By Jesse Bonello
Arizona is off to their worst season start in franchise history with a league-worst 1-5 record. Their only win came at home against the Flyers, but the tides have already turned since the season-opening home win on Oct. 15.
Louis Domingue is starting in goal against the Flyers. Domingue remains winless this season going 0-4 while posting a grisly 5.03 goals against average and a .851 save percentage.
The good news for ‘Yotes fans is that they may have their starting goalie back sooner then expected. Mike Smiths’ injury isn’t as severe as the team initially thought, but in the meantime fans will still have to endure the Domingue-Peters duo in goal.
Mike Smith update from Coyotes: week to week, Lower body. Coyotes say not severe. Will be reevaluated when team gets home
— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) October 23, 2016
The Coyotes are a young team, and their rookies are trending in the right direction. Jakob Chychrun has continued to impress with three points in five games this season. Dylan Strome and Lawson Crouse are looking for their first career NHL goals, but it looks like they won’t get them on Thursday against Philadelphia. Here’s the lines from their morning skate.
#Coyotes skating: 16-11-17/88-48-10/8-15-19/76-18-25/23-5/33-26/6-2. Strome, Crouse and Connauton look to be extras.
— Sarah McLellan (@azc_mclellan) October 27, 2016
In an interview with Sarah McLellan, Coyotes GM John Chayka said he hopes the team can turn their five-game losing streak into a positive.
“It’s a tough time for everyone, but we hope that it makes you better in the long run,” he said.
The Flyers are looking to get their second win in a row, and boost their record above .500. Philadelphia is 3-3-1 coming off of a come-from-behind shootout win against Buffalo on Tuesday. The Flyers scored three power play goals in the third period to force extra play.
Claude Giroux is still without a goal this season, but he’s tied with Jakub Voracek for the team lead in points with eight.
Puck drop in Philadelphia is 7:00 p.m. ET.