Arizona Coyotes Anders Lindback Impressive In First Start

Arizona Coyotes Backup Goaltender Anders Lindback Looked Impressive In His First Start With The Team.

The Arizona Coyotes finally gave starting goaltender Mike Smith the night off on October 24, 2015. That meant it was Anders Lindback’s time to shine with his new team. Lindback is the new face on the bench after the carousal of backup goalies last season. Those backups included the talents of Devan Dubnyk, Mike McKenna, and Louis Domingue. 

Lindback was signed on to the Arizona Coyotes team on July 1, 2015. The deal was for one year and $875,000. It looked as if the one year deal was an indication of giving Louis Domingue more time to develop with the AHL-affiliate Springfield Falcons. However, in his first start, Lindback proved that he should stick around a little longer.

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Mike Smith has started out the season with phenomenal play so fans began to wonder when Anders Lindback would get his chance. The Arizona Coyotes were in the middle of a five game road trip when he would finally get the call. After a disappointing loss to the New York Rangers, the Coyotes would make the decision to start Lindback against the Ottawa Senators that next game.

Arizona Coyotes @ Ottawa Senators (10/24/15):

Anders Lindback looked calm and cool in net against the Senators. Lindback would face 36 shots and stop all but one. His efforts last Saturday would name him the first star of the game. Anders Lindback would finish with a .972 save percentage, along with his 1.00 goals against average. 

Lindback is eager for more starts in the future and describes this game as one to build off of. He praises teammates for their play in front and credits them for the lack of rebound chances for the Ottawa Senators. Lindback knows that every point this season matters and will push his game to the next level with every start he is given.

Anders Lindback has been shipped around the league numerous times in his six seasons as a professional goaltender. He was drafted 207th overall in the seventh round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by the Nashville Predators. Since then, he has played for the Tampa Bay Lightning, Dallas Stars, and Buffalo Sabres before landing in the desert with the Arizona Coyotes.

The Swedish goaltender has played in 113 career games with the five teams he has been with. He has posted a career save percentage of .906 and a career goals against average of 2.81 as well. With the Arizona Coyotes, Anders Lindback is 1-1-0 with a .954 SV% and 1.31 GAA.