The Arizona Coyotes announced today that goaltender Antti Raanta is day-to-day with a bone bruise injury.
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Antti Raanta Injured
Raanta played in his third game back from a lower-body injury. However he left the game after the second period in Tuesday’s win vs Minnesota Wild. Though he left after the period there was no clear indication of the injury during the game. He stopped 17 of the 20 shots he faced in that game.
Over his six-year NHL career, Raanta has played for New York Rangers, Chicago Blackhawks and Arizona Coyotes. He has put up a 73-46-15 career record in 153 career appearances with 136 career starts. He also has a 2.34 goals against average, .920 save percentage, and 11 shutouts. Raanta has a career 0-1 record in three career Stanley Cup Playoff games, with a 2.56 goals against average and 8.95 save percentages.
This season, Raanta has 12 starts for the Coyotes. He put up a 5-6-0 record with a 2.88 goals against average and .906 save percentage. He has also recorded one of his three career assists this season.
What This Means for the Coyotes
Raanta has been injury plagued this year. Though his appearance in only 12 of 25 games this season it does not lessen his presence is a valued part of the Coyotes defense. The Canes are also without their back-up goaltender Darcy Kuemper. With two goalies down the Yotes have made a few moves. They have called up Adin Hill from the AHL and claimed goaltender Calvin Pickard off Waivers from the Philadelphia Flyers. Hill is expected to get the start tonight vs Nashville Predators.
Pickard has appeared in 11 games, eight of those being starts this year for the Flyers. He has a 4.01 goals against average and .863 save percentage. Pickard gives the Yotes an extra goalie and insurance knowing that Raanta has been injury prone. When the Yotes get both goalies back it’s expected that Pickard will be sent down to the AHL until he is needed back up with the team.