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About the Coyotes - 12-20-10

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Coyotes.

When and where: 7 p.m., Consol Energy Center.

TV: FSN Pittsburgh, Fox Sports Arizona, RDS.

Record: 15-9-7, 37 points. The Coyote are 10th place in the Western Conference and last place in the Pacific Division.

Leading Scorer: Keith Yandle (right), 21 points (five goals, 16 assists).

Last Game: 4-3 road shootout win against the Islanders, Saturday. Radim Vrbata had a goal and an assist in regulation for the Coyotes

Last Game against the Penguins: 4-3 home shootout win, Nov. 6. Mark Letestu scored the winning shootout goal for the Penguins.

Coyotes Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: How do you ever go against Ray Whitney when it comes to the Penguins? He has 47 points in 42 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: Tippett (2010) is one of three former Penguins players who have won the Jack Adams Award as the NHL's top coach. The others are Ted Nolan (1997) and Glen Sather (1986).

Best Coyotes Jets Video We Could Find: Get yourself some Vitamin J:

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Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (14-7-1, 2.35 GAA, .914 SV%) for the Penguins and Jason LaBarbera (3-3-1, 2.97 GAA, .918 SV%) for the Coyotes.

Injuries: For the Penguins, forwards Chris Kunitz (undisclosed) is day to day. Forwards Mike Comrie (undisclosed), Jordan Staal (hand) and defenseman Alex Grant (wrist) are on injured reserve. For the Coyotes, goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov ("upper-body") is out.

Potential lines and defensive pairings: The Penguins' primary lines in practice yesterday were:

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

-Their primary defensive pairings against the Rangers Wednesday were:

Brooks Orpik - Kris Letang
Paul Martin - Zbynek Michalek
Alex Goligoski - Ben Lovejoy

The Coyotes primary lines and defensive pairings against the Islanders Saturday were:

Wojtek Wolski - Eric Belanger - Shane Doan
Ray Whitney - Martin Hanzal - Radim Vrbata
Taylor Pyatt - Kyle Turris - Lee Stempniak
Paul Bissonnete - Vernon Fiddler - Lauri Korpikoski

Keith Yandle - Derek Morris
Ed Jovanovski - Adrian Aucoin
Oliver Ekman-Larsson - Nolan Yonkman
Notes:

-"He's playing. It's not a secret. If he's going to play, we'll win." - Malkin in Kunitz.

-"I don't understand how he does it. He's so involved in his body, training six times a week in the summer. I'm dedicated to the sport – don't get me wrong – but that guy is, like, more than anyone." - Bissonnette on Crosby.

-Talbot has 49 career goals and 47 career assists.

-Tyler Kennedy has 49 career assists.

-Paul Martin has 148 career assists.

-Bryzgalov returned to Phoenix prior to Saturday's game.

-@biznasty2point0 is kind of popular.

-Coyotes forward Sami Lepisto has played in 99 career games.

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(Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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