NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Thursday, October 30th (All times eastern)
Pittsburgh Penguins (5-3-2) at Phoenix Coyotes (3-4-0), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Pittsburgh Penguins will try to prevent their losing streak from reaching three games tonight, as they stay out west to take on the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena.
The Penguins have lost two straight -- one in overtime -- following a three- game win streak, dropping a 2-1 contest in San Jose. Pittsburgh mustered just 11 shots in the game.
Ruslan Fedotenko scored late in the third period, and Danny Sabourin stopped 32 shots for the Penguins.
Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin had assists. Malkin is second in the NHL in points with 15, while also being tied for the league-lead in assists with 12. The Russian has just an assist in two career games versus the Coyotes.
Crosby, meanwhile, has posted a goal and four helpers in two games versus the Wayne Gretzky-lead Coyotes, and will try to show off for The Great One again tonight.
Pittsburgh is 2-1-1 on the road and wrap a four-game trip in St. Louis on Saturday.
The Coyotes had won their first two home games of the season before Saturday's 4-1 loss in Phoenix to Calgary. Todd Fedoruk had the lone goal for Phoenix, which concludes a four-game homestand on Saturday against Minnesota.
Making his second start of the season, Mikael Tellqvist allowed three goals on 35 shots in the loss.
The Coyotes added depth to their roster on Tuesday, claiming defenseman Ken Klee off waivers from the Ducks. Anaheim had acquired Klee, 37, just prior to the season by way of trade.
Pittsburgh has won its last three versus Phoenix after enduring a six-game losing streak to the Coyotes. That includes a win in two straight in Phoenix., where the club is 2-5 with a pair of ties in nine meetings.
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