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Pre-Game Capsule: Coyotes at Penguins

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

GAME 17:

Coyotes (2-12-2) at Penguins (8-6-2)

Arizona will play the second game of a three-game road trip vs. the Penguins on Tuesday night in Pittsburgh.

WHERE: PPG Paints Arena

WHEN: 5 p.m. (AZ time)

TV: FOX Sports Arizona 


Video: Tocchet on Returning to Pittsburgh


• Arizona, which earned a point vs. Washington on Monday in the first of three road games in four nights, will be looking to end a three-game losing streak in games played at Pittsburgh. The Penguins outscored Arizona, 16-2, in the past three games between the teams in the Steel City.

• Coyotes Head Coach Rick Tocchet will coach against the Penguins for the first time since leaving Pittsburgh after a successful stint there as an assistant coach. Tocchet helped guide the Penguins to back-to-back Stanley Cup titles the past two seasons.

"It's great for me, coming back, I get a chance to see old friends," Tocchet said. "But it's a quick trip for us. It's actually better for me because when you're here too long you might get distracted. I'm really concentrating on this game. I'm really anxious to see how our team responds to this tough environment. It's a good measuring stick. I'm embracing it. I'm really excited about this." 

Antti Raanta, who did not play on Monday vs. Washington, will start in goal for Arizona, seeking a second consecutive win. Raanta is 1-2-1 this season, with a 3.13 goals-against average and a .911 save percentage. Tuesday's game at Pittsburgh will be Raanta's 100th in the NHL.

Tobias Rieder has scored four goals vs. Pittsburgh in six games since breaking into the NHL in 2014-15. That's 8.88 percent of his goals. 

• Arizona recalled forward Michael Sislo from the American Hockey League on Tuesday. Sislo, 29, has played 42 NHL games, all with New Jersey. He notched four goals and two assists in nine games for Tucson (AHL) before the recall. Per Head Coach Rick Tocchet, Sislo was recalled just in case an extra forward is needed. Tocchet said there are a few bumps and bruises among the group. Should he play, Sislo will wear sweater No. 51. 

• Pittsburgh posted a 1-3-1 record in its past five games, all road games played since the most recent home game on Oct. 26. Goalie Matt Murray has thrived at PPG Paints Arena; dating to last season, and including the playoffs, Murray is 11-0-1 in his past 12 home games.

Tweet from @ArizonaCoyotes: Tonight's projected lineup. #ARIvsPIT


• "I think we're getting better and better, but obviously not good enough right now. We still have to work on getting better and try to clean some areas up ... It's not easy to win in this league so we've got to show up every single game and work hard ... Tonight we have to realize that it's a back-to-back and we're playing against a good team, so we don't have to play pretty. We have to just take some pressure away, chip it out if we have to, and live for another day." -- Oliver Ekman-Larsson

• "He's really underrated. He's not a flashy guy so you're not going to see him all over social media with his plays, but he's a really, really good 200-foot player who can secretly put up points." -- Christian Fischer on linemate Christian Dvorak, who is tied for second on the team in assists (seven) and tied for third in points (nine)

• "You have to stay above them. You've got to be really smart and diligent with the puck. If you lose puck battles and you don't stay above people, then you're going to be in for a tough night ... Crosby, Malkin, Kessel, those guys you have to stay above and make them go through you, and you have to make them play 200 feet. Don't make it an easy game for them. If it is an easy game, they'll light it up." -- Rick Tocchet 

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