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Mike Smith out week-to-week for Coyotes

Goaltender sidelined since Tuesday with lower-body injury

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- Arizona Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith is out week-to-week with a lower-body injury, coach Dave Tippett said following the morning skate at Madison Square Garden in advance of a game against the New York Rangers on Sunday (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, MSG, FS-A, NHL.TV).

Tippett said Smith, who was injured in the third period of a 7-4 loss at the Ottawa Senators last Tuesday, is home in Arizona and will not be rejoining the Coyotes on their season-high six-game road trip, which concludes at the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday.

However, Tippett said the severity of Smith's injury isn't as significant as the Coyotes first thought. He is technically eligible to come off injured reserve Tuesday, but that seems unlikely at this point.

"He's in good spirits back home and we'll see where he's at next week," Tippett said. "I think he's still resting for a few more days and when we get back we'll re-evaluate. It's not bad, no."

Tippett couldn't give a timeline for when Smith could return, but he doesn't think it'll be long before he gets back on the ice.

"When he gets ready to play or not is another story," Tippett said.

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Goalie Louis Domingue will start against the Rangers. It'll be his third straight start and fourth straight appearance since Smith had to leave the game against Ottawa. Domingue has allowed seven goals on 50 shots in his two starts and 10 goals on 61 shots since replacing Smith.

The Coyotes lost all three games, most recently 3-2 against the New York Islanders at Barclays Center on Friday. Arizona is allowing a League-high 36.5 shots on goal per game this season.

"My game is coming along, honestly," Domingue said. "I felt good in Brooklyn the other night. I'm just trying to get back in the rhythm. The thing is we need a win right now, so we don't really have time to get feeling good. You've got to feel good now. That's my job."

In addition, forward Jamie McGinn, who has missed the first four games of the season with an upper-body injury, joined the Coyotes in New York and could make his season debut against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center on Tuesday.

McGinn was on the ice with the Coyotes at the Garden on Sunday morning. Tippett said McGinn needs to go through a full contact practice before he can play.

"Looks good," Tippett said. "It's the first practice today he's had in a couple weeks. He won't play [Sunday night], but we'll get him another good practice [Monday] and he's possibly an option for New Jersey."

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