Louis Domingue to start Coyotes’ preseason game after puck hits mask
Arizona Coyotes goaltender Louis Domingue will start Thursday night’s preseason game against the Los Angeles Kings, just three days after he left a preseason contest against the Ducks after taking a puck off his mask.
Per @RealRocket22: @domingue35 will start tonight's preseason game for @ArizonaCoyotes at @LAKings. @miska_35 is the backup
— Dave Vest (@davest4yotes) September 28, 2017
Domingue left the game and was replaced by Marek Langhamer after Anaheim scored its third goal of the night, which bounced off of the goaltender’s head.
.@domingue35 took shot off the mask by Anaheim's Brandon Montour. Adding insult to injury, the puck went in net for @AnaheimDucks' 3rd goal.
— Dave Vest (@davest4yotes) September 26, 2017
The Coyotes tweeted that Domingue’s departure was precautionary.
Domingue, 25, is entering his fourth season with the Coyotes and his third as a regular backup. This will be the Coyotes’ first season with Antti Raanta as their starting goaltender, a new name ahead of Domingue’s on the depth chart after Arizona dealt away Mike Smith this summer.
The St. Hyacinthe, Quebec native posted a .908 save percentage in 31 games with Arizona last season. For his career, Domingue owns a .910 save percentage and 2.87 goals against average.
The Coyotes’ Thursday night game will be played at the Staples Center and is the fifth of six preseason tilts for Arizona. After this game, the Coyotes will play the Sharks at their place on Saturday ahead of their regular season opener, which is on Oct. 5 in Anaheim.