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Tocchet: Raanta is 'Day-to-Day' with Lower-Body Injury

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

GLENDALE - Goalie Antti Raanta did not practice with the Coyotes on Friday, the day after he left a 4-2 loss vs. Detroit after one period because of a lower-body injury.

Head Coach Rick Tocchet said Raanta is "day-to-day" and has not ruled him out of the lineup for the home game on Saturday vs. Boston. The most likely scenario, however, is for Louis Domingue to start the game with Marek Langhamer serving as his backup. Arizona recalled Langhamer from its American Hockey League team in Tucson on Friday, and he practiced with the team at Gila River Arena.

Domingue, Raanta's backup, already has started one game and has played in three of the first four. Raanta, who has suffered two lower-body injuries since reporting to training camp, has played just one full game and only small chunks of two others.

"It's a little bit concerning," Tocchet said. "... I'm not saying he wasn't in shape, but you've got to come in shape. These injuries, sometimes you look at them and you question it. I'm not saying his injury, I'm saying in general. It's a hard league, and you have to be diligent on your stuff."

The Coyotes will enter Saturday's game vs. Boston with an 0-3-1 record. Instability in goal has been a factor in the poor start.

"You look at Vegas," Tocchet said, "(Marc-Andre) Fleury just gives Vegas that confidence. We need some confidence from the goalies back there. But by saying that, too, we still have to, as forwards and defense, be accountable, too. It's just not on the goaltender." 

Domingue has stopped 77 of 87 shots faced over four games. That's a .885 save percentage.

Tocchet spoke Friday regarding Domingue's approach. 

"He's got to feel that the goals that went in, he's got to have," Tocchet said. "That's the first thing and go from there. His attitude, it's good, but you've got to be big in the net. You've got to make the stops and he knows it ... He's just got to get that inner strength, that mental toughness. He's a young guy, too, he's got to learn how to do that."

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