4:08pm: Craig Morgan of The Athletic reports that Kuemper’s injury may keep him out until the All-Star break at the end of January.
1:30pm: The Arizona Coyotes have relied on their incredible goaltending this season to get them to first place in the Pacific Division, but they’ll have to show they can do more than just keep the puck out of their own net now. Darcy Kuemper, one of the Vezina Trophy favorites at this point, has suffered a lower-body injury and will be out on a week-to-week basis.
Kuemper, 29, trails only Ben Bishop among starting goaltenders with a .929 save percentage this season, one that dropped dramatically when he allowed seven goals on 32 shots last night. The Coyotes ended up losing the game 8-5, exactly the opposite of the type of score head coach Rick Tocchet has been chasing this season.
In his place the Coyotes have recalled Adin Hill from the minor leagues, but the starting job will now go back to Antti Raanta. Acquired from the New York Rangers in the summer of 2017, Raanta was brought to Arizona to be the starter. After an incredible debut season with the Coyotes, last year was lost almost completely to injury and Kuemper ended up staking his claim to the job.
Even with only 13 games played this season, Raanta has still been quite impressive. His own .919 save percentage is nothing to scoff at and he clearly has the ability to keep the Coyotes in the division title race. That said, Raanta hasn’t been able to stay healthy and will now be tested on a regular basis.