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'Yotes Notes: Raanta Injured in Loss to Red Wings

Arizona goalie Antti Raanta left Thursday's game after the first 20 minutes because of a lower-body injury

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

GLENDALE -- Coyotes goalie Antti Raanta played just one period of a 4-2 loss to Detroit on Thursday night at Gila River Arena because of a lower-body injury.

Raanta, who nursed a lower-body injury for most of training camp, stopped all nine shots he faced from the Red Wings in the first 20 minutes, but Louis Domingue tended net after the first intermission because Raanta could not continue.

Soon after the game ended, Head Coach Rick Tocchet was unable to provide details regarding the severity of Raanta's injury. An update on Raanta's condition is expected on Friday.

"I have no idea," Tocchet told reporters, although he did say that the injury was not an aggravation of Raanta's preseason injury.

The Coyotes have played four games this season, and Raanta, the No. 1 goalie on the depth chart, has finished just one despite starting three. In addition to leaving Thursday's game, Raanta was pulled from Tuesday's game at Vegas after giving up three goals within the first six minutes. 

• Domingue stopped 20 of the 23 shots he faced over the last two periods, but he allowed a short-handed goal with just 3:24 left in the third period that broke a 2-2 tie.

"It's not good," Domingue said of the team's 0-3-1 start to the season. "We look back at the end of the year and we're going to look at those four games and (see) we have one point. It's not good enough. We're close, but close is far from being good enough. We know that it's been four of five years, you know? And it's a lot of self-searching, and it starts with me and it starts with leadership and it starts with young guys. It starts with everybody. We've got to find a way to be more than close because not a win in four games to start the season, it's not good enough."  

Video: Domingue: 'Got to be More Than Close'

• Tocchet liked what he saw from his team for most of the game.

"I thought it was one of our better games," Tocchet said. "I thought we deserved better ... It's a game of inches. You can't let your foot off ... I thought we had a really good first period. Their goalie played great tonight."

Clayton Keller scored both of Arizona's goals and leads the team with three. Only Sonny Milano of the Columbus Blue Jackets has scored more goals (four) than Keller among NHL freshmen.

Video: DET@ARI: Keller pokes in PPG from in front

"He's got a nose for the puck," Tocchet said. "He's not scared. He's still learning as he goes on, but he almost got one at the end (too), almost got three goals. I thought he did a nice job."

Like Domingue, Keller was frustrated the Coyotes couldn't be rewarded for playing a good game. 

"We were getting pucks deep and were playing our style of game," Keller said. "I think if we do that, not many teams can skate with us. We started well, but we've just got to find a way (to win)."

Video: DET@ARI: Keller blisters one-timer for second goal

Derek Stepan played a solid, all-around game. He skated 21:30, produced an assist, took five shots on goal, had two takeaways and won 13 of 23 face-offs.

"You want to get two points, it's not easy," Stepan said. "You can't play 57 minutes of a hockey game. You have to play 60. It's a learning lesson. We keep talking about learning lessons and at some point you've got to learn."

 

• Defenseman Kevin Connauton missed Thursday's game because of a lower-body injury. With Connauton sidelined, defenseman Adam Clendening made his debut with the Coyotes. Playing with Oliver Ekman-Larsson to start the game, Clendening skated 15:51 and blocked one shot.

Brad Richardson, who wore the rotating third 'A' for a second consecutive game, won 12 of 16 face-offs. Ekman-Larsson and Niklas Hjalmarsson are wearing the 'A' on a permanent basis this season.

• The Coyotes scored one power-play goal on six chances. They failed to score on a 5-on-3 advantage that last 1:31 in the first period.

• With the loss, the Coyotes dropped to 0-3-1 to go winless after four games for the first time in franchise history.

Video: Tocchet: 'It's a Game of Inches'

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