Monday, March 5, 2012

Penguins Game Day 65 - vs. Phoenix Coyotes

Phoeniz Coyotes

7:00 p.m., CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

The Penguins ride in on a five game winning streak and will welcome back winger Tyler Kennedy who has missed some games with a high ankle sprain. To say that Kennedy's season has been a disappointment would be fair so hopefully he can bust out and play better than he did earlier in the season.

At one time Phoenix was a stomping mat for teams to play against but over the past couple of years they have really go their game today and now sit in third place in the Western Conference with 75 points and 33 wins. They are a strong defensive team that has given up only 165 goals on the season which is two less than the Penguins in one more game.

The Penguins have had some unreal secondary scoring in recent games and if they can continue to do that then they will be alright in this game but this should be a chess match type of contest where one mistake could mean the difference in a win or a loss.

The last meeting:

December 20, 2010 - Pittsburgh 6, Phoenix 1

The Penguins probables (via Empty Netters):

Chris Kunitz - Evgeni Malkin - James Neal
Steve Sullivan - Jordan Staal - Pascal Dupuis
Matt Cooke - Joe Vitale - Tyler Kennedy
Richard Park - Craig Adams - Arron Asham

Brooks Orpik - Zbynek Michalek
Matt Niskanen - Paul Martin
Brian Strait - Ben Lovejoy

Marc Andre Fleury

The Coyotes probables (via Empty Netters):

Ray Whitney - Martin Hanzal - Radim Vrbata
Lauri Korpikoski - Antoine Vermette - Shane Doan
Raffi Torres - Daymond Langkow - Gilbert Brule
Taylor Pyatt - Boyd Gordon - Mikkel Boedkker

Michal Rozsival - Oliver Ekman-Larsson
Keith Yandle - Adrian Aucoin
Chris Summers - David Rundblad

Mike Smith

The stats:

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