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Analyzing Scott Wedgewood Through 3 Games

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NHL: Arizona Coyotes at Washington Capitals Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Coyotes haven’t had the best start to their season. They’re 2-12-2, and have boasted a 24th ranked 48.83 CF%. The Coyotes have a 6th worst save percentage, exposed by the struggles of Adin Hill and Louis Domingue, thanks to an injury to Antti Raanta’s lower-body injury. The Coyotes’ saw sub-par goaltending prompted general manager John Chayka to acquire Scott Wedgewood from the New Jersey Devils for a 2018 fifth round pick.

The 25 year-old Wedgwood has shown some success in the AHL, and his short stint of four games with the New Jersey Devils in 15/16 showed that he might be capable.

In just three games, Wedgewood has proved that he’s capable. He started both games of a back to back (against the Philadelphia Flyers and Detroit Red Wings), stopping 63 of 70 shots for a .900 save percentage at all situations. Despite a record of 1-1-1, Wedgewood has tracked the puck well, from the anticipation of deflected shots and smooth lateral movement.

Wedgewood’s abilities will likely keep him as a capable backup or a tandem goalie with Antti Raanta this season. The Coyotes now have two strong goalies moving forward, and the performances from Raanta and Wedgewood really helps with the Coyotes staying in one-goal games, as they hope to be a competitive team.