Louis Domingue isn’t having the best luck with shots from center ice. In the final game before the break, Dustin Byfuglien scored from the red line. In the first game back from the break, Dustin Brown found the net from center with a shot that bounced in.
Only three days ago, Arizona Coyotes netminder Louis Domingue was named the NHL’s rookie of the month. It was a fitting honor for the Coyotes goaltender, who has been stellar in his appearances with starting netminder Mike Smith on the shelf.
But for as good as Domingue has been, he may have to start scouting the opposition for Dustins. In Domingue’s final game before the all-star break, he squared off against the Winnipeg Jets and allowed Dustin Byfuglien to score on a blast from center ice. Those goals happen, though, and Domingue shook it off as well as he could. In fact, he probably wasn’t thinking about it all heading into Tuesday’s game against the Los Angeles Kings. Maybe he should have been, though.
In the second period against Los Angeles, Kings captain Dustin Brown was carrying the puck through the neutral zone and stepped across center ice before rifling a puck from the red line towards Domingue. As Domingue’s awful luck would have it, the puck bounced a few feet in front of him and completely changed course.
Brown’s goal was the Kings’ fourth of the period and put Domingue on a short leash going forward. When Brown struck again three minutes into the third frame, Domingue go the hook and didn’t complete the third period for the second consecutive game.
Granted Domingue has only played 18 games, so his statistics can fluctuate greatly due to one good or bad outing, but the past two games have really taken a toll on Domingue’s numbers. Prior to the game against Winnipeg, Domingue boasted a 2.08 goals-against average and .931 save percentage. Both have taken a serious dive following Tuesday’s game, as Domingue now has a 2.51 GAA and .918 SP.
The 23-year-old will have the chance to get his rookie campaign back on track, though. Smith is still likely to be sidelined for at least two more weeks. When Smith returns, it’s likely back to the AHL for Domingue, however, as the Coyotes will want him to see as much game action as possible.