About the Coyotes - 11-06-10

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Coyotes.

When and where: 9 p.m., Arena.

TV: FSN Pittsburgh, FSN Arizona.

Record: 4-5-3, 11 points. The Coyotes are in 14th place in the Western Conference and last place in the Pacific Division.

Leading Scorer: Ed Jovanovski, 9 points (3 goals, 6 assists).

Last Game: 6-3 road loss to the Stars, last night. Lauri Korpikoski had a goal and an assist for the Coyotes.

Last Game against the Penguins: 3-0 road win, Oct. 7, 2009. Brent Johnson made 22 saves for the Penguins.

Coyotes Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: The parade of traditional Penguins killers continues as the Penguins face Ray Whitney (right). He has 46 points in 41 career games against the Penguins.

Ex-Penguins on the Coyotes: Paul Bissonnette, LW; Ulf Samuelsson, assistant coach; Dave Tippett, head coach.

Ex-Coyotes on the Penguins: Mike Comrie, C; Brent Johnson, G; Zbynek Michalek, D; Todd Reirden, assistant coach; Mike Rupp, C.

Useless Jets/Coyotes Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: Former Penguins forward Willy "The Wisp" Lindstrom, led the Jets in game-winning goal (4) during their first NHL season, 1979-80.

Best Coyotes Video We Could Find: This might blow your mind. Two of the toughest former Penguins - Rick Tocchet, then of the Coyotes, and Gary Roberts, then of the Hurricanes - going toe to toe:

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Probable goaltenders: This is a heck of a question given that both teams played last night. Since Marc-Andre Fleury (1-6-0, 3.32 GAA, .861 SV%) started last night, we'll guess Brent Johnson (5-1-1, 1.71 GAA, .941 GAA) for the Penguins. Since, Ilya Bryzgalov (4-2-3, 2.83 GAA, .916 SV%) started last night but was pulled in favor of Jason LaBarbera (0-3-0, 4.74 GAA, .868 SV%) early in the second period, all signs point towards Bryzgalov for the Coyotes.

Injuries: For the Penguins, forward Jordan Staal (hand) and defenseman Alex Grant (wrist) are on injured reserve. For the Coyotes, they are reporting no injuries.

Potential lines and defensive pairings:

-The Penguins' primary lines and defensive pairings in last night's game in Anaheim were:

Chris Kunitz - Sidney Crosby - Pascal Dupuis
Matt Cooke - Evgeni Malkin - Tyler Kennedy
Arron Asham  - Mark Letestu - Maxime Talbot
Mike Rupp - Craig Adams - Mike Comrie

Deryk Engelland - Brooks Orpik
Paul Martin - Kris Letang
Alex Goligoski - Zbynek Michalek

-The Coyotes' primary lines and defensive pairings in last night's game against the Stars were:

Ray Whitney - Martin Hanzal - Radim Vrbata
Scottie Upshall - Eric Belanger - Shane Doan
Taylor Pyatt - Vernon Fiddler - Lee Stempniak
Wojtek Wolski - Lauri Korpikoski - Paul Bissonnette

Ed Jovanovski - Sami Lepisto
Keith Yandle - Derek Morris
Adrian Aucoin - David Schlemko


-If they can't score a power play goal against Phoenix, the Penguins should just fold the franchise. The Coyotes gave up four power play goals to the Stars last night.

-Paul Bissonnette, Taco Bell pitchman:

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(Photo: Getty Images)

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