The biggest factor of the Phoenix Coyotes missing the playoffs in 2014 was the loss of star goalie , Mike Smith, to an MCL tear in his knee which caused him to miss the last ten games of the season.
The good news for Coyotes fans is that Smith says the knee is now ‘100 percent healthy‘.
“Everything is good, everything is healed up 100 percent,” Smith told the Coyotes website Wednesday. “This past couple of weeks I’ve really felt I’ve kind of gotten over the hump and felt better about myself. I got back into the gym this week and I’m feeling good and strong, and I’m looking forward to a new season.”
The injury, a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee, was suffered against the New York Rangers on March 24. Smith didn’t play again and the Coyotes went 3-4-3 in the last ten games, causing the Coyotes to miss the playoffs for the second straight year.