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COYOTES WORK ON PENALTY KILLING

by Dave Vest / Arizona Coyotes
Not content to bask in the glory of their dominating 6-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings to open the 2009-10 season, the Coyotes opted to focus on what went wrong Saturday night at Monday's practice.


"We've got lots of work to do," Head Coach Dave Tippett said Monday. "The old saying - 'if it's not broke, don't fix it' - well, I go by 'if it's not broke, you haven't looked hard enough.' So, that's where we are today... I like this group. They've got a lot of enthusiasm. They're jumping in, putting the work in and hopefully that gets us the results we want. "

Head Coach Dave Tippett.  (AP Photo)
Specifically, the Coyotes worked on their penalty killing, which failed them three out of four times against the Kings.

"We have a few areas that we want to try and clean up there," Tippett said. When asked to elaborate on what they addressed, Tippett said: "A little bit of everything. First and foremost, your best penalty killing is going to be not to take penalties. That would be the first one. The second one probably goes to your goaltender. The third one is you'd better know what you're doing as a group. That will be the agenda for the next (few days)."

Defenseman Kurt Sauer said the unit must play better on Wednesday against the Pittsburgh Penguins or the end result could be ugly.

"We've got to get more organized out there," Sauer said. "...We have to be a lot better (vs. Pittsburgh). What we gave up to LA was just way too much. We were just making it way too easy for them and if we do that against Pittsburgh, then the same thing is going to happen." 

• Forward Taylor Pyatt, who suffered a lower-body injury in a preseason game, skated in full gear for the first time on Monday, albeit not with his teammates. Pyatt does not plan to make the trip with the team to Pittsburgh and Buffalo this week, but he hopes to rejoin them on the ice after they return.

Pyatt
"I'm hoping in another week or a week and a half to be back in the lineup," Pyatt said. "It felt good to be out there in full gear. I pushed it pretty hard and I was able to shoot some pucks and it felt good. A few more skates (alone) and I'll be back with the team."

Starting an NHL season on the injured-reserve list is a first for Pyatt.

"It's kind of disappointing to miss the first game," Pyatt said. "You train hard all summer and look forward to training camp. But I'm feeling good now and hopefully I'll be back (in a game) sooner rather than later."




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