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Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Phoenix Coyotes

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Dave Vest
The Coyotes and Pittsburgh Penguins both will play the second game of back-to-back games tonight when they square off against each other at Arena. The puck drops at 6 p.m. (Arizona time).

Phoenix lost 6-3 at Dallas on Friday night while Pittsburgh lost 3-2 at Anaheim. Because both teams arrived in Phoenix in the wee hours, neither club will have an official morning skate today.

Ilya Bryzgalov most likely will start in goal for the Coyotes (4-5-3) after playing just 25-plus minutes in Friday's loss. Pittsburgh backup Brent Johnson, who has a sparkling 5-1-1 record and a 1.70 goals-against average, could get the start for the Penguins after Marc-Andre Fleury played Friday.

Four members of the Penguins once played for the Coyotes: Johnson, center Mike Comrie, forward Mike Rupp and defenseman Zbynek Michalek, who played 393 games for Phoenix over five seasons.

"It will be different seeing him in another team's sweater," Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle said. "'Z" is a great guy and he deserves everything that he's got. I just kind of hope that he maybe lets me get a shot through."

Joking aside, the Coyotes will be looking to score more goals. Phoenix is averaging just 2.50 goals per game, which ranks 23rd among 30 NHL teams.

Captain Shane Doan suffered an injury near the end of the game and will not play tonight vs. Pittsburgh. He is considered week-to-week.

Meanwhile, Coyotes defenseman Ed Jovanovski is battling an illness and also will not play vs. Pittsburgh.

The Penguins, of course, are led by Sidney Crosby, who scored both goals in Friday's loss to the Ducks. Crosby ranks among the NHL's top-10 in goals (eight), points (17), power-play goals (four) and faceoff percentage (58.3).

After a solid start to the season, Pittsburgh (6-7-1) has lost five of its past six games.

"We need to be consistent," Crosby told reporters after Friday's loss. "... You can't make a habit of not giving yourself a chance (to win)."
Who's Hot
Coyotes left wing Lauri Korpikoski, who notched a goal and an assist in Friday's loss at Dallas, has scored three goals in the past four games.
Penguins center Sidney Crosby, who scored two goals on Friday in a 3-2 loss at Anaheim, ranks third in the NHL with 17 points.
Did You Know?
  • The Coyotes have hosted Pittsburgh 10 times since moving to Phoenix from Winnipeg in 1996. Phoenix has fared well in those games: six wins, two ties, one loss and one overtime loss.

  • Coyotes right wing Lee Stempniak and Penguins defenseman Ben Lovejoy were teammates at Dartmouth.
  • This game can be seen on Fox Sports Arizona Plus. Click here for more information. The game can be heard on XTRA Sports 910. A link to the radio broadcast will be provided at at 6 p.m.

“Not only are they great up front, but they've got a solid back end, so it's going to be a great test for our d-men... and a good test for our forwards trying to get some past their d-men. ”

• Keith Yandle

  Jordan Staal
  Shane Doan
  Ed Jovanovski
2010-2011 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Dec 20 '10 PHX 1 at PIT 6 E. Malkin
Nov 06 '10 PIT 4 at PHX 3 - SO M. Letestu
S. Crosby1591019+1940
K. Letang1531013+72601
E. Malkin144610-5201
A. Goligoski15369+6821
M. Letestu15448+2622
P. Martin15178+4200
M. Cooke15347+01900
C. Kunitz15347-21520
P. Dupuis14426+41201
T. Kennedy15325+0900
M. Comrie14055-41300
C. Adams13134+1700
M. Talbot15213+0600
M. Rupp15123+12000
E. Tangradi9112-1600
B. Lovejoy11022+42000
A. Asham6022+1600
Z. Michalek6022-5400
D. Engelland14011-64000
B. Orpik9011-2400
A. Hutchinson5011-3600
E. Godard5000+2900
B. Johnson86-1-1132281.63.943
M. Fleury81-6-0251703.55.853
E. Jovanovski11369+41211
L. Stempniak13448+2010
E. Belanger13358-3210
W. Wolski11167-3000
R. Vrbata13426+3400
K. Yandle13246-82210
K. Turris9325-3000
A. Aucoin13055+71000
R. Whitney11055+0600
S. Upshall13314-1601
L. Korpikoski13314-1201
S. Lepisto9213+1400
T. Pyatt13123+0800
S. Doan9123-52510
M. Hanzal7123+41000
O. Ekman-Larsson12033+31200
D. Morris10112-6410
A. Ebbett6101+1201
V. Fiddler13011+01700
P. Prucha7011+2400
D. Schlemko10000-3600
P. Bissonnette5000+11000
I. Bryzgalov124-2-4323812.83.916
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