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‘Yotes Notes: Team Shifts Focus to Homestand After Poor Trip

by Dave Vest / Arizona Coyotes

The Coyotes headed back to Arizona on Monday night after a humbling 6-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Consol Energy Center.

The defeat capped a forgettable 0-5-0 road trip.

“Nobody played very well,” Head Coach Dave Tippett said. “…There's a couple games on this trip I thought we deserved a win. Certainly this wasn't one of them."

Arizona next plays Thursday at home vs. Anaheim. It’s the first game of a two-game homestand that concludes against Florida on Saturday.

“We’re in a position now where we’ve got to get the new players assimilated with our team,” Tippett said, referring to multiple forwards the team added over the past few days before the NHL trade deadline hit on Monday. “We’ll go home and get some rest after a tough trip, and play a couple of home games and see if we can play a little better.”

With 19 games left to play, captain Shane Doan said better efforts are needed immediately.

“We were horrendous and we can’t be that bad,” Doan said.

• The Coyotes were credited with 46 hits in the game compared to Pittsburgh’s 16.

The stat did not impress Tippett.

“Guys are running around trying, but that just means you’re late on things and you don’t have the puck,” Tippett said. “That’s artificial energy. That says to me that your team is either tired or behind in the pace of the game, and that’s what we were.”

• Newcomers Jiri Sekac and Sergei Plotnikov made their debuts with the Coyotes on Monday.

Sekac, whom Arizona claimed off waivers on Saturday, skated 12:23, delivered four hits and blocked a shot. He wore sweater No. 36.

Plotnikov came to the Coyotes early Monday in a trade made with the Penguins. He logged 12:10, took one shot on goal, delivered six hits and blocked a shot. He wore sweater No.43, but will switch to No. 61 for the rest of the season.

• Center Kyle Chipchura won 10 of 14 face-offs.

• Defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson said it was strange playing a game without good friend Mikkel Boedker on the team. The Coyotes traded Boedker to Colorado on Monday.

"I've been playing with him since I got here," Ekman-Larsson said. "I've never been without him. It feels weird but I'm sure we're going to stay in touch."

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