A preview of the Coyotes.
Leading Scorer: Olli Jokinen, 7 points (1 goal, 6 assists).
Last Game: 4-1 home loss to the Flames Saturday.
Last Game against the Penguins: 3-1 loss at Pittsburgh Dec. 3, 2007.
Coyotes Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Steve Reinprecht. He has sevens points in just as many games against the Penguins over the course of his career.
Ex-Penguins: Daniel Carcillo, LW (former Penguins prospect), Ulf Samuelsson, assistant coach.
Useless Jets Trivia: Jeremy Roenick is the highest ranked player on the Coyote's career scoring list who never spent time with the franchise when it was in Winnipeg. His 379 points rank with the franchise are the eighth most all-time.
Best Jets YouTube Video We Could Find: We've posted this before, but this video from the final regular season game in Jets history sure makes Winnipeg Arena seem like it was an amazing old-fashioned barn to watch hockey in:
-No live blog tonight. We're stuck in the office. We'll have a recap ready for Friday morning.
-Michel Therrien changed his lines again. Is this really news anymore? A headline involving Michel Therrien changing his underwear would be more newsworthy to us at this point.
-Pascal Dupuis is questionable with an undisclosed injury.
-The Coyotes have changed their lines too.
-We're going to predict a fight between Carcillo (right) and Paul Bissonnette. Carcillo didn't exactly leave the Penguins' organization under the best of terms and something tells us he would like a crack at a guy who in his weight class and more than willing to drop the gloves.
-New Coyotes defenseman Ken Klee is ecstatic over his opportunity with Phoenix.
-Apparently tickets are still available for this game. What a joke of a hockey market.
-Phoenix demoted forward Enver Lisin to San Antonio of the AHL.
-Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky likes the work ethic of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.
-Gretzky wants more offense from his defensemen.
-The league will offer a free preview of its Gamecenter package tonight. You should be able to watch tonight's game through that platform assuming you live outside the Pittsburgh and Phoenix markets.
EMPTY NETTER ASSISTS
-Contrary to popular belief, the Penguins have actually won some games this season.
-What's up with Jordan Staal?
-Versus is already promoting some minor non-conference game for the Penguins on Nov. 11:
-Goaltender John Curry is set
to make his season debut for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
-The Pirate Parrot apparently accused Iceburgh of wanting to spread the wealth:
-Forbes ranked the Penguins as the 18th most valuable team in the NHL.
-The Confluence of The Three Rivers has moved over to Kukla's Korner's stable of blogs. It is now called simply, The Confluence.
-We don't like linking to the New York Post all that often, but this story has quotes from the source. Former Rangers forward Brendan Shanahan (right) has told his agent to accept any inquiries for his services. The free agent has basically been waiting for the Rangers to make him an offer. He had 23 goals last season playing for a team that struggled to find chemistry among its forwards. He can still play.
-New Jersey forward Patrik Elias is fine after taking a puck to the face last night.
-Forward Matt Halischuk was already the fourth rookie to make his NHL debut with the Devils this season.
-The Devils signed 2006 second-round pick Alexander Vasyunov.
-The Rangers are having problems with the power play.
-The Rangers demoted forward Lauri Korpikoski to Hartford of the AHL.
-Forward Glen Metropolit has given the Flyers' top line a boost.
-Shootout goals by Nicklas Hagman and Tomas Kaberle gave the Maple Leafs a 6-5 win at New Jersey. This was one of two amazing games in the NHL last night. There were more than a few lead changes and plenty of up-and-down hockey. Matt Stajan added two goals and an assist for the Maple Leafs who managed to put 48 shots on goal.
-Check out Hagman's goal and the snow he sprayed on Martin Brodeur:
Check out this hit Toronto defenseman Jeff Finger had that popped New Jersey forward Dainius Zubrus into the bench:
-Jarkko Ruutu not impressed:
-Sabres forward Adam Mair was fined $2,500 by the NHL for confronting Senators forward Jarkko Ruutu off the ice.
-Senators goaltender Brian Elliott was demoted to Binghamton of the AHL.
-There's apparently a controversy over the Senators' theme music. You can't hear it over Bryan Murray's whining. We think.
-The Alex Tanguay experiment is working out so far in Montreal.
-Several Panthers employees were laid off.
-Florida forwards Gregory Campbell (hip flexor) and Stephen Weiss (groin) are dealing with injuries.
-Lightning goaltender Olaf Kolzig considered retiring after last season. In other news, Olaf Kolzig has apparently still been an active NHL player the past few seasons.
-Check out this cool Nike commercial with Lightning rookie forward Steven Stamkos:
-After getting romped by the Flyers Tuesday, Thrashers coach John Anderson took his team to task.
-Red Wings coach Mike Babcock (right) said the Sharks are the best team in the Western Conference.
-Predators goaltenders Dan Ellis and Pekka Rinne have the least combined experience in the NHL among any pairing of netminders in the NHL.
-Blues forward Andy McDonald might be the best bargain in the NHL.
-For the first time in NHL history, brothers will face each other as the captains of their respective teams. Mikko Koivu's Wild will play host to Saku Koivu's Canadiens tonight. Something tells us Don Cherry is holding down vomit over the idea of two Europeans setting this precedent.
-Wild forward Cal Clutterbuck is wasting a lot of money parking his car in Houston.
-Minnesota forward Andrew Brunette has played in 460 consecutive games. (The article is a little dated. He played in Game No. 461 last night.)
-Avalanche forward Marek Svatos is having trouble finding the net.
-Colorado defenseman Adam Foote makes his return to Columbus where he didn't leave under the best of circumstances.
-This was the other fantastic game in the league last night. Francois Beauchemin's (above, left) overtime goal gave the Ducks a 5-4 win against the Red Wings. This game had almost as much up-and-down action as the Devils-Maple Leafs game, and it was really intense. You would've thought these two teams were playing the Western Conference final, which they might be come May. Ryan Getzlaf assisted on all of Anheim's goals while teammate Teemu Selanne recorded his 21st career hat trick. Marian Hossa had two assists for Detroit. Fire Ray Shero.
-Brad Richards had a goal and an assist for the Stars in a 4-2 defeat of the Wild. Prior to this game, Minnesota was the last team without a regulation loss this season.
-A.J. Perez of USA Today had an interesting Q&A with Ducks goon and Washington, Pa. native George Parros.
-Stars forward Sean Avery says facial hair is in. For guys that is.
-The return of Stars defenseman and former Penguin Sergei Zubov will be delayed one day due to a technicality.
-Sharks coach Todd McLellan meets his former boss, Red Wings coach Mike Babcock, tonight.
-Who scheduled the Ducks and Sharks on back-to-back nights for the Red Wings by the way? Were the 1981 Islanders and 1987 Oilers unavailable?
-The NHL moved the trade deadline back from March. 3 to March. 4.
-Jeff Marek of the CBC debunks the myth of the alleged "Gordie Howe Hat Trick."
(Photos: Carcillo-Tim Sharp/Associated Press; Shanahan-Jim McIsaac/Getty Images; Babcock-Carlos Osorio/Associated Press; Beauchemin-Christian Petersen/Getty Images)