The Arizona Coyotes are off to the worst start in franchise history at 0-9-1. They've had every problem imaginable but one of them -- goaltending -- could be solved Saturday.
Antti Raanta, acquired in the offseason to serve as the Coyotes' No. 1 goaltender, could return from a two-week absence due to a lower-body injury to face the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center. He was on the ice Wednesday and practiced Friday, and the coaching staff feels he could be ready.
"He had a good day today so we'll decide (Saturday)," Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet said to ArizonaSports.com. "That's positive news here. Obviously, he's a solid goalie but he's really an infectious guy. He's got a lot of personality. We want to see the smile around the room. That will help the team. When your players love your goalie they seem to play harder sometimes."
In Raanta's absence, Louis Domingue (.858) and Adin Hill (.880) have been among the worst goaltenders in the league. Raanta had a .911 save percentage in his three starts and is a career .917 goaltender, so his return could make a much-needed difference for a team that's seeing its season slip away. >> Read more