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Coyotes' Karel Vejmelka: Pulled in season finale

Vejmelka allowed four goals on six shots in Friday's 5-4 win over the Predators. Vejmelka was pulled after the fourth goal, and Harri Sateri backstopped the Coyotes to a remarkable comeback win. This was a tough end to the year for Vejmelka, who closes his rookie season with a 13-32-3 record, a 3.68 GAA and an .898 save percentage through 52 appearances. He enters 2022-23 as the Coyotes' presumptive starter, though they'll likely struggle again in another year of rebuilding.
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Coyotes' Karel Vejmelka: Tending twine Friday

Vejmelka will get the starting nod at home against Nashville on Friday. Vejmelka stopped 35 of 38 shots in a win over the Wild on Tuesday, snapping an 0-5-1 skid over his previous seven outings. The rookie netminder is sporting a 3.60 GAA and a .900 save percentage with a 13-32-3 record this season. He's 0-2-0 with an .849 save percentage against the Predators.
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Coyotes' Karel Vejmelka: Stops 35 in win

Vejmelka stopped 35 of 38 shots in Tuesday's 5-3 win over the Wild. Vejmelka was excellent against a Wild team that had scored five or more goals in five of the previous six games. It was the first win in eight starts for the 25-year-old netminder, who now has a 12-32-3 record on the season with a .900 save percentage. With Harri Sateri getting the start Wednesday, Vejmelka will likely be back in net Friday for the season finale against Nashville.
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Coyotes' Karel Vejmelka: Gets starting nod

Vejmelka will start between the pipes in Tuesday's road game versus the Wild, Arizona Coyotes Insider Craig Morgan reports. Vejmelka was sharp in his last start Friday against the Capitals, stopping 27 of 28 shots, but he ultimately came away with a loss due to a complete lack of goal support from his teammates. He'll try to snap his personal six-game losing streak in an unfavorable road matchup with a red-hot Wild team that's won five straight contests.
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Coyotes' Karel Vejmelka: Takes hard-luck loss

Vejmelka allowed one goal on 28 shots in Friday's 2-0 loss to the Capitals. The second goal was an empty-netter. Vejmelka had his best game of the month, but the Coyotes didn't give him any support. In his last seven outings, the 25-year-old goalie has gone 0-5-1 with 30 goals allowed. He's still the No. 1 option in net, as Harri Sateri has struggled since joining the Coyotes. Vejmelka owns a 12-32-3 record with a 3.61 GAA and a .900 save percentage through 50 contests. It'll be Sateri in goal for Saturday's tough home game versus the Blues.
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Coyotes' Karel Vejmelka: Gets starting nod

Vejmelka will patrol the crease during Friday's home game versus the Capitals, Arizona Coyotes Insider Craig Morgan reports. Vejmelka was a little shaky in his last start Wednesday against Chicago, surrendering four goals on 40 shots en route to a 4-3 overtime defeat. He'll try to snap his personal five-game losing streak in a tough home matchup with a Washington team that's averaging 3.58 goals per game on the road this year, fourth in the NHL.
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Coyotes' Karel Vejmelka: Stops 36 in overtime loss

Vejmelka stopped 36 of 40 shots in Wednesday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Blackhawks. Vejmelka faced a heavy volume of shots again en route to a fifth consecutive start without a win. It's tough to put much of the blame on Vejmelka, who's made 32 or more saves in four of the five losses. The 25-year-old netminder now has a 12-31-3 record on the season with a .899 save percentage.
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Coyotes' Karel Vejmelka: Gets starting nod

Vejmelka will guard the home goal during Wednesday's matchup with Chicago, Arizona Coyotes Insider Craig Morgan reports. Vejmelka was tested early and often in his last start Monday against the Hurricanes, and he ultimately wasn't up to the task surrendering five goals on 51 shots en route to a 5-3 loss. He'll try to get back in the win column in a favorable home matchup with a free-falling Blackhawks team that's lost nine of its last 10 games.
CHICAGO, IL
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Coyotes' Karel Vejmelka: 45 saves in loss

Vejmelka allowed five goals on 50 shots in Monday's 5-3 loss to Carolina. Vejmelka did his part to keep the game close, facing a barrage from Carolina, but Arizona was unable to overcome a 51-26 shot deficit. It's the fifth-consecutive losing decision for the 25-year-old goaltender. Vejmelka has looked good at times in his rookie season, but wins remain hard to come by in Arizona. His record falls to 12-31-2 on the season, with a .899 save percentage.
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Coyotes' Karel Vejmelka: In goal against Canes

Vejmelka will be between the pipes at home versus Carolina on Monday, Jose M. Romero of The Arizona Republic reports. Vejmelka is winless in his last four outings, as he has posted an 0-3-0 record and abysmal 6.79 GAA. Given his underwhelming supporting cast, the 25-year-old Czech shouldn't be expected to pick up too many wins down the stretch.
GLENDALE, AZ
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Coyotes' Karel Vejmelka: Plays part of second period

Vejmelka allowed two goals on 10 shots in Saturday's 9-1 loss to the Flames. Vejmelka relieved Harri Sateri after the latter allowed four goals in a span of 2:33 early in the second period. Vejmelka finished the frame, but Sateri returned to the crease in the third to close out the game. The result didn't go on Vejmelka's line -- he remains at 12-30-2 with a 3.64 GAA and an .898 save percentage through 47 contests. The Coyotes have another tough matchup next, as they'll host the Hurricanes on Monday.
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Coyotes' Karel Vejmelka: Pulled in loss

Vejmelka allowed six goals on 22 shots in Thursday's 7-1 loss to the Canucks. Vejmelka lasted only two periods before head coach Andre Tourigny inserted Harri Sateri for the final 20 minutes. Vejmelka has now given up a half-dozen goals in each of his last three appearances -- it's possible the 25-year-old rookie is running out of steam late in the season. He's down to 12-30-2 with a 3.62 GAA and an .899 save percentage in 46 outings. The Coyotes' next game is a tough one Saturday versus the Flames.
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Coyotes' Karel Vejmelka: Starting in Vancouver

Vejmelka will defend the blue paint during Thursday's road game against the Canucks, Jose M. Romero of The Arizona Republic reports. Vejmelka has struggled recently, suffering back-to-back losses to the Golden Knights and the Devils while posting an ugly 6.00 GAA and .844 save percentage. He'll try to get back on track and secure his 13th win of the season in a road matchup with a hot Vancouver team that's won four straight contests.
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Coyotes' Karel Vejmelka: Sloppy in loss

Vejmelka allowed six goals on 38 shots in Tuesday's 6-2 loss to the Devils. This was the second straight game Vejmelka has allowed a half-dozen goals. The Czech netminder allowed the Devils to score twice in the final minute of the second period after Nick Schmaltz tied the game at 2-2. Vejmelka's at 12-29-2 with a 3.53 GAA and a .902 save percentage in 45 appearances as the Coyotes' primary goalie. He could yield a few starts to Harri Sateri down the stretch.
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Coyotes' Karel Vejmelka: Tending twine against Devils

Vejmelka will defend the cage for Tuesday's home clash with New Jersey, Arizona Coyotes Insider Craig Morgan reports. Vejmelka is 2-6-1 with a 3.92 GAA in his last nine contests and has given up at least two goals in each of those outings. On the year, the 25-year-old netminder is 12-28-2 in 44 appearances and could enter the 2022-23 campaign as the presumptive No. 1 option between the pipes.
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Coyotes' Karel Vejmelka: Yields half-dozen Saturday

Vejmelka surrendered six goals on 39 shots in Saturday's 6-1 loss to the Golden Knights. Vejmelka gave up six goals for the first time since Jan. 25 in this lopsided loss. The 25-year-old has had better performances this year, but he's still been just okay behind a mediocre team. He's at 12-28-2 with a 3.47 GAA and a .903 save percentage in 44 games. Vejmelka and Harri Sateri are expected to share the goaltending duties for the remainder of the season.
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Coyotes' Karel Vejmelka: Starting in Sin City

Vejmelka will guard the road goal during Saturdays matchup with Vegas, Jose M. Romero of The Arizona Republic reports. Vejmelka was rock solid in his last start Sunday against the Blackhawks, turning aside 29 of 31 shots en route to a 3-2 win. He'll try to pick up his 13th victory of the year in a road matchup with a Golden Knights team that's averaging 3.30 goals per game at home this year, 13th in the NHL.
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Coyotes' Karel Vejmelka: Notches overtime win

Vejmelka allowed two goals on 31 shots in Sunday's 3-2 overtime win over the Blackhawks. This was Vejmelka's second win in three outings. The 25-year-old netminder continues to serve as the Coyotes' top option in net. He has a 12-27-2 record, a 3.40 GAA and a .905 save percentage through 43 contests. Ivan Prosvetov will start Monday versus the Blues, but Vejmelka should be back in goal Thursday against the Canucks.
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Coyotes' Karel Vejmelka: Starting in Chicago

Vejmelka will start Sunday's game in Chicago, Arizona Coyotes Insider Craig Morgan reports. Vejmelka has been as busy a netminder as any recently, starting the last seven games. He's a dreadful 1-5-1 with a 3.94 GAA and .898 save percentage over that span, making him a quantity-over-quality fantasy option between the pipes. The opposing Blackhawks sit 26th overall with an average 2.64 goals for this season and have lost four in a row.
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Early struggles for goalie Karel Vejmelka, who is pulled in Coyotes' loss to Ducks

Everything just seemed a bit off for the Coyotes on Friday night against the Anaheim Ducks.  It started with the planned hat giveaway for a few thousand early-arriving fans on Los Yotes Night, the team's salute to the Latino community. There were no hats to hand out, however, as the team announced a global supply issue related to COVID-19 as the reason the items were not yet available.  ...
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