Phoenix Coyotes: Mike Smith Sets NHL Record in Third Consecutive Shutout
The last goaltender in the world that NHL offenses want to see right now is Mike Smith.
Smith's scoreless streak now sits at 219 minutes, 59 seconds, which is roughly 11 periods of play.
The Kingston, Ontario native couldn't have picked a better time to play his best hockey as a professional. Phoenix currently sits seventh in the Western Conference, jockeying for playoff positioning with fellow Pacific Division teams, Los Angeles and San Jose.
Currently, the Kings and Coyotes are tied with 93 points, but Los Angeles holds the tiebreaker against Phoenix.
Both teams will attempt to stake their claim on the Pacific Division and a playoff berth as the Western Conference's third seed in their remaining two games.
In just his first season as a Coyote, Smith has appeared in 65 games, posting a 36-18-10 record. Prior to 2011-12, Smith spent time with the Dallas Stars (the team that originally drafted him in 2001) and Tampa Bay Lightning.
Smith signed with Phoenix prior to the 2011-12 season and his contract is good through the end of 2012-13, making him an unrestricted free agent when the deal expires.
Ryan O'Leary is a writer and researcher for Bleacher Report's Video Production Department with seven years experience in the sports industry.
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