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Karel Vejmelka stopped 22-of-24 shots during a 2-1 loss to Winnipeg. The loss was the ninth straight for the Coyotes.
This season in 32 games, Vejmelka has a record of 11-16-4 with a 3.33 GAA and a .902 SV%. He has not won a game yet in 2023 with his last victory coming on Dec. 29 vs Toronto.
Karel Vejmelka struggled between the pipes for the Coyotes Thursday, allowing six goals on 53 shots faced in the Coyotes' 6-2 loss to the Penguins.
Vejmelka will have the unenviable task of playing behind an extremely suspect blueline in an attempt to give Coyotes fans something to cheer about this season. The 26-year-old still finished with a solid 3.68 GAA in 49 starts in net last season and fantasy owners should expect more of the same this season if forced to use the netminder.
Arizona Coyotes goaltender Karel Vejmelka will start Thursday's season opener versus the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Vejmelka was hit or miss last season, delivering some brilliant efforts while laying some eggs as well. He's hardly to blame behind one of the worst teams in the NHL, but his 3.68 GAA and .898 Sv% from a season ago doesn't inspire much fantasy confidence heading into the 2022-23 season.
Vejmelka stopped 36-of-40 shots-on-goal for a .900 save-percentage in the 4-3 loss.
The Coyotes have just two wins since the trade deadline and can be expected to not win many more down the stretch. Advise extreme caution from a fantasy perspective, especially from goalkeeping, as the team has surrendered 72 goals since March 22nd. Vejmelka moves to 12-31-3 after the overtime loss and now owns a .899 save-percentage with a 3.67 goals-against-average.
The goalkeeper was very solid outside of the first goal he surrendered in the game, just 1:15 into play to Dylan Strome. Vejmelka shutdown the Blackhawks offense for the next 34-minutes of play until Patrick Kane found the equalizer on a power-play goal to send the game to overtime, but the Coyotes prevailed on a Shayne Gostisbehere goal 4:45 into the overtime period to send the team off with a 3-2 road win.
Vejmelka stopped 29-of-31 shots-on-goal for a .935 save-percentage. The goalkeeper picked up the overtime win with just 0:15 left to play. Next up for the Coyotes will be a road matchup with the St. Louis Blues, who are just 6-9 since the start of March.