SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Arizona Coyotes goalie Devan Dubnyk, a pleasant surprise this season at 9-4-2 with a 2.70 goals-against average and .918 save percentage, has started the past four games.
The Coyotes will give No. 1 goalie Mike Smith a chance to break out of his season-long funk when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets at Gila River Arena on Saturday.
Smith, who carried Arizona to the Western Conference Final in 2012 and played just as well late last season, is 5-15-2 record with a 3.48 goals-against average, leaving him searching for answers and on the bench watching.
Dubnyk allowed all the goals in a 6-0 loss against the Dallas Stars on Wednesday, providing coach Dave Tippett an opportunity to give Smith another try.
"You want to be in games and you want to help your team win and contribute," Smith said. "Obviously it's been tough to be on the other side of it, although I've been there before. Having said that, [Dubnyk] has deserved to play. He's given the team some wins and he's played better than I have. Selfishly I want to be in there."