Pens Pre-Game #15: Penguins vs. Coyotes- Trying To Stop The Tailspin
PENS GAME #15: PENGUINS VS. COYOTES
The Penguins are looking for any life. They're still in the loss column and now for a stunning 5 games in a row. They dropped yet another to the Caps on Wednesday, 2-1. Evgeni Malkin got ejected. The entire team got dejected. And tonight they face the Arizona Coyotes at home and will attempt to find any possible spark to turn their losing luck around. Pittsburgh Penguins (6-5-3) vs. Arizona Coyotes (7-6-1) at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA at 7:30PM (EST) The Pens are still at sea and running out of time to turn things around before the team is forced to make major changes. Their next chance to do so is vs. the Coyotes this evening. Pittsburgh has only managed to score 4 goals at all in their last 4 games played and they're going up against a Arizona team who has made a name of late as a stingy group. They've allowed only 34 goals against all year and their penalty kill is fantastic. It's been one of the most buzzed about topics in the league recently. So the Penguins are in a bad way, not scoring much, going up against a ungenerous opponent for offenses, and under tons of pressure to keep from going to a 6th loss in a row. It's not easy to be a Pittsburgh Penguin right about now. On to the game details.... PENS BULLET POINTS MATCH-UP INFORMATIONAL BREAKDOWN -Goalie Match-Up- Casey DeSmith: 27-years-old, 6’0”/181lb, 1 year NHL Veteran, Undrafted (Records- 2018-19: 2W-1L-2OTL in 8GP; Last Season: 6W-4L-1OTL in 14GP; Career: 7W-5L-3OTL in 22GP | Goals Against Average- 2018-19: 2.25, Last Season: 2.40; Career: 2.36) VS. Darcy Kuemper: 28-years-old, 6'5"/215lb, 6 year NHL Veteran, 2009 Round 6 Draft Pick (Records- 2018-19: 2W-2L-1OTL in 5GP; Last Season: 2W-6L-2OTL in 10GP; Career: 55W-43L-20OTL in 136GP | Goals Against Average- 2018-19: 2.61; Last Season: 3.22; Career: 2.58) -Team Face-Off- Current Standings: Penguins: 15 Points, Metropolitan Division- 7th, Eastern Conference- 12th Coyotes: 15 Points, Pacific Division- 6th, Western Conference- 11th Current Streaks: Penguins: 5 Losses Coyotes: 1 Loss Goals For & Against: Penguins: Goals For- 47; Goals Against- 47 Coyotes: Goals For- 41; Goals Against- 34 Home vs. Away Records: Penguins Home Record: 2-4-1 Coyotes Away Record: 3-3-1 Team Physical Averages: Penguins: Average Size- 6'1"/199lbs, Average Age- 28.04 Coyotes: Average Size- 6'1"/196lbs, Average Age- 25.69 Team Alumni: Penguins Alumni for ARI: Josh Archibald, Alex Goligoski (+), Head Coach Rick Tocchet, Ast. General Manager Steve Sullivan Coyotes Alumni for PIT: Head Coach Mike Sullivan Local Players: Penguins ARI Locals: None Coyotes PIT Locals: None -Team Leaders- Penguins: -Goals- #1-Malkin/Kessel (7), #2-Crosby (6), #3-Guentzel (5) -Assists- #1-Malkin (13), #2-Kessel (9), #3-Crosby/Letang (8) -Points- #1-Malkin (20), #2-Kessel (16), #3- Crosby (14) -Shots- #1-Letang (41), #2-Kessel (36), #3-Hornqvist (35) Coyotes: -Goals- #1- Keller/Richardson (5), #2-Grabner/Fischer (4), #3-Stepan/Hinostroza/ Panik(3) -Assists- #1-Ekman-Larsson (8), #2-Keller/Goligoski (6), #3-Grabner (5) -Points- #1-Keller (11), #2-Ekman-Larsson (10), #3-Grabner (9) -Shots- #1-Stepan (41), #2-Ekman-Larsson (37), #3-Cousins/Fischer (36) -Penguins vs. Coyotes History- Cup Count: Pens- 5, Coyotes- 0 Season Series vs. Coyotes: 0-0, First game Last Season Series vs. Coyotes: 2W- 0L (With 7 Goals For, 3 Goals Against) All-Time Record vs. Coyotes: 45W-29L-3T-1OTL in 78GP All-Time Record of Coyotes at PPG Paints Arena: 1W-6L-0OTL in 7GP FINISHING FACTS FINAL NOTES ON THE GAME -Pens Roster Moves: Juuso Riikola is in the line-up tonight in place of Jamie Oleksiak. And Casey DeSmith will start over Matt Murray. Neither move is due to injury. -For the Coyotes: Former Penguin Alex Goligoski will miss tonight's game due to injury, while fellow ex-Pen Josh Archibald is questionable but still a possibility to play, also due to injury. -The last time the Penguins lost 5 games in a row was in 2015-16, December 11-19, 2015 to be exact. Which included Mike Johnston's last game as Penguins' coach, and the first 4 games coached by current HC Mike Sullivan. -The Penguins have won their last 4 straight home games played against the Coyotes. With 19 goals for and 3 against during that span. -Evgeni Malkin has scored at least 1 point in 11 of 14 games played against the Coyotes. -The Coyotes have only ever won 1 game at PPG Paints Arena since it's opening in 2010-11, in a total of 7 games played there. -Arizona has a remarkable 9 short handed goals so far this year. -There are still 2 milestone scenarios up for grabs- Kris Letang is 1 assist from tying Syl Apps for 6th on the Pens' All-Time Assists list at 349. -And Matt Murray is 1 shutout from overtaking Johan Hedberg as sole #4 on the Pens' All-Time Shutouts list with 8. PENS P.S. EXTRA MISC. THOUGHTS & INFO *The WBS Pens lost to the Providence Bruins, 2-1, in OT on Friday. It brings their record to 7-4-1 on the year and has them standing 4th in their division. *The Baby Pens next game is tonight vs. the Hartford Wolf Pack at 7PM. *A reminder for all game attendees, that the Penguins next home game on Thursday vs. Tampa Bay is their first gold "third jersey" game of their season, so may want to dress accordingly. *And remember you can still bid on the Penguins' special purple "Hockey Fights Cancer" Night practice jerseys worn before Monday's game online HERE.
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