Maloney also touched on the unspecified injury to goalie Mike Smith, who left early in Wednesday night's win over the Blue Jackets. The Coyotes called up goalie Chad Johnson from Portland before Thursday night's game on an emergency basis, and Maloney didn't deny the speculation that Smith has a lingering groin issue.
"It's really just a day-to-day, nagging injury," Maloney said. "You can probably guess. We don't get too specific on it, but it happened in warmups -- he had a little pull. We're optimistic he'll be back sooner rather than later, obviously. He's such an important player for us. We need him back up to speed.