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Arizona Coyotes blow into Pittsburgh looking for third win of the season.

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The Coyotes looked good against the Capitals, can they put together a full 60 against the Pens?

NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins at Arizona Coyotes Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

The Coyotes are back at it tonight after long game against the Washington Capitals, that left the Coyotes with a pity point.

This year’s Pittsburgh Penguins seem to be suffering from a Stanley Cup Hangover. Can the Coyotes pounce and take two points from the defending champions?

Coyotes V Pens Stats

Stats Arizona Coyotes Pittsburgh Penguins
Stats Arizona Coyotes Pittsburgh Penguins
Points 6 (8th in Pacific) 18 (3rd in Metro)
Goals For 26 (17th) 19 (T-29th)
Goals Against 40 (30th) 43 (31st)
Power Play 15.1 (23rd) 28.8 (T-2nd)
Penalty Kill 73.8 (28th) 81.3 (T-13th)
5v5 Corsi For % 55.51 (23rd) 50 (15th)
Shooting % 6.64 (24th) 9.27 (11th)
PDO 97.32 (27th) 93.29 (31st)

View From Pittsburgh

For more information on the Penguins and their preview go to Pensburgh

The Pittsburgh Penguins are off to a rough start. They have a worse goal differential than the Arizona Coyotes.

Let that sink in for a moment.

The Penguins have been victim of bad back-up goaltending allowing 5 or more goals five times. This also counts the 10-1 loss to Chicago, the 7-1 loss to Tampa Bay and 7-1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets.

They are missing a key piece to their blueline (No, Kris Letang isn’t hurt again...) and seem to have settled on Tristian Jarry as their backup goaltender (for now.)

They have lost their last two games and have been struggling to score more than 2 goals in seven of their last 10 games.

View From Arizona

The Coyotes are coming off of a heartbreaking overtime loss, where Scott Wedgewood was able to steal them a point. Antti Raanta will get the start against Pittsburgh, a team he knows well from playing with the New York Rangers.

This will be Rick Tocchet’s first time back to Pittsburgh since leaving this summer. He will receive his third Stanley Cup ring while the Yotes are in town.

Clayton Keller continues to wow and amaze with each shift, let’s see what he can do against the Penguins defense.

Three Questions

Can the kids hang with the Champs?

I think they can. Pittsburgh lost a lot of pieces in the offseason and have been struggling. I think the kids can show their skills against an equally fast team.

Clayton Keller. Will he score again?

I think the question is actually how long into the game will it take for Keller to score again.

Will the defense stop pinching in bad places?

Oliver Ekman-Larsson has had two bad plays in two games that caused two direct goals. He needs to be better, especially since he will most likely be lining up against Sidney Crosby.

Players to Watch

Arizona: Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Clayton Keller.

Pittsburgh: Jake Guentzel - Can he continue the pace he was on last year?

Injury Report


Niklas Hjalmarsson is still out with an upper-body and per Tocchet will not play on this trip.

Jakob Chychrun continues to rehab his knee injury and is not on the trip.


Justin Schultz is still on IR but has been cleared for contact after his concussion.

Matt Hunwick is still out on IR with a concussion but has also been cleared for contact.

Carter Rowney is on IR due to a hand injury he received during the Oct. 21st game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Puck Drop

You can catch the game at 5 pm Arizona time (thank you no Daylight Savings) on Fox Sports Arizona and on the Fox Sports Go App. You can hear the game on the radio on ESPN 620.