday the 28th, Louis Domingue was placed on waivers. Louie just hasn’t been able to find his game as he’s registered a 4.33 goals against average and a .856 save percentage and going 0-6-0.
Domingue has been with the team for 4 seasons now and has been progressively getting better since his season debut in the 2014-2015 season, as he has been posting a save percentages of around .911 percent in his first three seasons. This year has just been nothing but struggles and the 25 year-old goalie has been deemed as one of the primary problems.
Before the game against the Devils, the Coyotes traded a 5th round pick in the 2018 draft to the Devils for goalie Scott Wedgewood, so signs were already hinting that if Domingue didn’t win that game, his days with the Arizona Coyotes were over, and just that happened. Now whether or not he will clear waivers or be picked up by another team is unknown at this point.
Antti Raanta is still on the Injured Reserve list, so goalie prospect, Hunter Miska has been called up from the AHL. So it appears that the Coyotes new goalie lineup will be either Adin Hill, who has been phenomenal in his 3 starts posting a 3.76 goals against average and a .880 save percentage, and Hunter Miska will serve as backups and goalie Scott Wedgewood will be the starter, or the coaches will just rotate the three goalies. Regardless, the Coyotes are doing anything at this point to try and turn this team around before things go from bad to worse, but how much worse can it get at this point?
Hopefully the Coyotes recent changes will show some positive turn-around, but first things first, is to finally get their first win of the season. With the changes in goaltending, hopefully the Coyotes will be able to have some better luck in games, but will it be enough to spark some positive change?
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