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Arizona Coyotes recall Hunter Miska, Antti Raanta to IR

Arizona Coyotes goalie Hunter Miska (1) makes a save on a shot by Los Angeles Kings right wing Tyler Toffoli, right, during the third period of an NHL preseason hockey game Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

The Arizona Coyotes announced Wednesday that goaltender Hunter Miska was recalled from the AHL’s Tucson Roadrunners on an emergency basis as Antti Raanta deals with an injury. That injury will land Raanta on the injured reserve list, confirms 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s Matt Layman.

Raanta was considered day-to-day with a lower-body injury after he left practice early on Tuesday. After practice, head coach Rick Tocchet said he left as a precaution and had tweaked something. The Coyotes play the Flyers in Philadelphia to begin a four-game stretch on the road on Thursday night.

Miska, 23, played at University of Minnesota-Duluth when they reached the NCAA Frozen Four title game in 2017. He signed an entry-level deal with the Coyotes in April of last year and has spent last season and this season with the Roadrunners. In seven games in Tucson this year, Miska owns a .901 save percentage and 3.11 goals against average.

Until Raanta returns, the bulk of the playing time in net for the Coyotes would presumably go to backup Darcy Kuemper, who has a .936 save percentage in four games played this year, which is the seventh-best mark in the NHL.

Raanta has been an important piece for the Coyotes this season, earning a .929 save percentage and 2.10 goals against average. He missed games last year because of injury, appearing in 47 games in his first season as a No. 1 goaltender.

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