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Coyotes GM John Chayka expressed interest in having Antti Raanta be the team's long-term goaltender, but he didn't make it sound like a contract extension was close to being agreed to.

Raanta can become an unrestricted free agent this summer. "We’ve had discussions at a high level and I don’t think much has changed throughout the year," Chayka said when asked if there's been in-season contract extension discussions to re-sign Raanta. "We’ve always had a high opinion of Antti and thought he was a good goalie when, obviously, we went out and got him. It was one of those things where he’s going to come in and finally show what he can do as a starter. As a team, we were going to evaluate him and allow it to play out. That’s the same situation we’re in now." Raanta has had a strong showing with the Coyotes despite the team's overall struggles as he has a 12-14-6 record, 2.45 GAA, and .924 save percentage in 35 games.
Feb 21 - 10:26 AM

Antti Raanta is enjoying the increased workload that comes with being a starting goaltender.

Raanta has played in 35 contests this season, which is already five more than his previous career-high. "I love it," Raanta said. "Playing games is way easier than sitting on the bench and watching other guys doing it. You’re not even that nervous when you’re playing. It’s more nerve-wracking when you’re on the bench because you have no control over what happens. It’s been awesome to just play." He hasn't shown signs of fatigue either. He's playing some of his best hockey right now and was rewarded with the NHL's second star of the week as a result.
Feb 20 - 4:31 AM

Antti Raanta has claimed the NHL's second star of the week.

Raanta posted a 3-0-0 record with a 0.90 goals-against average, .976 save percentage and one shutout during the period ending Feb. 18. He turned aside 123 of the 126 shots he faced. Raanta has great peripherals this season with a 2.45 goals-against average and .924 save percentage despite a 12-14-6 record for the last-placed Coyotes.
Source: NHL.com
Feb 19 - 4:53 PM

Antti Raanta stopped all 40 shots he faced in Saturday's 1-0 win over the Edmonton Oilers.

Oilers forward Patrick Maroon thought he beat Raanta in the third period, but the goal was waived off because of goalie interference. The Coyotes netminder has now won each of his last three decisions and he's 4-0-1 in his last five. Raanta owns a 12-14-6 record with a 2.45 goals-against-average and a .924 save percentage this season.
Feb 17 - 7:25 PM

Christian Dvorak scored the only goal in Arizona's 1-0 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday afternoon.

Dvorak opened the scoring at the 3:26 mark of the first period when an Oliver Ekman-Larsson shot went off him and into the Oilers net. The Coyotes forward now has 10 goals and 28 points in 59 games this season.
Feb 17 - 7:15 PM

Richard Panik will return to the Coyotes' lineup after being a healthy scratch Thursday night against Montreal.

Panik had not scored a goal in eight games, and as a result, Coyotes' coach Rick Tocchet decided to sit him in the press box against the Habs. Panik, who has played on the team's top linefrom time to time, will rejoin the lineup at the expense of Zac Rinaldo, who will be a healthy scratch. No word on where Panik will line up, though.
Feb 17 - 12:31 PM

Confirming an earlier post, Antti Raanta will get the start in goal against the Oilers Saturday afternoon.

Raanta is on a two-game winning streak and has an 11-14-6 record this season with a .253 GAA and a .920 SP. Those are pretty good numbers for a goalie toiling on arguably the worst team in the league.
Feb 17 - 12:27 PM

Antti Raanta will get the nod for Arizona on Saturday.

Raanta won his previous two starts. He has a 11-14-6 record, 2.53 GAA, and .920 save percentage in 34 contests this season.
Feb 16 - 5:16 PM

Brendan Perlini scored two goals in under 20 seconds on Thursday.

That was the quickest any Coyotes player had scored two goals since Shane Doan accomplished the feat in just 14 seconds in Dec. 2015. It was Perlini's second multi-goal game of the 2017-18 campaign with his other coming back on Nov. 5. The sophomore is up to 16 goals and 23 points in 51 contests this season.
Feb 16 - 9:53 AM

Clayton Keller scored a goal and three assists in a 5-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night.

Keller continues to make his case for a Calder Trophy with his performance on Thursday, having a hand in four of the Coyotes' five goals against the Habs Thursday night. Brendan Perlini also scored twice, along with Josh Archibald and Tobias Rieder. Keller now has 17 goals and 44 points in 58 games this season.
Feb 15 - 11:56 PM

Antti Raanta made 34 saves on 36 shots in a 5-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night.

Raanta has now won three of his last four decisions, going 3-0-1 in that span. The Finnish netminder is now 11-14-6 with a 2.53 GAA and a .920 save percentage.
Feb 15 - 11:56 PM

Luke Schenn will be a healthy scratch in Thursday's game against the Montreal Canadiens.

Freddie Hamilton and Richard Panik are also expected to watch the game from the press box. Schenn has no goals and five assists in 51 games this season. This will be the fifth straight game that he watches from the press box.
Feb 15 - 8:32 PM

Antti Raanta is expected to start for Arizona Thursday night.

The Coyotes will be going for their third straight win. Raanta has a 10-14-6 record, 2.55 GAA, and .919 save percentage in 33 contests this season.
Feb 15 - 3:09 PM

Scott Wedgewood didn't sustain a concussion on Tuesday.

Wedgewood had to go through the concussion protocol after he went down and banged the back of his head on the ice. He wasn't able to complete the contest as a result, but the good news is that he wasn't concussed. He did have a headache, but fortunately it seems that was the extent of his problem.
Feb 15 - 3:07 PM

Christian Fischer is on a three-game point streak.

Fischer has four assists over that span. He has 13 goals and 27 points in 54 contests as a rookie this season. It might not be enough to get him in the Calder Trophy conversation, but it's a solid start for a forward with a good amount of offensive upside.
Feb 14 - 5:05 AM


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