The Pittsburgh Penguins take on the Phoenix Coyotes at home tonight. The Pens are riding a 5 game winning streak, whereas the Coyotes are 7-2-1 in their last 10, but the 2 losses have come consecutively. This is a real opportunity for the Pens to continue their overall Home dominance and stretch this to 6 wins.
In order to do this, it will take another total team effort like they got against Colorado on Saturday night. Malkin scored, what else is new, but they also were able to get scoring from the likes of Derek Engelland, Aaron Asham, and Richard Park. They were also able to get an Empty netter from the least likely source, Steve Sullivan.
Not because he is not good enough, it is just because he was a game time decision. He was hurt the game before with a lower body injury that drove him from that game in the third period not to return. This is one of the real difficult things with NHL Hockey, they keep the injuries almost secret, so it is fairly difficult to figure out what the injury was. None the less, he was able to come back and he played a significant part in the 5-1 victory. Expect Tyler Kennedy to make his return tonight also coming off of an injury.
The Coyotes come into tonight’s matchup losers of their last 2 games. They were playing very well the previous 7 games. They are led by a real Penguin killer in Ray Whitney, who is having another strong season with a team leading 59 points. Their sniper is Radim Vrbata, who has 34 goals on the season, and is second on the team in points with 54 points. Shane Doan also is having a good season with 20 goals and assists each. Mike Smith the goalie has logged 52 games with a 2.29 goals against average. He also has had 4 shut outs, and is overwhelmingly one of the chief reasons this team is in the position that it currently is. Mike is one of the Dominant Goalies in Hockey and he proves that each and every night out.
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