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Coyotes goalie Antti Raanta leaves with injury vs. Flyers, doesn’t return

Arizona Coyotes goalie Antti Raanta (32) falls on the puck as Philadelphia Flyers' James van Riemsdyk (25) fights for it while Coyotes' Alex Goligoski (33) watches during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darryl Webb)

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Arizona Coyotes goaltender Antti Raanta did not finish Saturday night’s 6-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers, despite having a shutout going.

The team later announced that Raanta sustained a lower-body injury and would not return to the game.

“It’s basically Raants kind of pulled himself because he didn’t feel comfortable about something,” head coach Rick Tocchet said when asked if pulling Raanta was precautionary.

The Coyotes took a 4-0 lead into the second intermission as Raanta had made 17 saves up to that point. When the Coyotes skated out for the third period, backup Adin Hill went to the crease to take over the goaltending duties. Hill has been the backup while Darcy Kuemper is sidelined with a lower-body injury.

In relief, Hill allowed goals to Tyler Pitlick and Justin Braun. He faced 12 shots, stopping 10.

Raanta was originally acquired by the Coyotes to be a No. 1 goaltender but has missed periods of time with injury on multiple occasions. He played 47 games his first year in Arizona and only 12 last year.

This year, Raanta has played 20 games (19 starts) and brought a .918 save percentage into Saturday night’s game.

If Raanta misses any time, it would seem the next goaltender on the Coyotes’ depth chart would be Ivan Prosvetov, though Prosvetov is only 19 years old and has never played an NHL game. He made his pro debut this year and has only 19 games between the AHL and ECHL.

Tucson Star reporter Brett Fera reported that Prosvetov, who was playing for the Roadrunners on Saturday night, was pulled from that game — likely for if he’s needed with the NHL club on Sunday.

The Coyotes’ next game is on Tuesday at the Florida Panthers.


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