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Saturday, January 27th (All times eastern)

Pittsburgh Penguins (22-17-8) at Phoenix Coyotes (23-24-2), 9 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Pittsburgh Penguins continue their push towards a possible playoff spot this evening, where the up-and-coming club visits the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena.

Pittsburgh has won four of its last five games and moved past the New York Rangers and Toronto and into sole possession of eighth place in the Eastern Conference standings with Friday's thrilling shootout win at Dallas. Erik Christensen had the only goal during the deciding phase to give the Penguins a 4-3 victory.

Mark Recchi scored the 499th and 500th goals of his career to help Pittsburgh prevail, while Ryan Whitney and NHL scoring leader Sidney Crosby each finished with a pair of assists. Marc-Andre Fleury gave a strong effort between the pipes, making 32 saves in regulation and stopping all three Dallas skaters in the shootout.

Recchi became the 38th player in league history to reach the milestone when he tied the contest at 3-3 on a power-play goal with 8:01 left in the third period.

Whitney has now registered an assist in six straight games, while teammate Michel Ouellet is also currently riding a six-game scoring streak. Ouellet had an assist in Friday's triumph and has compiled two goals and eight helpers during his run.

The Penguins, who have not made the postseason since 2000-01, have amassed 25 goals as a team over their last five outings.

Phoenix also came out of the All-Star break with a shootout victory, as Ladislav Nagy had the clinching goal in the Coyotes' 5-4 triumph over Colorado at the Pepsi Center.

All-Star Yanic Perreault scored a pair of third-period goals to rally Phoenix back from a 4-2 deficit. Curtis Joseph denied all three Avalanche players in the shootout and ended with 23 saves for the Coyotes, who halted a 10-game winless streak in Denver.

Tonight's contest marks the first matchup between these clubs since February 25, 2004, when the Penguins skated away with a 4-3 overtime win in Glendale. Pittsburgh had lost six in a row to the Coyotes prior to that victory and snapped a seven-game road winless streak in the series with that triumph.

The Penguins are just 1-5-2 (two ties) all-time in Arizona.

01/27 10:45:43 ET


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