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Talkin' Bout Practice - March 25

Written by Sam Werner on .

IMG 1067After its first weekend off of the spring season, Pitt returned to the indoor practice field today for practice No. 5 of 2014. Pitt coach Paul Chryst labeled the session "up and down," but it was pretty easy to tell he wasn't too pleased with what he saw. About an hour into practice, Chryst had to turn the music off (which was fine with me, given that "Cotton-Eyed Joe" somehow made its way onto today's playlist) and send his team a message about focus. From what I could see, it looked like there were a lot of little details (false starts, dropped balls, missed exchanges) that Chryst wasn't happy about. That got a bit better as the practice continued, but Chryst still said he didn't felt the team had "the energy we needed." With that, on to some other notes and observations...

- Running back James Conner took defensive snaps in practice for the first time this spring. He worked in at defensive end for probably a half-dozen snaps, and worked in some rush and some coverage situations Chryst said the work was "just get him some snaps."

- Part of the reason for Conner's involvement there may have been the fact that Ejuan Price sat out of today's practice with injury. Even if Price is healthy, Pitt is pretty perilously thin at defensive end. Chryst said after practice that Price was day to day and that they're just erring on the side of caution.
Price is really a player Pitt can't afford to lose again for an extended period of time. In today's practice, for instance, the first-team defensive ends were sophomore Shakir Soto (who had a nice play stuffing an inside shovel pass during team drills) and redshirt senior David Durham, which is fine, but the second-teamers were redshirt freshman Luke Maclean and freshman Rori Blair. Blair has actually impressed me with his size this spring, but having a second-team unit with absolutely zero playing experience is bad news. Thus, I expect the Pitt staff will handle Price with bubble-wrap this spring.

Adam Bisnowaty is still out with a lingering back issue, so once again it was Jaryd Jones-Smith at first-team left tackle. As it has all camp, the first team offensive line was (from L to R) Jones-Smith, D. Johnson, Rowell, Rotheram, Clemmings. The second team offensive line today was Guy, Jones-Smith/D. Johnson, Officer, Baker, Reese. As you can see, Jones-Smith and Dorian Johnson both had to pull some double duty. That's mainly because of the injury to Gabe Roberts, who once again missed today's session. Once he gets back, Pitt will truly be able to roll 10 deep at offensive line, which I know Jim Hueber thinks is pretty essential for developing an offensive line.

- Linebacker Anthony Gonzalez sat out today's practice with another injury that Chryst termed as "day to day." Bam Bradley filled in for him at the Will linebacker spot, with redshirt freshman Reggie Green stepping into that spot on the second team. It's weird seeing Green out there at linebacker still wearing No. 87, but he certainly looks like he has the size to play linebacker.

Titus Howard lined up opposite Lafayette Pitts as the starting cornerback today (along with Terrish Webb and Ray Vinopal at safety). Trenton Coles had gotten some work in that spot last week, but a minor injury cost him some time and gave Howard his shot. I think both guys will end up playing this year, but there's still a long way to go before we get a starter.

- We got a look at Pitt's dime defense a bit today, and it looked like Jahmahl Pardner and Wisconsin transfer Reggie Mitchell are both in the mix to see time as extra defensive backs.

LaQuentin Smith sat out today's practice, which meant that Tyrique Jarrett and Justin Moody made up the interior of the second-team defensive line. Redshirt freshman Jeremiah Taleni also got some reps in there.

- It wasn't the best day for quarterback Chad Voytik today, as he missed some open throws and misread some other ones. He and Trey Anderson both mixed in with the first and second teams (in 11-on-11s, Anderson actually got most of the first-team work), but I don't think there's any doubt that Voytik is the guy.

- A few redshirt freshman receivers had nice grabs today. Zach Challingsworth caught a pass from Voytik on a deep out along the left sideline where he had to make a strong effort to get one foot down, and Jester Weah hauled in a 50-yard bomb that also showed off Voytik's arm strength.

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Coyotes at Penguins - 03-25-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

PREGAME

-When the Penguins acquired Brandon Sutter as the primary return in the trade which sent Jordan Staal to the Hurricanes, Sutter expressed some frustration with his role in Carolina. Said Sutter:

"I think where I was before, I liked my role there and I feel it’s going to be kind of similar here. I think at the same time, there was times where I didn’t get very much offensive opportunity at all. There was no power play, no nothing ever. Which is fine if you’re winning. But when you’re not winning, that can be kind of frustrating I guess. I haven’t had a chance to talk to Dan about that yet but I think it’s going to be clear what I’m going to be doing."

-He'll never get a better chance to fulfill those hopes than the next two to three weeks. With Evgeni Malkin out due to a foot injury, Sutter appears set to assume the No. 2 center job ... tonight at least. After playing with (in no particular order) Matt D'Agostini, Beau Bennett, Taylor Pyatt, Craig Adams, Brian Gibbons, Andrew Ebbett, Chris Conner, Dustin Jeffrey, the great Joe Vitale, Chuck Kobasew and Tanner Glass on his wings this season, he will have Jussi Jokinen, a player he has a history with from Carolina, on his left wing and James Neal, a one-time 40-goal scorer, on his right wing. One could argue, no other center on this team has a better set of centers.

-This is Sutter's time to step up. He hasn't been happy with being in a 3A/3B role for the third line center role with Marcel Goc. He will have no better time to show the coaching staff or management what he can offer this team. Sutter has shown flashes of brilliance in his two seasons with the Penguins. He has scored key goals at key moments including several game-winners but he's been largely underwhelming. He hasn't been an outright liability, but more was expected of him. Starting tonight, he has a chance to prove a lot of critics, inside and outside the organization wrong.

-We'll be interested to see how that line functions with a right-handed center between two left-handed wingers. With Malkin, all three forwards are left-handed.

-As with the injury which sidelined Chris Kunitz recently, we wonder if Malkin's injury would keep him out of the lineup if the Penguins were in a battle for their playoff lives or an actual playoff game. The Penguins have a luxury of being in "no-man's land" with their place int he standings. They are seven points behind the Bruins and 13 points ahead of the Rangers. While they still have to officially clinch the division, they don't really have much to gain in terms of the standings right now. They can afford to rest players for the postseason if they choose.

-We talked to Zbynek Michalek this afternoon at the Coyotes' hotel. You can read the transcript here. Michalek was always a pretty cooperative person in terms of dealing with the media while here in Pittsburgh. From a professional standpoint, we wish he was still here. He was always a good person to chat with on and off the record. While he was hesitant to get into too many details of his time with the Penguins today, he was cooperative once again today about subject matter which wasn't all that pleasant to deal with.

-Michalek is missing a number of his upper teeth as a result of a accident in the preseason. He has a bit of a lisp when he talked today. He said he plans to have them replaced in the upcoming offseason because it's difficult to fix that injury

-Coyotes forward and former Penguin Paul Bissonnette is back in Pittsburgh. He has become a bit of a cult hero for some hockey fans by simply being a goofball on Twitter. Bissonnette got his start as a professional with the Wheeling Nailers. A broadcaster with the Nailers caught up with him at the team's hotel and presented him with a Bissonnette bobblehead which was an upcoming giveaway for the Nailers:

-The Robert Morris' men's hockey team has made the NCAA tournament for the first time in franchise history. Their "reward" is a first-round meeting with powerhouse Minnesota, the top overall seed in the tournament at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn. Among those who will be rooting for the Colonials is Matt Niskanen.

-A product of Minnesota-Duluth (a rival of Minnesota), Niskanen today simply said, "I hope they [Robert Morris] beat them [Minnesota] so bad."

-Some pregame sights. The barn:

-The ice:

-Darius Kasparaitis is popular in "Snoop Dogg" form:

-And "Dan Kesa" form:

-Arron Asham:

-Phil Bourque:

-Brooks Orpik Team USA:

-A team with ties to Coyotes/Jets through the WHA. Ron Francis Whalers:

-A more contemporary Ron Francis fan:

-Marc-Andre Fleury Wilkes-Barre/Scranton:

-Fans entering the barn:

-There are a handful of Coyotes fans on hand. Radim Vrbata:

-Jay Caufield:

-Kevin Stevens:

-Mario Lemieux All-Star:

-Former Coyotes assistant coach and Penguins defenseman Ulf Samuelsson:

-Jersey of the Night: Bissonnette:

-Warm-ups:

-The Penguins' starters are Sidney Crosby, Chris Kunitz, Lee Stempniak, Robert Bortuzzo, Brooks Orpik and Marc-Andre Fleury.

-Their scratches are Deryk Engelland, Evgeni Malkin and the great Joe Vitale.

-The Coyotes' starters are Mikkel Boedker, Shane Doan, Antoine Vermette, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Zybnek Michalek and Thomas Greiss.

-Their scatches are Lauri Korpikoski, Derek Morris, Mike Ribeiro, David Schlemko and Mike Smith.

-Morris and Ribeiro are surprised. They apparently didn't have strong games last night against the Rangers last night.

-The Penguins presumably won't mind seeing Ribiero out of the lineup. He has 27 points in 22 career games against them.

-Jeff Jimerson handles business:

FIRST PERIOD

19:24: Jumping on a loose puck at the right half wall, Niskanen fires a wrister on net. Greiss steers it away.

19:17: Sutter gets an early chance. he whips a heavy wrister from the high slot. Greiss fights it off.

18:51: Off some furious forechecking by the second line, Neal deals a pass from the left circle to Maatta at the left point. Maatta chucks a wrister which is blocked.

18:27: Trying to settle a puck on his left half wall, Halpern is flattened by Simon Despres. Oof.

15:39: Taking a pass on the right wing, Sutter gallops up the ice, gains the offensive zone and releases a wrister. Fleury kicks it out.

15:19: After a turnover in the Penguins zone by Jokinen, Doan snaps off a wrister from deep in the right wing corner. Fleury holds it out.

14:48: Finishing off his shift, Neal whips a wrister from the right circle. Greiss snags it.

13:54: Skating out from behind the Penguins' net, David Moss turns and whips a wrister on net. Fleury boots it out.

11:53: Settling a puck a the right point, Despres chucks it wide to the near side.

11:19: After Sutter and Jokinen wrestle a puck free in the right circle, Neal whips a heavy wrister from the slot. Greiss fights it off with his blocker.

10:54: After a strong shift by the Penguins' second line, the Coyotes strike. And Niskanen combine to turnover a puck deep in the left wing corner. Martin Hanzal is all over it and feeds it to Moss who rips a wrister behind Fleury from point blank range. Where not sure who deserves the bulk of the blame for that turnover, but Niskanen and Maatta can each stake a claim. Hanzal and Brandon McMillan get assists. Coyotes 1-0.

9:32: The Penguins will get a power play as Chris Summers interfered with Taylor Pyatt while racing for a loose puck in Phoenix's left wing corner. That's two minutes.  Crosby, Kunitz, Niskanen, Maatta and Neal.

8:13: Taking a pass at the right point, Niskanen shows slapper, pulls his stick down then whacks a shot/pass to Crosby to the right of the cage. It hits Crosby and bounces to his skates. He tries to jam it in but Greiss  holds it out.

8:09: WOW! Off some touch passing in tight, Jokinen gets the puck to the right of the cage and rips a wrister. Greiss stretches to his left and appears to rob him with a glove. Jokinen appeared to celebrate for a moment but no dice.

7:32: The Summers minor is killed. The Penguins did not look all that comfortable there minus Malkin.

6:22: Craig Adams races up the right wing and chucks a wrister on net. Greiss steers it away.

6:00: Off a neutral zone steal by Megna, He races by Ekman-Larsson and whips a low wriste ron net. Greiss kicks it out. GIbbons chases down the rebound

5:34: With a stoppage, officials are finally able to look at the shot by Jokinen around the 8:00 mark. A replay shows it clearly bouncing off a camera in the net. Wow! That goal counts! It's a power play goal. All that time which has passed on the clock will revert back to 8:09. The game is tied. What a bizarre scene. Neal and Crosby get assists. The "Hey Song" is played. Coyotes 1, Penguins 1.

7:45: After Despres chips a puck up the left wing boards of the neutral zone. Sutter puck it up and charges up ice. He approaches the net and tries to sneak a backhanded pass to Neal coming in from the right circle. McMillan makes a furious backcheck and dives to break up the pass.

7:09: Crosby tries to power the puck through the neural zone. As he approaches the net, Michalek chases him down and muscles him off t he puck. Nice play by Michalek.

6:36: Maatta gets caught pinching in and that leads to a breakaway by Martin Erat. Erat takes a pass in the neutral zone and walks in from the blue line. He tries to sneak in a cute backhander through the five hole but Fleury's stick denies.

6:15: Michael Stone chucks a wrister from the right point. Fleury denies.

6:00: Stone cranks a slapper from the right point wide to the far side.

5:53: The Coyotes will get a power play as Niskanen is called for cross checking. Adams, Marcel Goc, Rob Scuderi and Orpik take the ice.

5:13: The Coyotes strike. Doan takes a pass low to the right of the cage. he tries to send a feed to Vermette in the slot. Scuderi blocks the pass but Doan ends up with the rebound. He whips it immediately into Fleury . The puck bounces around before Vemette is able to poke it into cage. Vermette got to it before Orpik could. Doan and Boedker get assists. Coyotes 2-1.

5:01: Bortuzzo drops Moss with a solid hit in the Penguins' right wing corner.

3:38: Settling a puck at the right point, Keith Yandle whacks a one-timer from the right point. Fleury eats it up.

2:28: Summers chucks a wrister on net from the right point. Fleury bats it down with his glove and smothers it.

2:18: Rob Klinkhammer whips a wrister from the right half wall wide of the cage.

2:06: After a turnover by Despres from his won zone, Summers hammers a slapper from the right point wide to the far side.

1:05: Sutter gets loose on the right wing thank to a pass from Maatta and whips a rising wrister. Greiss snags it.

0:04: Taylor Pyatt to he rescue?!? Okay. Taking a pass at the right half wall, Scuderi tees up a last second slapper. It sails into a mass of bodies in front of Greiss. It hits something and deflects by him on the far side into the cage. Pyatt gets credit of the goal. Pyatt made a nice forecheck against Ekman-Larsson to even pry that puck loose. Scuderi and Despres get assists. Coyotes 2, Penguins 2.

0:00: End of period. Coyotes 2, Penguins 2.

FIRST INTERMISSION

-Even if you ignore the nearly three minutes of "free" hockey after Jokinen's goal, that was a strange period. Brandon Sutter was the Penguins' most consistent offensive threat. A goal by Taylor Pyatt (off a set up by Rob Scuderi no less) tied the game with four seconds left. To make things even stranger, the Coyotes appeared willing to engage in a run and gun affair thus far.

-Sutter looks energized. He's been using a few power moves off the wings with his new wingers and has been a threat to the Coyotes. He almost looks like Jordan Staal.

-In contrast, the Kunitz-Crosby-Stempniak line has been pretty quiet.

-Maatta's recent run of struggles continues. He was involved in the turnover which led to Phoenix's first goal then allowed Erat to sneak behind him for a brekaway.

-Even after giving up a combined four goals, each goaltender looked fairly sharp.

-The Coyotes have an 11-10 lead in shots on net.

-The Coyotes have an 18-15 lead in attempted shots.

-Moss leads the game with five shots.

-Sutter leads the Penguins with three shots.

-Brandon Gormley leads he game with 9:23 of ice time.

-Scuderi leads the Penguins with 8:17.

-The Coyotes have a 10-8 lead in faceoffs (56 percent).

-Goc is 4 for 6 (67 percent).

-Halpern is 4 for 5 (80 percent).

-Maatta leads the game with two blocked shots.

-Stempniak makes his Icetime debut:

SECOND PERIOD

19:26: Off some one-touch passing, Stempniak has a wrister in the slot blocked by Michalek.

17:04: Glass chucks a wrister from the left point at the cage. Greiss snags. Glass heads down the runway towards the dressing room. He took a thump into the glass after shooting the puck.

16:46: After Michalek fumbles a puck in his own right wing corner, Kunitz backhands a pass to Stempniak to the right of the cage. The timing is off and they fail to connect.

16:00: Stempniak jabs a one-timer from the right circle wide to the far side.

15:37: Off a feed by Sutter, Jokinen has a slapper from the left circle blocked.

15:01: McMillan chops a loose puck from the right circle on net. Fleury eats it up. Bissonnette and Despres exchange a few pleasantries. Nothing comes of it.

14:48: Glass returns to the ice.

14:28: After forcing a turnover behind the cage, Adams wheels around to the right circle and chips a backhander on net. Greiss fights it off. Adams jumps on the rebound and chops it over the cage.

13:08: Michalek takes a puck at the right point and chucks a wrister into a bass of bodies and his blocked.

12:53: Maatta takes a pass ont he right wing, pinches in deep and lifts a wrister over the cage.

11:31: Orpik then Kunitz each have wristers in the attacking zone blocked.

11:27: Attendance is announced as 18,631. It is the team's 321st consecutive sellout.

11:04: Ekman-Larsson corrals a puck at the right point and chucks it on net. Fleury eats it up despite traffic.

10:20: Stone chucks a wrister from the right point wide to the far side.

8:42: Dumb. Dumb. Dumb. Jokinen battles for a puck deep in the attacking zone and is knocked over twice by Vermette. As play returns up ice, he gets up and slashes Vermette in the legs. Vermette takes a tumble. A referee is no more than six feet away from Jokinen and immediately puts his hand up. Jokinen get's a well-deserved slashing minor. Gibbons, Goc, Martin and Orpik take the ice.

8:22: Yandle tries to wheel around his own right wing corner away from Goc but takes a tumble. Goc jumsp on the puck and tries to jam it in from the right of the cage. Greiss holds it out.

6:42: Just as the Jokinen minor expires, the Coyote Strike. Stone chucks a wrister from the right point. It hits a body or two in front. Orpik battle Doan for the rebound but allows Boedker to sneak in from the right wing corner. He collects the puck and swipes it by Fleury's left shoulder on the near side. Put that one on Jokinen for being selfish. Doan and Stone get assists. Coyotes 3-2.

4:35: Neal sneaks up the right wing and chucks a wrister on net. Greiss snags it.

3:53: Settling a puck at the right point, Maatta chops a slapper from the right point. It hits a body in front.

3:35: Goc and Pyatt each have slappers in the offensive zone blocked.

3:14: After he Coyote turn the puck over deep in the offensive zone, Stempinak glides up the right wing and fires a wrister. Greiss fights off his first offer. Stempniak chops at the rebound and Greiss eats it up. A scrum develops with Crosby and Vermette in the middle of it. Nothing comes of it.

2:45: Despres turns the puck over in the left circle of his own zone. Boedker picks it up and snaps off a wrister which Fleury holds out.

2:32: Ekman-Larsson chucks a wrister from the center point. It catches the lid of Fleury who snags the rebound with his glove hand.

1:24: Moss chucks a wrister from the left half wall. Fleury snags it.

0:06: Jokinen, on a line with Goc and Megna, swipes a wrister from the left point. Greiss steers it away.

0:00: End of period. Coyotes 3, Penguins 2.

SECOND INTERMISSION

-The way that period went, we wish the officials would take away three minutes off the end of the game to get this cruddy contest over with a little faster. That was a pretty boring period and more importantly, a bad period for the Penguins. They're luck they're only down a goal after that.

-The odd things was the Penguins' first line was a lot better that period while the second line was pretty ineffective. It was the reverse of the first period.

-The Coyotes have done a pretty good job of getting the Ekman-Larsson and Michalek pairing up against the Penguins' top line. In fairness, the Coyotes seem to be using that duo quite a bit regardless of the matchup.

-Greiss has been solid. He is kicking out a lot of safe rebound.

-Fleury has been okay. Nothing great.

-Maatta settled down after a shaky first period.

-Scuderi and Orpik were no the ice for that third goal which was essentially (but not officially) a power power play goal. That's two for them tonight.

-The Coyotes have a 19-17 lead in shots on net.

-The Penguins have a 34-33 lead in attempted shots.

-Moss leads the game with six shots.

-Sutter, Neal and Stempniak each lead the Penguins with three shots.

-Ekman-Larsson leads the game with 15:59 of ice time.

-Niskanen leads the game with 14:58.

-The Penguins have a 22-21 lead in faceoffs (51 percent).

-Halpern is 8 for 13 (62 percent).

-Goc is 7 for 11 (64 percent).

-Yandle leads the game with three blocked shots.

-Maatta leads the Penguins with two blocked shots.

THIRD PERIOD

19:39: Off an offensive zone faceoff win in the right circle by Sutter, Bortuzzo chucks a wrister from the right circle. Greiss fights it off with his blocker. Neal settles the rebound on the right wing and whips it on net. Greiss eats it up.

18:44: Niskanen swipes a wrister from the right point. Greiss fight it off and swats away the rebound.

18:18: The Penguins must kill of a penalty as Crosby is called for high sticking Boedker. Goc, Orpik, Glass and Scuderi take the ice. A goal by the Coyotes could ice this game. Play was stopped on an icing by the Coyotes so the faceoff will be in the neutral zone.

17:24: Yandle tees up a slapper from the center point. It hits something and deflects over the cage.

16:45: Off some perimeter passing, Yandle fires a one-timer from center point. Fleury eats it up.

16:18: The Crosby minor is killed. That was big for the Penguins for a variety of reasons.

15:57: Despres has another turnover as he loses the puck behind the Penguins' net. McMillan chucks it on net. Fleury bails Despres out and snags the puck.

13:47: After Fleury turns the puck over from behind his own net, Doan steals and distributes to the left point for Yandle who fires a one-timer. Fleury kicks it out.

12:56: A wrister by Goc from the right cirle is blocked by Hanzal.

12:26: Crosby is out with Megna and Adams.

11:54: Glass wakes up a slumbering crowd by plowing over Michalek in the Coyotes' left wing corner as Michalek tried to settle the puck. What a hit!

11:46: A slapper by Maatta from the right point deflects out of play. Doan skates over to give Glass a little grief but nothings comes of it.

11:30: Goc takes a faceoff in the attacking zone with Neal and Jokinen on his wings.

11:03: Battling for a puck behind the Penguins' net, Bortuzzo hooks up Hanzal. Bortuzzo appears to plead to the official that Hanzal held his stick. Either way, the Penguins need to kill off another penalty. Sutter, Scuderi, Orpik and Brian Gibbons take the ice.

10:51: After Ekman-Larsson has a wrister blocked in the Penguins zone, Gibbons steaks the puck and races after it into the neutral zone. He's hooked up near the Phoenix blue line. No call.

9:43: Stone uncorks a heavy slapper from the right point. Fleury kicks it out. Vermette slides the rebound on net with a backhander. Fleury smothers it.

9:29: Vermette rips a wrister from the right circle. Fleury snags it.

9:03: The Bortuzzo minor is killed. That was another important kill for the Penguins.

7:08: Sutter, back on with Neal and Jokinen, chucks a wrister from the center point at the cage. It hits a body or two. Jokinen hits the deck battling for position but is still able to backhand a pass to Neal in the right circle. Neal rips a wrister which Greiss snags.

6:33: Off a feed by Crosby, Stempniak snaps off a wrister from the right circle which Ekman-Larsson blocks.

5:14: Off some "hot potato" passing, Jokinen swipes a one-timer from the right half wall. Greiss gloves it.

4:02: Vrbata chops a slapper from the right half wall. Fleury snags it.

3:49: Doan whips a wrister from the left wing wide to the far side.

3:11: Crosby pushes the puck up the right wing, gains the offensive zone and whips a cross-ice feed which is intercepted.

2:50: After Neal swipes a wrister from the right half wall, Greiss kicks out a rebound. Gorc steals it in the left circle and pounds a one-timer wide of the cage. That might have been the Penguins' last best chance.

1:39: After icing the puck, the Coyotes call a time out to get a breather.

1:37: Off a faceoff win in the Coyotes' left circle, Kunitz rips a wrister which Summers blocks.

1:22: With Fleury pulled, Crosby taps a bouncing puck in the right circle to Neal in the left circle. Neal snips  awrister. Stone gets a piece of it. Greiss smothers the rebound.

0:45: Game. Set. Match. Neal is called for slashing Michalek's stick in half on the Coyotes' left half wall. That's an easy two minutes. Fleury is back in net. Maatta, Kunitz, Crosby and Niskanen take the ice. The Penguins call a time out.

0:40: With the penguins pushing the puck up ice, Fleury is pulled again.

0:22: Goc chucks a wrister from the right half wall. Greiss fight it off.

0:13: Doan chases down a puck in the Penguins' slot. Maatta races back to poke the puck away.

0:00: End of game. Coyotes 3, Penguins 2.

POSTGAME

-This was a broken, incomplete and discombobulated effort by the Penguins. Yes, losing Evgeni Malkin, a former Hart Trophy winner, is a killer. But that wasn't the reason the Penguins lost tonight. They looked disorganized, undisciplined and even a bit disinterested tonight. As sharp as they looked in a loss to the Blues Sunday, they had the look of a team with little concentrated focus tonight.

-In contrast, the Coyotes had an extremely organized and disciplined approach tonight. They rarely strayed from their approach. Once they got their their third lead of the game, they made it difficult for the Penguins to do anything in the neutral zone.

-We're not sure the defensive pairing of Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Zbynek Michalek ever left the ice. Sidney Crosby might wonder that too.

-Here's why. Via the wonderful ShiftCart.com Web site, here's how the Coyotes, as the road team mind you, used Ekman-Larsson and Michalek against Crosby's line with Lee Stempniak and Chris Kunitz:

-Click here for a larger resolution.

-What makes that even more maddening is that during his press conference following the morning skate, Dan Bylsma lauded Ekman-Larsson as a candidate for the Norris Trophy. Despite that considerable respect for Ekman-Larsson's abilities, the Penguins' coaching staff saw fit to put the top line, the one which still has its center available and healthy, out on the ice against this pairing shift after shift.

-There's something to be said for a player of Crosby's stature being able to succeed regardless of the competition. An all-time great player should excel in any circumstances. But there's also something to be said for putting those players in positions to succeed. The Penguins coaching staff failed Crosby in this regard tonight.

-All six of the Penguins' defensemen had rough moments tonight. Matt Niskanen and Olli Maatta combined on a turnover which led to Phoenix's first goal. Maatta had a bad pinch which led to a breakaway. Rob Scuderi failed to cleanly clear a puck away from Shane Doan and that led to the Coyotes' second goal. Brooks Orpik was a step late on the Coyotes' second and third goals. Robert Bortuzzo took a late penalty behind the Penguins' net while Simon Despres had troubles even holding onto the puck. Deryk Engelland, a healthy scratch, may have been the Penguins' best defenseman tonight.

-Neither team limped into this game completely healthy. But the Coyotes willingly scratched two of their more established players for this game. Derek Morris and Mike Ribeiro, a Penguin killer throughout his career, watched this game in suits and ties. They had poor games last night against the Rangers and Coyotes coach Dave Tippett felt necessary to make changes. Those changes relayed a message which was clearly received by the team. Perhaps there's a lesson to be learned there for Bylsma.

-This game started out with such promise for the new second line. Brandon Sutter seemed energized by skating with two legit top-six scoring wingers in Jussi Jokinen and James Neal. He was aggressive with the puck and showed off some power moves from the wings. By the time the second period rolled around, that energy dissipated and Sutter reverted back to being another player.

-This was a moment he needed to step up. With Crosby bottled in for the most part by Ekman-Larsson and Michalek, Sutter presumably got some better matchups. He failed to capitalize.

-Speaking of Jokinen, his penalty against Antoine Vermette was selfish and it ended up being the difference in the game. He slashed Vermette right in front of a referee. While the Penguins officially killed the penalty, the Coyotes scored immediately after Jokinen's minor had expired. It was a selfish moment and it hurt the team.

-Oddly enough, the Penguins lost a game where they finally got some secondary scoring from the likes of Taylor Pyatt. Brian Gibbons, Marcel Goc and Jayson Megna each had a few sporadic offensive chances. For once, the bottom six was at the very least, average.

-Marc-Andre Fleury was adequate. Could have stolen a goal? Sure. But this was not on him.

-Thomas Greiss was very good. The Penguins did generate a more than a few quality chance. Greiss spit out a lot of safe rebounds and seemed pretty confident most of the night.

-From an entertainment standpoint, this was not a very enthralling game. It was pretty choppy and had more than few stoppages. There wasn't too much flow.

-The Coyotes led in shots on net, 29-25.

-The Penguins led in attempted shots, 52-50.

-James Neal and David Moss each lead the game with six shots.

-Ekman-Larsson led the game with 27:02 of ice time.

-Crosby led the Penguins with 23:23.

-The Penguins led in faceoffs, 35-33.

-Goc was 14 for 20 (70 percent).

-Jeff Halpern was 11 for 18 (61 percent).

-Gibbons, Maatta and Michalek each led the game with three blocked shots.

-Fire Ray Shero.

-Odd Stat of the Night: The Penguins had a winning streak of 16 games without Malkin in the lineup snapped.

-Game summary.

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State trout stockings (Southwest Pennsylvania)

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See full state Fish and Boat Commission stocking schedules at www.fish.state.pa.us.

Allegheny County
Big Sewickley Creek: East Branch to Big Sewickley Creek Rd. bridge, March 1 browns/rainbows; April 15 browns/rainbows, meets 12:45 p.m. I-79 exit 22 Wexford; May 5 meets 12:45 p.m. I-79 exit 22 Wexford.
Bull Creek: Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only section, March 11 browns/rainbows, meets 12:30 p.m. Park and Ride lot off Rte. 28 Tarentum exit. Thompson Rd. bridge to mouth, March 11 browns/rainbows, meets 12:30 p.m. Park and Ride lot off Rte. 28 Tarentum exit. Week of April 14 browns/rainbows. Week of May 5 browns/rainbows.
Deer Creek: 300 meters upstream West Branch to Gibsonia Rd. bridge, March 3 browns/rainbows. Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only area, March 3 browns/rainbows, April 15 browns/rainbows, meets 12:30 p.m. Rte. 28 Harmarville exit. Below Rose Ridge Golf Course to big bend near Pittsburgh Indoor Sports Arena, March 3 browns/rainbows, April 15 browns/rainbows, meets 12:30 p.m. Rte. 28 Harmarville exit, May 9 browns/rainbows, meets 12:30 p.m. Deer Lakes Park Office.
Flaugherty Run: Boggs Run to mouth, April 8 browns, meets 12:30 p.m. I-79 Wexford exit 22.
Long Run: Jacks Run to Versailles Borough line, April 1 browns/rainbows, meets noon Mammoth Dam
Deer Lakes (upper, middle, lower): April 4 rainbows, meets 12:30 p.m. Deer Lakes Park Office; April 26 rainbows, meets 12:30 p.m. Deer Lakes Park Office; May 9 rainbows, meets 12:30 p.m. Deer Lakes Park Office.
Montour Run: Trout Run to Ewings Mill Rd. bridge, April 8 browns/rainbows, meets 12:30 p.m. I-79 Wexford exit 22; April 15 browns/rainbows, meets 12:45 p.m. I-79 Wexford exit 22; May 5 browns/rainbows, meets 12:45 p.m. I-79 Wexford exit 22.
North Park Lake: March 26 rainbows, meets 1 p.m. North Park Lake Boat House; April 19 rainbows, meets 1 p.m. North Park Lake Boat House; May 6 rainbows, meets 1 p.m. North Park Lake Boat House.
Pine Creek: North Park Dam breast to 375 meters upstream Montour Run, April 2 browns/rainbows, meets 1 p.m. North Park Lake Boat House; April 14 browns/rainbows, meets 1 p.m. North Park Lake Boat House. Willow Run to abandoned railroad bridge off Bryant Rd., April 2 browns/rainbows, meets 1 p.m. North Park Lake Boat House; April 14 browns/rainbows, meets 1 p.m. North Park Lake Boat House; May 12 browns/rainbows, meets 1 p.m. North Park Lake Boat House. Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only section, March 3 browns/rainbows; April 14 browns/rainbows, meets 1 p.m. North Park Lake Boat House. Above Rte. 8 bridge to Butler Plank Rd. bridge, April 2 browns/rainbows, meets 1 p.m. North Park Lake Boat House; April 14 browns/rainbows, meets 1 p.m. North Park Lake Boat House; May 12 browns/rainbows, meets 1 p.m. North Park Lake Boat House.
Turtle Creek: Saunders Station Rd. bridge to Brush Creek, April 8 browns/rainbows, meets 12:15 p.m. Pa. Turnpike exit 6 parking lot; April 23 browns/rainbows, meets noon     Monroeville Municipal Park on Abers Creek Rd.

Armstrong County
Buffalo Creek: Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only section, March 1 browns/rainbows; April 23 browns/rainbows, meets 11:45 a.m. Worthington Fire Hall parking lot Rte. 422. Half mile upstream Craigsville Rd. bridge to Rte. 422 bridge, March 15 browns/rainbows, meets noon Worthington Fire Hall parking lot Rte. 422; May 1 browns/rainbows, meets noon Worthington Fire Hall parking lot Rte. 422. Rte. 422 bridge to power line 2.9 kilometers upstream Rough Run, March 15 browns/rainbows, meets noon Worthington Fire Hall parking lot Rte. 422; April 23 browns/rainbows, meets 11:45 a.m. Worthington Fire Hall parking lot Rte. 422. Power line 2.9 kilometers upstream Rough Run to below Cornplanter Run at spur off Sarver Rd., March 1 browns/rainbows; May 1 browns/rainbows, meets noon Worthington Fire Hall parking lot Rte. 422.
Cherry Run: Cherry Run Rd. bridge to North Branch, March 4 brooks/browns; May 14 brooks/browns, meets noon Keystone Bait and Tackle Shop Rt. 210 Elderton. North Branch to mouth, March 4 brooks/browns; April 17 brooks/browns, meets 12:15 p.m. Keystone Bait and Tackle Shop Rt. 210 Elderton; May 14 brooks/browns, meets noon Keystone Bait and Tackle Shop Rt. 210 Elderton.
Cornplanter Run: Moorehead Rd. bridge to mouth, April 4 brooks/browns, meets 11:15 a.m. Rte. 66 and Rte. 28.
Cowanshannock Creek: Huskins Run to Red Mill Rd. bridge, April 8 brooks/browns, meets 11:30 a.m. Marsha’s Place Rte. 66 and Rte. 28, before Rte. 85; week of May 12 brooks/browns. Red Mill Rd. bridge to mouth, April 8 brooks/browns, meets 11:30 a.m. Marsha’s Place Rte. 66 and Rte. 28, before Rte. 85; week of April 14 brooks/browns.
Glade Run: Lemmon Hollow Rd. bridge to second tributary down from Pony Farm Rd. bridge, March 29 brooks/browns/rainbows meets noon Worthington Fire Hall parking lot Rte. 422. May 14 browns/rainbows, meets noon Keystone Bait and Tackle Shop Rte. 210 Elderton.
Huling Run: Booher Rd. bridge to downstream Huling Run Rd. bridge, April 4 brook trout, meets 11:15 a.m. Rte. 66 and Rte. 28.
Little Sandy Creek: Knoxdale Rd. bridge to mouth, April 5 brooks/browns, meets 11 a.m. Cool Spring Post Office. May 19 brooks/browns, meets 11 a.m. Cool Spring Post Office.
Mahoning Creek: Mahoning Lake dam to Pine Run, April 15 browns/rainbows, meets noon Conemaugh Township Building Rte. 286.
North Fork Pine Creek: Rte. 66 bridge to mouth, March 11 brooks/browns; May 15 browns/rainbows, meets 11:15 a.m. Baum Pump Station at Rte. 66 and Rte. 28.
Patterson Creek: East of Pumpstation Rd. bridge to mouth, April 4 browns/rainbows, meets 11:15 a.m. Rte. 66 and Rte. 28; May 14 browns/rainbows, meets noon Keystone Bait and Tackle Shop Rte. 210 Elderton.
Plum Creek: Confluence North and South Branch to mouth, March 12 browns/rainbows; April 15 browns/rainbows, meets noon Conemaugh Township Building Rte. 286.
Redbank Creek: North Fork to Little Sandy Creek, March 31 brooks/browns, meets 10:45 a.m. Plyler’s Buffet and Family Restaurant; April 30 browns/rainbows, meets 10:45 a.m. Plyler’s Buffet and Family Restaurant; May 14 browns/rainbows, meets 10:45 a.m. Plyler’s Buffet and Family Restaurant.
Scrubgrass Creek: Angus Rd. to Pine Township line, April 4 brook trout, meets 11:15 a.m. Rte. 66 and Rte 28; May 14 brook trout, meets noon Keystone Bait and Tackle Shop Rte. 210 Elderton.
South Fork Pine Creek: Confluence North and South Branch to mouth, March 11 brooks/browns; May 15 brooks/browns, meets 11:45 a.m. Baum Pump Station Rte. 66 and Rte 28.

Beaver County
Big Sewickley Creek: Big East Branch to Big Sewickley Creek Rd. bridge, March 1 browns/rainbows; April 15 browns/rainbows, meets 12:45 p.m. I-79 Wexford exit 22; May 5 browns/rainbows, meets 12:45 p.m. I-79 Wexford exit 22.
Brady’s Run Lake: March 11 rainbows; April 26 rainbows, meets 1 p.m. Brady’s Run Park Office Ice Arena Rte. 51; May 5 rainbows, meets 1 p.m. Brady’s Run Park Office Ice Arena.
Brush Creek Park Pond: March 25 rainbows, meets Brady’s Run Park Office Ice Arena Rte. 51; April 15 rainbows, meets 12:30 p.m. Darlington Post Office Rte. 551.
Mill Creek: Little Blue Rd. bridge to mouth, March 5 browns/rainbows.
North Fork Big Sewickley Creek: Downstream Hoeing Rd. bridge to mouth, March 1 browns/rainbows; April 15 browns/rainbows, meets 12:45 p.m. I-79 Wexfor exit 22.
North Fork Little Beaver Creek: Lawrence-Beaver county line to Rte. 551 bridge, March 6 browns/rainbows; week of April 14 browns/rainbows.
Raccoon Lake: March 28 rainbow trout, meets noon Raccoon Creek State Park Office Rte. 18; May 3 rainbow trout, meets 1 p.m. Raccoon Creek State Park Office Rte. 18; May 12 rainbow trout, meets 1 p.m. Raccoon Creek State Park Office Rte. 18.
South Branch Brady Run: Grange Rd. bridge to Bradys Run Lake, March 25 rainbows, meets noon Bradys Run Park Office Ice Arena Rte. 51. Bradys Run Lake to Brady Run, March 25 browns/raindbows, meets noon Bradys Run Park Office Ice Arena Rte. 51; April 26 browns/rainbows, meets 1 p.m. Bradys Run Park Office Ice Arena Rte. 51; May 5 browns/rainbows, meets 1 p.m. Bradys Run Park Office Ice Arena Rte. 51.
Traverse Creek: Upper Raccoon Lake outflow to Raccoon Lake, March 5 browns/rainbows; May 3 browns/rainbows, meets 1 p.m. Raccoon Creek State Park Office  Rte 18; May 12 browns/rainbows, meets 1 p.m. Raccoon Creek State Park Office Rte 18. Raccoon Lake outflow to mouth, March 3 browns/rainbows; May 3 browns/rainbows, meets 1 p.m. Raccoon Creek State Park Office  Rte 18; May 12 browns/rainbows, meets 1 p.m. Raccoon Creek State Park Office Rte 18.

Butler County
Bear Creek: Troutman Rd. to first stream upstream of Bruin, April 7 brooks/browns, meets 11:30 a.m. Bruin Bowling Alley Rte. 268; May 15 brooks/browns, meets 10:45 a.m. Bruin Bowling Alley Rte. 268.
Bonnie Brook: Bonniebrook Rd. to mouth, March 14 browns/rainbows; April 25 browns/rainbows, meets 11:15 a.m. Worthington Fire Hall parking lot Rte. 422.
Buffalo Creek: Chicora Rd. upstream of Little Buffalo Run to confluence Little Buffalo Run, March 29 browns/rainbows, meets 11:15 a.m. Worthington Fire Hall parking lot Rte. 422; April 25 browns/rainbows, meets 11:15 a.m. Worthington Fire Hall parking lot Rte. 422. Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only Area, March 1 browns/rainbows; April 23 browns/rainbows, meets 11:45 a.m. Worthington Fire Hall parking lot Rte. 422.
Connoquenessing Creek: Lake Oneida to Rte. 356 bridge, March 5 browns/rainbows; week of April 14 browns/rainbows; week of May 12 browns/rainbows.
Cornplanter Run: Moorehead Rd. bridge to mouth, April 4 brooks/browns, meets 11:15 a.m. Rte. 66 and Rte. 28.
Harbar Acres Lake: April 2 brooks/browns, meets 11 a.m. Boyers Sportsman Assoc. on Boyers Rd. off Rte. 308.
Little Buffalo Run: McGrady Hollow Rd. bridge to mouth, March 29 browns/rainbows, 11:15 a.m. Worthington Fire Hall parking lot Rte. 422. April 25 browns/rainbows, 11:15 a.m. Worthington Fire Hall parking lot Rte. 422.
Little Connoquenessing Creek: Rte. 422 bridge to Dick Rd. bridge, March 14 browns/rainbows; week of April 14 browns/rainbows; week of May 12 browns/rainbows.
North Branch Slippery Rock Creek: White Oak Rd. bridge to confluence Slippery Rock Creek, March 24 brooks/browns, meets 10:30 a.m. Boyers Sportsman Assoc. on Boyers Rd. off Rte. 308; April 30 brooks/browns, meets 10:45 a.m. West Sunbury Rte. 308 and Rte. 138.
Silver Creek: Morris Rd.-Stahl Rd. bridge to mouth, April 7 brook trout, meets 11:30 a.m. Bruin Bowling Alley Rte. 268.
Slippery Rock Creek: 0.75 miles downstream Slippery Rock Rd. to Rte. 422 bridge, March 7 browns/rainbows; April 23 browns/rainbows, meets 11 a.m. Rte. 19 and Rte. 108; May 23 browns/rainbows, meets 11 a.m. Rte. 19 and Rte. 108.
Thom Creek: Great Belt Rd. bridge to Hicks Rd. bridge, March 25 browns/rainbows, meets 11 a.m. Hoon Rd. bridge downstream Lake Oneida; April 28 browns/rainbows, meets 11 a.m. Hoon Rd. bridge downstream Lake Oneida.

Fayette County
Black Creek: Trout Run to mouth, April 9 brooks/browns, meets noon Donegal Lake parking lot; April 29 brooks/browns, meets 12:15 p.m. Sarnelli’s Market Rte. 31 and Rte. 711.
Big Sandy Creek: Chaney Run to 350 meters downstream Stony Fork, April 10 brooks/browns, meets 11 a.m. Wharton Township Building Rte. 381.
Chaney Run: Headwaters to above first tributary above Big Sandy Creek, April 10 brook trout, meets 11 a.m. Wharton Township Building Rte. 381.
Dunbar Creek: Catch and Release Fly Fishing Only Area, March 15 brook trout; May 2 brooks/browns, meets 10:45 a.m. Franklin Memorial United Methodist Church. 1.7 miles upstream bridge at former Pechins to bridge at former Pechins, April 11 brook trout, meets 11 a.m. Franklin Memorial United Methodist Church; May 2 brooks/browns, meets 10:45 a.m. Franklin Memorial United Methodist Church.
Dunlap Creek: Merritstown Rd. bridge to Thornton Rd. bridge, April 11 browns/rainbows, meets 11 a.m. Franklin Memorial Methodist Church; May 15 browns/rainbows, meets 11 a.m. Sheetz parking lot Rte. 40.
Dunlap Creek Lake: April 2 rainbow trout, meets 11 a.m. Sheetz Rte. 40; April 19 rainbow trout, meets 11 a.m. Sheetz Rte. 40; May 14 rainbow trout, meets 11 a.m. Sheetz Rte. 40.
Georges Creek: Mountain Creek to Rte. 119 bridge, March 12 brooks/browns; May 15 brooks/browns, meets 11 a.m. Sheetz Rte. 40.
Indian Creek: Rte. 381 bridge to Champion Creek, April 9 brooks/browns, meets noon Donegal Lake parking lot; April 29 browns/rainbows, meets 12:45 p.m. Sarnelli’s Market Rte. 31 and Rte. 711.
Meadow Run: 200 meters upstream Nelson Rd. bridge to 240 meters downstream Rte. 381 bridge, March 17 brooks/browns. Beaver Creek to Dinner Bell Rd. bridge, March 17 brooks/browns; April 15 browns/rainbows, meets 11 a.m. Wharton Township Building Rte. 381; May 13 browns/rainbows, meets 10:30 a.m. Ohiopyle waterslide parking lot Rte. 381. Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only section, Dinner Bell Rd. bridge to mouth, March 12 browns/rainbows; May 13 browns/rainbows, meets 10:30 a.m. Ohiopyle waterslide parking lot Rte. 381.
Mill Run: Clay Run to mouth, March 17 brook trout; April 15 brooks/browns, meets 11 a.m. Wharton Township Building Rte. 381.
Mountain Creek: Rte. 857 bridge to mouth, March 12 brooks/browns; May 15 brooks/browns, meets 11 a.m. Sheetz Rte. 40.
Virgin Run Lake: March 28 rainbow trout, meets 11 a.m. Virgin Run Dam; April 26 rainbow trout, meets 11 a.m. Virgin Run Dam; May 7 rainbow trout, meets 11 a.m. Virgin Run Dam.
Youghiogheny River: Youghiogheny Reservoir outflow to Casselman Run, April 3 browns/rainbows, meets 10:30 a.m. Youghiogheny Dam park office; April 16 browns/rainbows, meets 10:30 a.m. Youghiogheny Dam park office; May 8 browns/rainbows, meets 10:30 a.m. Youghiogheny Dam park office; May 20 browns/rainbows, meets 10:30 a.m. Youghiogheny Dam park office; June 26 browns/rainbows, meets 10:30 a.m. Youghiogheny Dam park office; Aug. 29 rainbow trout, meets 10:30 a.m. Youghiogheny Dam park office.

Greene County
Browns Creek: Garners Run to mouth, March 5 browns/rainbows; week of April 28 browns/rainbows.
Dunkard Fork: Confluence of North and South Fork to first Veterans Rd. bridge, March 11 browns/rainbows; May 6 browns/rainbows, meets 12:30 p.m. Ryerson State Park office.
Enlow Fork: Enon Church Rd. bridge to T310 bridge off Day Rd., March 25 browns/rainbows, meets 12:30 p.m. East Finley Township Building at Rte. 231 and Templeton Run Rd.; April 26 browns/rainbows, meets 12:30 p.m. Ryerson State Park office.
Lake Wilma: April 10 rainbow trout, meets noon I-79 exit 2 at Kirby Rd.; April 22 rainbow trout, meets noon I-79 exit 2 at Kirby Rd.
North Fork Dunkard Fork: Chess Hill Rd. bridge to Duke Lake Dam, March 11 browns/rainbows; April 26 browns/rainbows, meets 12:30 p.m. Ryerson State Park office; May 6 browns/rainbows, meets 12:30 p.m. Ryerson State Park office. Duke Lake Dam to mouth, March 11 browns/rainbows; April 26 browns/rainbows, meets 12:30 p.m. Ryerson State Park office.
South Fork Dunkard Fork: McCracken Rd. bridge to mouth, March 11 browns/rainbows; May 6 browns/rainbows, meets 12:30 p.m. Ryerson State Park office.
Whiteley Creek: I-79 bridge to Garards Fort Rd., April 10 browns/rainbows, meets noon I-79 exit 2 at Kirby Rd.; April 22 browns/rainbows, meets noon I-79 exit 2 at Kirby Rd.

Indiana County
Blacklegs Creek: 0.5 kilometers upstream Blacklegs Rd. bridge to mouth, March 12 rainbows; April 15 rainbows, meets noon Conemaugh Township Building  Rte. 286.
Brush Creek: Brush Creek Rd. bridge to mouth, April 3 brook trout, meets 11:15 a.m.     Glen Campbell Rte. 286; May 14 brooks/browns, meets 11:15 a.m. Glen Campbell Rte. 286.
Canoe Creek: Painter Run to mouth, March 14 brooks/browns; May 12 brooks/browns, meets 10:45 a.m. Cloe Lake.
Cummings Reservoir (Blue Spruce Lake): April 16 rainbows, meets 11 a.m. Nolo Rte. 422.
Cush Creek: Horton Run to mouth, April 3 browns/rainbows, 11:15 a.m. Glen Campbell Rte. 286; May 14 browns/rainbows, 11:15 a.m. Glen Campbell Rte. 286.
Cush Cushion Creek: Hemlock Rd. to mouth, April 3 browns/rainbows, meets 11:15 a.m. Glen Campbell Rte 286; May 14 browns/rainbows, meets 11:15 a.m. Glen Campbell Rte 286.
Laurel Run: First tributary below Laurel Run Rd. to mouth, March 20 brook trout.
Little Mahoning Creek: Buterbaugh Rd. bridge to Cessna Run, March 22 brooks/browns, meets 11:30 a.m. Rochester Mills Presbyterian Church; May 20 brooks/browns, meets 11:45 a.m. Rochester Mills Presbyterian Church. Catch-And-Release Fly-Fishing Only area, March 22 brooks/browns, meets 11:30 a.m. Rochester Mills Presbyterian Church; May 20 brooks/browns, meets 11:45 a.m. Rochester Mills Presbyterian Church. Bridge abutments downstream Richmond Rd. to 700 meters downstream West Mahoning and North Mahoning Township line, March 22 brooks/browns, meets 11:30 a.m. Rochester Mills Presbyterian Church; May 20 brooks/browns, meets 11:45 a.m. Rochester Mills Presbyterian Church.
Little Yellow Creek: Malloy Hollow Rd. bridge to Yellow Creek Lake, March 20 brooks/browns.
Mudlick Run: Beaver Dr. bridge to mouth, March 22 brooks/browns, meets 11:30 a.m. Rochester Mills Presbyterian Church.
South Branch Two Lick Creek: Valley Rd. bridge to Wandin Rd. bridge, April 3 brooks/browns, meets 11:15 a.m. Glen Campbell Rte. 286; May 14 brooks/browns, meets 11:15 a.m. Glen Campbell Rte. 286.
Toms Run: State Game Land 276 to mouth, March 12 brook trout.
Yellow Creek: 300 meters upstream Diehl Rd. bridge to Yellow Creek Lake, March 20 brook trout; April 16 brooks/browns, meets 11 a.m. Nolo Rte. 422. Cherryhill Township line to Rte. 954 bridge, March 20 browns/rainbows; April 16 browns/rainbows, meets 11 a.m. Nolo Rte. 422.

Somerset County
Allen Creek: 2.3 miles upstream from mouth to mouth, March 19 brook trout.
Beaverdam Creek: Somerset-Quemahoning township line to Dunmyer Rd. bridge, March 17 browns/rainbows; April 14 browns/rainbows, meets 9:15 a.m. Ogletown Rte. 56. 1.1 kilometer downstream Shaffer Mountain Rd. to mouth, April 9 brooks/browns, meets 9:30 a.m. Ogletown Rte. 56.
Bens Creek: North and South Forks to mouth, March 7 brooks; week of April 21 brook trout.
Blue Hole Creek: Garys Run to mouth, April 29 brook trout, meets 10:15 a.m. BP gas station Rte. 281 New Lexington.
Breastwork Run: New Baltimore Rd. to mouth, March 14 brook trout.
Brush Creek: School House Rd. bridge to mouth, April 4 browns/rainbows, meets 10 a.m. Hillbilly Haven Tavern Rte. 96; May 3 browns/rainbows, meets 9:45 a.m. Hillbilly Haven Tavern Rte. 96.
Casselman River: Pennsylvania-Maryland line to 300 meters downstream Coal Run, March 18 brooks/browns; May 10 brooks/browns, meets 10:30 a.m. Elk Lick Township Building Rte. 669.
Clear Shade Creek: Pine Lake to 1.6 kilometer above Windber Reservoir, April 9 brook trout, meets 9:30 a.m. Ogletown Rte. 56; April 14 brooks/browns, meets 9:15 a.m. Ogletown Rte. 56. Catch and Release Fly Fishing Only area, March 12 brook trout; May 1 brooks/browns, meets 9:30 a.m. Frosty Corner Ice Cream Stand off Rte. 56. Windber Reservoir backwater to mouth, April 9 brook trout, meets 9:30 a.m. Ogletown Rte. 56; May 1 brooks/browns, meets 9:30 a.m. Frosty Corner Ice Cream Stand off Rte. 56.
Cub Run: 2.6 kilometers upstream mouth to mouth, April 9 brook trout, meets 9:30 a.m. Ogletown Rte. 56.
Elklick Creek: Cranberry Run to Rte. 219-Mount Davis Rd. intersection, March 26 brooks/browns, meets 10:30 a.m. Meyersdale Fire Dept. Rte. 219; April 14 brooks/browns, meets 10:30 a.m. Meyersdale Fire Dept. Rte. 219.
Fall Creek: Ansell Run to mouth, April 29 brook trout, meets 10:15 a.m. BP gas station Rte. 281.
Flaugherty Run: Railroad bridge at Great American Passage trail to Glade City Rd. bridge, March 26 brooks/browns, meets 10:30 a.m. Meyersdale Fire Dept. Rte. 219; April 14 brooks/browns, meets 10:30 a.m. Meyersdale Fire Dept. Rte. 219.
Gladdens Run: Palo Alto Rd. bridge to mouth, March 10 browns/rainbows; May 15 browns/rainbows, meets 9:30 a.m. Hyndman Post Office Rte. 96.
Glade Run: High Point Lake to mouth, April 7 brooks/browns, meets 10:30 a.m. Gap bike trail parking lot at Fort Hill.
Jones Mill Run: Jones Mill Run Rd. bridge below Beck’s Run to backwaters Laurel Hill Lake, March 19 brook trout; April 16 brooks/browns, meets 10:15 a.m. Cogos store Bakersville Rte. 31; May 13 brooks/browns, meets 10:15 a.m. Cogos store Bakersville Rte. 31.
Kimberly Run: 362 meters upstream Rte. 219 bridge to mouth, March 14 brooks/browns; May 5 brooks/browns, meets 9:30 a.m. New Baltimore Volunteer Fire Dept.
Kooser Lake: March 11 rainbows; April 19 rainbows, meets 10:15 a.m. Kooser Lake parking lot; May 19 rainbows, meets 10:15 a.m. Kooser Lake parking lot.
Kooser Run: Upstream boundary Kooser State Park to 225 meters downstream Zion Rd. bridge, March 11 brook trout; April 19 browns/rainbows, meets 10:15 a.m. Kooser Lake parking lot; May 19 browns/rainbows, meets 10:15 a.m. Kooser Lake parking lot. 225 meters downstream Zion Rd. bridge to mouth, March 11 brook trout.
Laurel Hill Creek: Clear Run to 200 yards downstream Countryman Rd. bridge, March 12 browns/rainbows; May 19 browns/rainbows, meets 10:15 a.m. Kooser Lake parking lot. Upper Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only area, March 8 browns/rainbows; May 13 browns/rainbows, meets 10:15 a.m. Cogos store Bakersville Rte. 31. Laurel Hill Lake to Laurel Hill State Park lower boundary, March 22 browns/rainbows, meets 10:15 a.m. Laurel Hill Dam breast parking lot; April 16 browns/rainbows, 10:15 a.m. Cogos store Bakersville Rte. 31; May 16 browns/rainbows, meets 10:15 a.m. Laurel Hill Dam breast parking lot. Laurel Hill State Park lower boundary to State Game Lands 111 Rd. bridge at Humbert, March 22 browns/rainbows, meets 10:15 a.m. Laurel Hill Dam breast parking lot; April 23 browns/rainbows, meets 10:15 a.m. Laurel Hill Dam breast parking lot; May 16 browns/rainbows, meets 10:15 a.m. Laurel Hill Dam breast parking lot. Lower Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only area, March 8 brook trout; April 29 browns/rainbows, meets 10:15 a.m. BP gas station Rte 281. Paddytown Hollow Run to mouth, March 27 browns/rainbows, meets 10:15 a.m. New Centerville Fire Hall Rte. 281; April 29 browns/rainbows, meets 10:15 a.m. BP gas station Rte. 281; May 8 browns/rainbows, meets 10 a.m. New Centerville Fire Hall Rte. 281.
Laurel Hill Lake: April 1 rainbow trout, meets 10:15 a.m. Laurel Hill Dam breast parking lot; April 19 rainbow trout, meets 10:15 a.m. Kooser Lake parking lot; May 9 rainbow trout, meets 10:15 a.m. Laurel Hill Dam breast parking lot.
Little Piney Creek: Elk Lick Rod & Gun Club dam to mouth, April 11 brook trout.
McClintock Run: Glade Run to mouth, April 7 brooks/browns, meets 10:30 a.m. Gap bike trail parking lot at Fort Hill; May 20 brooks/browns, meets 10:30 a.m. Youghiogheny Dam park office.
Middle Creek: State Rd. 3029 bridge to mouth, March 27 browns/rainbows, meets 10:15 a.m. New Centerville Fire Hall Rte. 281; May 8 browns/rainbows, meets 10 a.m. New Centerville Fire Hall Rte. 281.
Miller Run: 200 meters upstream Arnold Lane to mouth, March 26 brook trout, meets 10:30 a.m. Meyersdale Fire Dept. Rte. 219.
Piney Creek: Maryland state line to mouth, April 11 brooks/browns, meets 10:30 a.m. Broadwater Meat Processors Greenville Rd.; May 10 brooks/browns, meets 10:30 a.m. Elk Lick Township Building, Rte. 669.
Piney Run: Crumb Rd. bridge to mouth, April 9 brook trout, meets 9:30 a.m. Ogletown Rte. 56; April 14 brook trout, meets 9:15 a.m. Ogletown Rte. 56.
Raystown Branch Juniata River: 1 kilometer upstream Deeter Gap Rd. bridge to Somerset/Bedford county line, March 14 brook trout; May 6 brook trout, 9:30 a.m. New Baltimore Volunteer Fire Co.
Shafer Run: 400 meters downstream Shafer Run Trout Hatchery to mouth, March 12 brooks/browns.
Shaffers Run: Upstream Shaffers Run Rd. bridge to mouth, April 4 brooks/browns, meets 10 a.m. Hillbilly Haven Tavern Rte. 96; May 3 brooks/browns, meets 9:45 a.m. Hillbilly Haven Tavern Rte. 96.
South Fork Bens Creek: 200 meters downstream Somerset Pike bridge to 30 meters downstream private Jenners Lane bridge, March 7 brook trout; week of April 21 brook trout. Keafer Hill Rd. bridge to mouth, March 7 brook trout; week of April 21 brook trout.
Stonycreek River: Yonai Rd. bridge to Covered Bridge Rd. bridge, March 17 brook trout; May 6 brooks/browns, meets 9:30 a.m. New Baltimore Volunteer Fire Co.
Tub Mill Run: Oak Dale Rd. bridge to mouth, March 18 brook trout.
Whites Creek: First bridge on Whites Creek Rd. to mouth, April 7 brooks/browns, meets 10:30 a.m. Gap bike trail parking lot Fort Hill; May 20 brooks/browns, meets 10:30 a.m. Youghiogheny Dam Park Office.
Wills Creek: 0.5 kilometers upstream McKenzie Rd. bridge to Brush Creek, April 1 browns/rainbows, meets 10 a.m. Hillbilly Haven Tavern Rte. 96; May 9 browns/rainbows, meets 9:30 a.m. Hillbilly Haven Tavern Rte. 96. Brush Creek to railroad bridge off Cooks Mill Rd., April 5 brooks/browns, meets 9:45 a.m. Hyndman Post Office Rte. 96; May 16 browns/rainbows, meets 9:45 a.m. Hyndman Post Office Rte. 96.
Youghiogheny River: Youghiogheny Reservoir outflow to Casselman River, April 3 browns/rainbows, 10:30 a.m. Youghiogheny Dam park office; April 16 browns/rainbows, 10:30 a.m. Youghiogheny Dam park office; May 8 browns/rainbows, 10:30 a.m. Youghiogheny Dam park office; May 20 browns/rainbows, 10:30 a.m. Youghiogheny Dam park office; June 26 browns/rainbows, 10:30 a.m. Youghiogheny Dam park office; Aug. 29 browns/rainbows, 10:30 a.m. Youghiogheny Dam park office.

Lawrence County
Bessemer Lake: April 8 rainbow trout, meets 11 a.m. Bessemer Lake Rte. 317; April 19 rainbow trout, meets 11 a.m. Bessemer Lake Rte. 317; May 5 rainbow trout, meets 11 a.m. Bessemer Lake Rte. 317.
Big Run: Rte. 388 bridge to Rte. 65 bridge, April 9 browns/rainbows, meets 11 a.m.     Cascade Park Rte. 65; May 12 browns/rainbows, meets 11 a.m. Cascade Park Rte. 65. Rte. 65 bridge to mouth, April 9 browns/rainbows, meets 11 a.m. Cascade Park Rte. 65; May 12 browns/rainbows, meets 11 a.m. Cascade Park Rte. 65.
Cascade Quarry: April 19 rainbow trout, meets 11 a.m. Bessemer Lake Rte. 317.
Deer Creek: 1,500 feet upstream Rte. 208 bridge to mouth, March 26 browns/rainbows, meets 11 a.m. Bessemer Lake Rte. 317; week of May 5 browns/rainbows.
Hickory Run: Smalls Ferry Rd. bridge to mouth, March 26 browns/rainbows, meets 11 a.m. Bessemer Lake Rte. 317; April 29 browns/rainbows, meets 11 a.m. Bessemer Lake Rte. 317.
Honey Creek: 0.25 miles upstream Musser Rd. bridge to North Fork Little Beaver Creek, March 12 browns/rainbows; April 29 browns/rainbows, meets 11 a.m. Bessemer Lake Rte. 317.
Little Neshannock Creek: West Branch Little Neshannock to mouth, March 24 browns/rainbows; April 14 browns/rainbows, meets 10 a.m. I-79 and Rte. 62.
Neshannock Creek: Cannery Rd. bridge to Mill Dam in Volant, March 1 browns/rainbows; April 21 browns/rainbows, meets 10:30 a.m. Rte. 208 bridge at Volant; May 16 browns/rainbows, meets 10:30 a.m. Rte. 208 bridge at Volant. Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only area, March 1 browns/rainbows; April 25 browns/rainbows, meets 10:30 a.m. rte. 208 bridge at Volant. Covered Bridge Rd. bridge to mouth, March 1 browns/rainbows; April 25 browns/rainbows, meets 10:30 a.m. Rte. 208 bridge at Volant; May 7 browns/rainbows, meets 10:30 a.m. rte. 208 bridge at Volant.
North Fork Little Beaver Creek: Mud Bridge Rd. bridge to Lawrence/Beaver county line, March 12 browns/rainbows; April 29 browns/rainbows, meets 11 a.m. Bessemer Lake Rte. 317.
Slippery Rock Creek: 0.75 miles downstream Slippery Rock Rd. to Rte. 422 bridge, March 7 browns/rainbows; April 23 browns/rainbows, meets 11 a.m. Rte. 19 and Rte. 108; May 23 browns/rainbows, meets 11 a.m. Rte. 19 and Rte. 108. Rte. 422 bridge to Heinz Camp lower property line, March 27 browns/rainbows, meets 11 a.m. Rte. 19 and Rte. 108; April 23 browns/rainbows, meets 11 a.m. Rte. 19 and Rte. 108; May 23 browns/rainbows, meets 11 a.m. Rte. 19 and Rte. 108. Catch and Release Fly Fishing Only area, March 27 browns/rainbows, meets 11 a.m. Rte. 19 and Rte. 108; April 23 browns/rainbows, meets 11 a.m. Rte. 19 and Rte. 108.
Taylor Run: 1 mile upstream Georgetown Rd. bridge to mouth, March 7 browns/rainbows; April 23 browns/rainbows, meets 11 a.m. Rte. 19 and Rte. 108.

Washington County
Aunt Clara Fork: Purdy Rd. Ext. bridge to mouth, April 1 browns/rainbows, meets 1 p.m. Casiola’s Restaurant; April 29 browns/rainbows, meets 1:15 p.m. Rte. 70 exit 6 truck stop.
Canonsburg Lake: March 25 rainbows; May 3 rainbows, meets 1 p.m. township road crossing lake off Rte. 19; May 12 rainbows, meets 1 p.m. township road crossing lake off Rte. 19.
Dutch Fork: Rte. 70 bridge above Columbia Gas compressor to Hicks Rd. bridge, March 11 browns/rainbows; April 29 browns/rainbows, meets 1:15 p.m. Rte. 70 exit 6 truck stop. Hicks Rd. bridge to mouth, April 10 browns/rainbows, meets 1:15 p.m. Rte. 70 exit 6 truck stop; April 29 browns/rainbows, meets 1:15 p.m. Rte. 70 exit 6 truck stop.
Dutch Fork Lake: March 4 rainbows; April 26 rainbows, meets 1 p.m. Dutch Fork Lake Rte. 40; May 6 rainbows, meets 1 p.m. Dutch Fork Lake Rte. 40.
Enlow Fork: Enon Church Rd. bridge to Game Lands Rd. bridge off Meyers Lane, March 25 browns/rainbows; April 26 browns/rainbows, meets 12:30 p.m. Ryerson State Park office.
Kings Creek: North Kings Creek Rd. bridge to Aunt Clara Fork, April 1 browns/rainbows, meets 1 p.m. Casiola’s Restaurant.
Little Chartiers Creek: Rte. 519 bridge to Linden Creek Rd. bridge, April 2 browns/rainbows, meets 1:15 p.m. I-70 exit 25 Park & Ride; week of April 14 browns/rainbows; week of April 28 browns/rainbows.
Millers Run: Galati Rd. bridge to Rte. 50 bridge, April 1 browns/rainbows, meets 1 p.m. Casiola’s Restaurant; April 16 browns/rainbows, meets 1:25 p.m. Rte. 70 Carlton Hotel; May 1 browns/rainbows, May 1 browns/rainbows, meets 12:45 p.m. I-70 exit 25 Park & Ride.
Mingo Creek: Sugar Run Rd. bridge to Mingo Creek Park downstream boundary, April 10 browns/rainbows, meets 1:15 p.m. Rte. 70 exit 6 truck stop; April 16 browns/rainbows, meets 12:45 p.m. Rte. 70 Carlton Hotel; May 1 browns/rainbows, meets 12:45 p.m. I-70 exit 25 Park & Ride.
Pike Run: Laurel Rd. bridge to point between Pike Run Dr. and South Ridge Rd., March 11 browns/rainbows; April 25 browns/rainbows, meets 1 p.m. I-70 exit 37 toll booth area. Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only area, March 11 browns/rainbows; April 25 browns/rainbows, meets 1 p.m. I-70 exit 37 toll booth area. Power line downstream Rte. 36 to mouth, March 11 browns/rainbows; April 25 browns/rainbows, meets 1 p.m. I-70 exit 37 toll booth area.
Templeton Fork: Rocky Run to mouth, March 25 browns/rainbows; April 26 browns/rainbows, meets 12:30 p.m. Ryerson State Park office.
Tenmile Creek: Plum Sock Rd. bridge to Bane Creek, March 5 browns/rainbows; April 30 browns/rainbows, meets 11:30 a.m. Amity Ballfield off Rte. 19.
 
Westmoreland County
Donegal Lake: April 9 rainbow trout, meets noon Donegal Lake parking lot; April 19 rainbow trout, meets noon Donegal Lake parking lot; May 13 rainbow trout, meets noon Donegal Lake parking lot.
Fourmile Run: Donegal Lake Rd. bridge to Kline Rd., March 22 browns/rainbows; April 22 browns/rainbows, meets 11:30 a.m. old Rte. 30 Loyalhanna Watershed Assoc. office. Kline Rd. to mouth, March 21 browns/rainbows; May 2 browns/rainbows, meets 11:30 a.m. old Rte. 30 Loyalhanna Watershed Assoc. office.
Hannas Run: Bridge off Wilpen Rd. to mouth, March 26 rainbow trout.
Hendricks Creek: Rte. 711 bridge to mouth, April 9 brooks/browns, meets noon old Rte. 30 Loyalhanna Watershed Assoc. office; week of May 15 browns/rainbows.
Indian Creek: Hunters Lane bridge to Rte. 381 bridge, March 13 brooks/browns; April 29 brooks/browns, meets 12:15 p.m. Rte. 31 and Rte. 711 Sarnelli’s Market. Rte. 381 bridge to mouth, April 9 brooks/browns, meets noon Donegal Lake parking lot; April 29 browns/rainbows, meets 12:15 p.m. Rte. 31 and Rte. 711 Sarnelli’s Market.
Indian Lake: March 13 rainbow trout; April 23 rainbow trout, meets noon Monroeville Municipal Park on Abers Creek Rd.; May 12 rainbow trout, meets 11:30 a.m. lower Twin Lakes.
Jacobs Creek: Pa. Turnpike bridge to White Bridge Rd. bridge, April 11 brooks/browns, meets noon Donegal Lake; April 30 browns/rainbows, meets noon Pa. Turnpike exit 91 BP gas station.
Keystone Lake: March 13 rainbow trout; April 26 rainbow trout, meets 11 a.m.     Keystone State Park office; May 14 rainbow trout, meets 11 a.m. Keystone State Park office.
Linn Run: 500 meters upstream Grove Run, April 11 brook trout, meets noon Donegal Lake; April 22 brook trout, meets 11:15 a.m. Loyalhanna Watershed Assoc. old Rte. 30; May 2 brook trout, meets 11:30 a.m. Loyalhanna Watershed Assoc. old Rte. 30.
Loyalhanna Creek: Zimmerman Run to Rte. 711 bridge, March 8 browns/rainbows; week of April 21 browns/rainbows. Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only area, March 8 browns/rainbows; April 22 browns/rainbows, meets noon Loyalhanna Watershed Assoc. office old Rte 30. Twomile Run Rd. bridge to Kingston Dam, March 8 browns/rainbows; week of April 21 browns/rainbows; week of May 12 browns/rainbows. Kingston Dam to Monastery Run, April 9 browns/rainbows, meets noon Loyalhanna Watershed Assoc. office old Rte 30; week of April 21 browns/rainbows; week of May 12 browns/rainbows.
Mammoth Lake: April 1 rainbow trout, meets noon Mammoth Dam; April 26 rainbow trout, meets noon Mammoth Dam; May 7 rainbow trout, meets noon Mammoth Dam.
Mill Creek: 170 meters upstream Mill Rd. bridge to mouth, March 26 rainbow trout; May 13 rainbow trout, meets noon Loyalhanna Watershed Assoc. office old Rte. 30.
Northmoreland Lake: March 26 rainbow trout; April 26 rainbow trout, meets 11 a.m. Keystone State Park office; May 14 rainbow trout, meets 11 a.m. Keystone State Park office.
Sewickley Creek: Fairgrounds Rd. bridge to Sewickley Rd. bridge, March 13 browns/rainbows; May 7 browns/rainbows, meets noon Mammoth Dam.
Shannon Run: Upper Wildcat Rd. bridge to mouth, April 9 brook trout, meets noon Loyalhanna Watershed Assoc. office old Rte. 30.
Tubmill Creek: Tubmill Reservoir to Keiper Rd., April 9 brooks/browns, meets noon     Loyalhanna Watershed Assoc. office old Rte. 30; week of May 12 browns/rainbows.
Turtle Creek: Saunders Station Rd. bridge to Brush Creek, April 8 browns/rainbows meets 12:15 p.m. Pa. Turnpike exit 6 parking lot; April 23 browns/rainbows, meets noon     Monroeville Municipal Park Abers Creek Rd.
Twin Lakes: Upper/lower lakes, April 3 rainbows, meets 11:30 a.m. lower Twin Lakes; April 18 rainbows, meets 11:30 a.m. lower Twin Lakes. Lower lake, May 12 rainbows, meets 11:30 a.m. lower Twin Lakes.


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About the Coyotes - 03-25-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Coyotes.

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

TV: Root Sports, Fox Sports Arizona.

Record: 34-26-12, 80 points. The Coyotes are in fourth place in the Pacific Division.

Leading Scorer: Keith Yandle (right), 51 points (8 goals, 43 assists).

Last Game: 4-3 road overtime loss to the Rangers, last night. Kyle Chipchura had a goal and an assist for the Coyotes.

Last Game against the Penguins: 3-1 home win, Feb. 1. Mike Ribeiro had a goal and an assist for the Coyotes.

Coyotes Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Ribeiro. He has 27 points in 22 career games against the Penguins.

Ex-Penguins on the Coyotes: Paul Bissonnette, LW; Zbynek Michalek, D; Dave Tippett, head coach.

Ex-Coyotes/Jets on the Penguins: Dan Bylsma, head coach (Bylsma was a Jets draft pick but never played for the organization); Chris Conner, RW; Taylor Pyatt, LW; Todd Reirden, assistant coach; Lee Stempniak, RW.

Useless Coyotes Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: Coyotes coach Dave Tippett (1984) is one of three one-time Penguins players who have served as captain of Canada's Olympic team. The others are centers Sidney Crosby (2014) and Mario Lemieux (2002).

Best Coyotes/Jets Video We Could Find: Two one-time popular Penguins - right winger Rick Tocchet, then of the Coyotes, fighting Gary Roberts, then of the Hurricanes - in 1999-2000:

Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (34-16-4, 2.36 GAA, .916 SV%) for the Penguins and Thomas Greiss (7-5-2, 2.38 GAA, .924 SV%) for the Coyotes.

Injuries: For the Penguins, centers Joe Vitale ("upper body") and Evgeni Malkin (foot) are out. Right wingers Beau Bennett (hand/wrist), Chris Conner (foot), Pascal Dupuis (knee), defensemen Kris Letang (stroke), Paul Martin (hand) and goaltender Tomas Vokoun (blood clots) are on injured reserve. For the Coyotes, left winger Lauri Korpikoski ("upper body"), defenseman David Schlemko ("lower body") and goaltender Mike Smith ("lower body") are day to day.

Potential lines and defensive pairings: The Penguins lines and defensive pairings at today's morning skate were:

14 Chris Kunitz - 87 Sidney Crosby - 22 Lee Stempniak
36 Jussi Jokinen - 16 Brandon Sutter - 18 James Neal
49 Brian Gibbons - 57 Marcel Goc - 17 Taylor Pyatt
15 Tanner Glass - 27 Craig Adams - 59 Jayson Megna

3 Olli Maatta - 2 Matt Niskanen
47 Simon Despres - 4 Rob Scuderi
44 Brook Orpik - 41 Robert Bortuzzo

-The Coyotes did not hold a morning skate. Their primary lines and defensive pairings against the Rangers last night were:

36 Rob Klinkhammer - 50 Antoine Vermette - 89 Mikkel Boedkker
10 Martin Erat - 11 Martin Hanzal - 17 Radim Vrbata
38 Brandon McMillan - 63 Mike Ribeiro - 19 Shane Doane
24 Kyle Chipchura - 14 Jeff Halpern - 18 David Moss

23 Oliver Ekman-Larsson - 4 Zbynek Michalek
3 Keith Yandle - 53 Derek Morris
20 Chris Summer - 26 Michael Sone

Notes:

-The last time the Penguins played the Coyotes, this happened:

-The Penguins' magic number to clinch a playoff berth is two points. They can clinch if they get a win of any time or an overtime/shootout loss AND a loss of any type by the Capitals or a regulation loss by the Blue Jackets.

-Malkin will be sidelined two to three weeks due to a foot injury.

-Adams has 99 career assists.

-With Smith injured, the Coyotes recalled goaltender Mark Visentin from Portland of the AHL.

-Bissonnette has appeared in 199 career games.

-Our live blog begins at approximately 6 p.m. Please tune in.

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Michalek: 'Hockey is a business and I had to move on' - 03-25-14

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He was part of the other trade Ray Shero made the night of the first round in the 2012 entry draft held on the floor at Consol Energy Center.

A few hours after center Jordan Staal was dealt away, defenseman Zbynek Michalek was moved to the Coyotes in exchange for a few prospects and a draft pick.

For the Penguins, the primary reason for the trade was to clear some salary cap space in the form of a player who never quite fit in after being a free agent signing the summer of 2010.

For Michalek, it was a return to a place and situation where he experienced his greatest success as a professional.

Tonight, he will play in Consol Energy Center for the first time since that trade. Earlier today, he talked to Pittsburgh reporters about his return. While hesitant to go into details about his career with the Penguins, he was complimentary and honest about his two seasons in Pittsburgh:

Does this game carry any extra weight for you tonight?

"The schedule has been so busy and so hectic. It’s been crazy. I’m maybe still realizing I’m back but I’m sure it’s going to hit me tonight when I step on the ice. It brings back some memories. That’s part of being a hockey player. You move around. I look at it like it’s going to be a tough game and a big challenge for us."

How do you assess your time in Pittsburgh?

"I look at it like a good experience for myself as a player and as a person. Playing for a club that’s being watched by every angle by media, fans and everybody. It was a great experience in that regard. It didn’t work out for the team or myself when I was here. I look at it as a great experience. I think it helped me become a better player and a better person. I look at it and I’m happy the way the team treated me and my family. I enjoyed my time here. Met a lot of nice people. Hockey is a business and I had to move on."

You had success with Paul Martin as a shutdown defensive pairing in 2010-11 but struggled to he point you were broken up as a duo in 2011-12. What worked for you that first season and didn't work that second season?

"I don’t know. It’s hard to say. It’s way in the past. I don’t really remember what worked or did not. Here in Pittsburgh, everything goes by where you go in the playoffs and we lost in the first round both years. Everybody was disappointed. Changes had to happen. It’s behind me. I don’t really look at the past. I look at what’s now and what’s ahead of me. I’m happy where I am right now."

Why have you had your greatest success under Coyotes coach Dave Tippett?

"He’s a great coach. He’s a demanding coach. Every player has a role on the team and you rely on every single guy in the room to contribute. You really feel like you’re part of the team and that you can make a difference. If we don’t do that, you’re not a good enough team. We need every single guy to show up every night and he demands that from everybody. He’s a player’s coach. He played the game. He gives us a day off and how to practice and stuff. I have a good relationship with him. I feel like he trusts me and that’s really important for a player. That gives me a lot of confidence on the ice."

The Penguins have a unique system for puck retrieval which is demanding on defensemen. Was it a challenge to learn it?

"It’s a little different than any other system I played in. It takes sometime to get used to but it’s nothing you couldn’t get used to. It just takes a little bit of time. I think the coaching staff in Pittsburgh [does] a great job. They makes sure the new players that come in, they learn the system fast. We’re all professionals here at the highest level. We shouldn’t have any excuses or problems adjusting to any system."

Your daughter was born was in Pittsburgh. Is this trip back important for that?

"Definitely. Yeah. I’ll always have the memory that my daughter was born here. That’s a great memory that will stay with me the rest of my life. It will always remind me this was the place she was she was born. It’s always going to stay with me. That’s something we will never forget."

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