Mike Smith G PHO Nov 13 '78

Mike Smith didn't have his best night in his return to lineup as the Coyotes lost 4-3 in a shootout to the Stars on Friday.

Smith only faced 24 shots in his first start since Jan. 23. The Coyotes were a 1:34 from coming away with no points before Martin Hanzal tied it up to force overtime. There's no doubt Smith was a little rusty, so you can understand this performance. It'll be interesting to see if coach Dave Tippett turns to him tomorrow night when the Coyotes return home to play the Stars.

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