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Coyotes trade Boedker, face Penguins

Arizona also acquires forward Plotnikov from Pittsburgh

by Wes Crosby / Correspondent

COYOTES (27-29-6) at PENGUINS (31-21-8)

TV: 7 p.m. ET; FS-A, ROOT, NHL.TV

PITTSBURGH - After a flurry of trades, the Arizona Coyotes' lineup will have a different look against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Consol Energy Center on Monday. 

The Coyotes made their biggest move prior to the 2016 NHL Trade Deadline when they acquired forwards Alex Tanguay and Conner Bleackley, and defenseman Kyle Wood, from the Colorado Avalanche for forward Mikkel Boedker. In 62 games this season, Boedker was third on the Coyotes with 39 points.

The trade will impact Arizona's second line, where Boedker played right wing. The Coyotes held an optional morning skate Monday, so the exact change won't be known until pregame warm-ups. 

The Penguins acquired forwards Dustin Jeffrey and Dan O'Donoghue, and defenseman James Melindy, from the Coyotes for forward Matia Marcantuoni. Jeffrey was reassigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League. O'Donoghue and Melindy were re-assigned to Wheeling of the ECHL.

The Penguins will be without forward Conor Sheary, who sustained an upper-body injury against the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday and was re-assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Monday. Pittsburgh held an optional morning skate, so it's uncertain how it will compensate for the hole Sheary leaves in its bottom six.

Several Penguins were trying to focus on the game Monday and ignore the trade deadline, which passed Monday at 3 p.m.

"When it comes down to it, you really don't have much control over that," defenseman Ian Cole said. "You just try to stay positive and not try to think about it."

In an earlier trade, the Coyotes acquired forward Sergei Plotnikov from the Penguins for forward Matthias Plachta and a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.

Plotnikov could debut against the Penguins, Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said, but his status is unknown. Forward Jiri Sekac could also debut two days after being claimed off waivers from the Chicago Blackhawks.

Forward Viktor Tikhonov left the Coyotes on Sunday to be with his wife, who is set to give birth Monday.

"We're just trying to figure the whole puzzle out," Tippett said. "There's just a lot of moving parts [around the trade deadline] … Every player should go out there and just prepare for the game like he would and when the puck drops, we forget about all this stuff."

Here are the projected lineups:


Tobias Rieder - Martin Hanzal - Anthony Duclair

Jordan Martinook - Antoine Vermette - Jiri Sekac

Max Domi - Brad Richardson - Shane Doan

Tyler Gaudet - Kyle Chipchura - Sergei Plotnikov

Oliver Ekman-Larsson - Connor Murphy

Klas Dahlbeck - Zbynek Michalek

Kevin Connauton - Michael Stone

Louis Domingue

Niklas Treutle

Injured: Joe Vitale (upper body), Mike Smith (lower body), Boyd Gordon (upper body), Anders Lindback (lower body)

Scratched: Viktor Tikhonov, Nicklas Grossman, Jarred Tinordi, Alex Tanguay


Chris Kunitz - Sidney Crosby - Patric Hornqvist

Carl Hagelin - Evgeni Malkin - Phil Kessel

Scott Wilson - Nick Bonino - Bryan Rust

Kevin Porter - Matt Cullen - Tom Kuhnhackl

Olli Maatta - Kris Letang

Trevor Daley - Brian Dumoulin

Ian Cole - Derrick Pouliot

Marc-Andre Fleury

Jeff Zatkoff

Matthew Murray

Injured: Beau Bennett (upper body), Eric Fehr (lower body), Ben Lovejoy (upper body)

Scratched: David Warsofsky, Justin Schultz

Status report: Fleury will start for Pittsburgh. … Malkin participated in the Penguins' morning skate after taking a maintenance day Sunday … Schultz, acquired from the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday, isn't expected to arrive in Pittsburgh until Wednesday or Thursday because of immigration issues.

Who's hot: Letang has scored six points in his past five games. Letang ranks sixth among NHL defensemen with 46 points … Ekman-Larsson, who leads Arizona with 48 points, has 14 points in his past 12 games.

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