Mike Smith G PHO 12 Days

Smith will be in the crease Thursday against the Jets, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports.

Signed to a six-year, $34 million contract last June, Smith probably didn't meet the team's expectations in his first season under the long-term deal, as his 27-21-10 record and .915 save percentage prior to suffering a season-ending injury weren't quite good enough to push the Coyotes to the playoffs. With Arizona electing not to make any sweeping changes to its average offense over the summer, it looks like the pressure will lie squarely on Smith if the Coyotes hope to return to the Western Conference Finals, a feat they accomplished in 2012.

Mike Smith G PHO 16 Days

Smith stopped 31 of 33 shots he faced Friday in a preseason loss to San Jose.

Smith is healthy and looks to be ready to go for the regular season. He will carry a big load as usual for Arizona as he tries to improve on a mediocre 2013-14.

Mike Smith G PHO 21 Days

Smith stopped 23 of 25 shots he faced in a pre-season win over the Canucks on Monday. He played all 60 minutes in the victory.

Smith appears to be fully recovered from an MCL injury suffered late last season. He is one of the keys to the Coyotes making it back to the playoffs after two straight years falling short.

Mike Smith G PHO 6 Months

Mike Smith is confident that he can rebound after an up-and-down season.

Smith ended up with a 2.64 GAA and .915 save percentage in 62 games this season. "I think I learned a lot about myself this year going through that again," Smith said. "To have success and then to be able to keep that was a challenge, and I think I found a way out of it this year and obviously I'll learn from that and be a better goalie because of it." He comes with an average annual cap hit of $5,666,667 through 2018-19.

Mike Smith G PHO 6 Months

Mike Smith sustained an MCL sprain to his right knee back on March 24 that sidelined him for the last 10 games of the regular season.

He was initially projected to be out of action for two to four weeks, so he should get clearance shortly. Unfortunately, his injury came at a bad time for the Coyotes, as they were battling for a playoff spot down the stretch and came up just short of earning the final wild card spot in the Western Conference.

Mike Smith G PHO 6 Months

Mike Smith (knee) is unlikely to play on Sunday.

Smith has been out three weeks and it coincided with the Coyotes current seven game losing streak that knocked them out of the playoffs. "I've had that injury before and for a skater or a guy out, you might be able to get away with it," coach Dave Tippett said. "But he's been practicing with a brace on, and he looks normal in there. But there's a couple movements he can't do, and I know where that comes from. It just grabs you and bites you. You can't get in the game and function that way and especially in that position. A forward might be able to get away with it. A goalie you're not going to get away with it." Smith will finish the season with a 27-21-10 record to go with a 2.64 GAA and a .915 save percentage. Look for Smith to improve on those numbers next season.

Mike Smith G PHO 6 Months

Mike Smith (leg) took part in Wednesday's practice, but he appeared to leave the ice in frustration.

Smith's availability for Thursday's game is still in doubt. If he's frustrated, that would be understandable given that the Coyotes are in a tight race against the Dallas Stars for the final Wild Card spot while he's forced to allow his leg to heal.

Mike Smith G PHO 7 Months

Mike Smith (leg) participated in a full practice on Monday.

This is good news for the Coyotes as they have lost their last four games and while has been out two weeks, Phoenix has slipped out of the playoffs. He is questionable for Tuesday's game but with three games remaining after that, Smith could find himself back between the pipes this week.

Mike Smith G PHO 7 Months

Mike Smith (leg) was on the ice prior to the Coyotes' practice on Monday.

Smith still isn't close to returning as he won't be re-evaluated until the weekend. He has a 2.64 GAA and .915 save percentage in 62 games in 2013-14.

Mike Smith G PHO 7 Months

Mike Smith (lower body) will be re-evaluated in one week.

Coach Dave Tippett said that Smith's lower-body injury isn't as serious the team originally thought. Thomas Greiss will continue to fill in during Smith's absence.