GLENDALE – Coyotes goalie Louis Domingue only has appeared in 24 NHL games but he’s quickly making a name for himself around the League.
On Monday, the NHL rewarded him for his stellar play in January by naming him the Rookie of the Month. Domingue posted a 6-3-2 record with a 2.20 goals-against average, .925 save percentage and one shutout in 11 appearances in January.
“It’s a great honor,” Domingue said after Monday’s practice. “Obviously there are a lot of guys that deserve it throughout the League, and even on our team there’s a lot of guys that did a good job, so I’m honored to have won that.”
Domingue is the sixth player in Coyotes/Jets history to be named the NHL’s Rookie of the Month since the League began the award in 1983-84. The others are:
The Coyotes are eager to see how Domingue responds to his least successful outing of the season, which occurred just before the All-Star break when he allowed five goals on 25 shots at Winnipeg on Jan. 26 before being pulled after two periods.
Domingue said he was not too discouraged by that performance.
“I felt I made some good saves and I felt comfortable,” Domingue said. “It was a hard game, it was my first time in Winnipeg and it’s a loud building. I didn’t get the bounce I usually get (and) that will happen some nights. I’m not too worried about it. I’m moving forward.”
Head Coach Dave Tippett told reporters on Monday that Mike Smith, who is recovering from core muscle surgery, is not ready to start practicing with teammates at this time. That means Domingue will continue to get the majority of the starts as the Coyotes begin a 33-game push to the end of the regular season.
Domingue believes he can handle the load.
“I think I’ve shown I can be a regular in the NHL, but it’s a matter of being consistent and keeping that consistency throughout the rest of the year,” Domingue said. “Every No. 1 goalie in the league are put in back to back games all the time and playing great every night. So that’s what I’m trying to do. I’m trying to be consistent on game days and practice days. That’s how I’m going to be a guy that’s going to stick around.”