News: Shinnimin was recalled from AHL Portland on Wednesday, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports.
Impact: The Coyotes lost center Joe Vitale (upper body) to injury Tuesday against the Flyers, prompting the call-up of Shinnimin as insurance in the event Vitale can't play Thursday in Toronto. Shinnimin, 24, has nine goals and 25 points in 40 games with AHL Portland this season.
News: Domi could make his NHL debut this season, according to GM Don Maloney, reports Sportsnet's Jeff Simmons.
Impact: Domi has had an outstanding season with OHL London where he has registered 66 points in 35 games - good for 11th in league scoring. He was also named Top Forward at the 2015 World Junior Hockey Championship as he helped Canada win the gold medal. Domi is a must add in all dynasty leagues, but if he makes his debut this season expectations may need to be tempered, as it could coincide with the Coyotes moving some of their veteran players limiting Domi's upside.
News: Murphy netted a first-period goal, blocked four shots and supplied three hits in his 18:59 of ice time Tuesday against the Flyers.
Impact: With his father, Gord, looking on as an assistant coach on the opposing bench, Murphy aided the Coyotes to an early 1-0 lead with his third marker of the season. The 2011 first-rounder has just six points in 42 games this season, but with the Coyotes in rebuild mode, Murphy should continue to hold down a regular role in an attempt to pick up NHL experience.
News: After sitting out as a healthy scratch in consecutive games, Erat scored a goal on five shots and added an assist over 19:07 of ice time Tuesday in a shootout loss to the Flyers.
Impact: He'd gone minus-2 over his last two games while getting off zero shots on goal, prompting coach Dave Tippett to sit him down for a couple. Fantasy owners, however, should view this outing with some skepticism, considering Erat's modest total of 21 points in 45 games this year.
News: Doan notched a pair of assists and went plus-2 in Tuesday's shootout loss to the Flyers.
Impact: Doan's posted multi-point efforts in three of his last six games, which adds up to two goals and six assists over that span -- sparkling production from the 38-year-old winger, who'd lagged offensively for much of the season before this stretch.
News: Smith stopped 39 of 42, but absorbed a 4-3 shootout loss Tuesday in Philadelphia.
Impact: A strong outing for Smith, but it still goes down as his sixth consecutive losing effort. Still, he's posted save marks of .900 or better in three of the last four games, so he's got something to build on.
News: Vitale left Tuesday's game against the Flyers in the second period with an upper-body injury and won't return.
Impact: Vitale saw just 4:39 of action, but even without the injury, that sort of workload isn't unusual for the bottom-six center. He'll be listed as day-to-day ahead of Thursday's game against the Maple Leafs until his team provides further updates on his condition.
News: Smith has been confirmed as the starter in goal for Tuesday's game against the Flyers, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports.
Impact: Smith will man the net for the Coyotes, while Ray Emery assumes the opposite crease for the Flyers. It's the first game of a five-city eastern road trip for the Coyotes, who actually sports a near-.500 record against the other conference (5-6-1) this season. The next week might present a rare opportunity to pick up wins for Smith, whose record sits at just 7-20-3 entering the second half.
News: Michalek (upper body) is expected to return to the lineup Tuesday against the Flyers, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports.
Impact: Michalek hasn't played since Jan. 17 due to the upper-body injury, but looks to be good to go after returning to practice Monday. The blueliner, who has seven points and a minus-4 rating in 42 games this season, will form a pairing with the more offensive-minded Oliver Ekman-Larsson on Tuesday.
News: Smith is projected to start Tuesday's game against the Flyers, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports.
Impact: After trading Devan Dubnyk to the Wild prior to the All-Star break, the Coyotes effectively committed to Smith as their No. 1 goalie for the rest of the season. While his usage should be heavier than most other netminders the rest of the way, it will be hard for fantasy owners to extract much value from Smith while he sits on a sub-.900 save percentage for the season. Ideally, he should be kept out of active lineups until he starts to notice some sustained success.