The Arizona Coyotes announced today that Mike Smith underwent successful surgery today in Philadelphia, battling a core muscle injury.
Update: Mike Smith had a core muscle injury. He underwent successful surgery today. Estimated 8-10 weeks recovery. pic.twitter.com/IdMbIvqWhn— Yotes (@ArizonaCoyotes) December 15, 2015
Smitty will be sidelined for around 8-10 weeks, dealing with problems on the abdominal area that he started experiencing earlier in the season.
Despite the fact that Smith's numbers have not been spectacular so far (.901 save percentage - 3.06 goals against per game) his absence will be a huge blow for the Coyotes. While backup goalie Anders Lindback has been decent in front of the net so far with quite similar stats to Smith (.900 save percentage - 2.92 goals against per game), it is unclear if he can be a solid starter in Smith's long absence.
Don Maloney said in a press conference earlier that he hopes Smith can be back soon, but has also been happy with Lindback's play so far. He also said that the Coyotes may consider the possibility of trading for a goalie after seeing what's out there in the market. For now, Louis Domingue will be the backup goalie, and there is a good chance that he will get some playing time.
You can watch Maloney's press conference regarding the injury here: