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Tocchet to face Pittsburgh for first time as Arizona coach

by Wes Crosby / Correspondent

COYOTES (2-12-2) at PENGUINS (8-6-2)



The Game

Arizona Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet will face his former team for the first time this season when the Coyotes play the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena on Tuesday.

Tocchet won the Stanley Cup in each of the previous two seasons as a Penguins assistant before the Coyotes hired him July 11. He also won the Cup as a player with the Penguins in 1992, when he had 19 points (six goals, 13 assists) in 14 games during the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Though it's difficult to ignore Tocchet's return, the Penguins are more focused on rebounding from a 1-3-1 road trip fueled by a lack of offense. Pittsburgh has failed to score more than two goals in seven of its past eight games.

The Penguins could receive a boost with defenseman Justin Schultz potentially returning from a concussion. Schultz will be a game-time decision, coach Mike Sullivan said.


Players to watch

Coyotes forward Clayton Keller has scored one goal in each of his past two games and is fourth in the NHL with 11 goals this season.

Penguins center Sidney Crosby has struggled to produce offensively with three assists in his past eight games after scoring 10 points (five goals, five assists) in his first eight games.


They said it

"We're a young team and we have to learn. Sometimes when you're tired, it's like my old buddy Mike Sullivan says, you can't be tired." -- Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet

"He's a great friend. He's a loyal guy. … I can't say enough about him." -- Penguins coach Mike Sullivan, on Tocchet


Coyotes projected lineup

Clayton Keller -- Derek Stepan -- Brendan Perlini

Max Domi -- Christian Dvorak -- Christian Fischer

Jordan Martinook -- Brad Richardson -- Nick Cousins

Zac Rinaldo -- Mario Kempe -- Tobias Rieder

Oliver Ekman-Larsson -- Jason Demers

Alex Goligoski -- Dakota Mermis

Kevin Connauton -- Luke Schenn

Antti Raanta

Scott Wedgewood

Scratched: Anthony Duclair, Michael Sislo

Injured: Jakob Chychrun (knee), Niklas Hjalmarsson (lower body)


Penguins projected lineup

Conor Sheary -- Sidney Crosby -- Patric Hornqvist

Jake Guentzel -- Evgeni Malkin -- Phil Kessel

Carl Hagelin -- Riley Sheahan -- Bryan Rust

Tom Kuhnhackl -- Greg McKegg -- Ryan Reaves

Olli Maatta -- Kris Letang

Ian Cole -- Justin Shultz

Brian Dumoulin -- Chad Ruhwedel

Matt Murray

Tristan Jarry

Scratched: Josh Archibald, Zach Trotman, Frank Corrado

Injured: Matt Hunwick (concussion), Carter Rowney (hand)


Status report

The Coyotes recalled Sislo and assigned goalie Louis Domingue to Tucson of the American Hockey League. … Hunwick will miss his 11th consecutive game despite practicing Monday and participating in the morning skate Tuesday.


Stat pack

Arizona earned at least one point in two consecutive games for the first time this season when it won 2-1 in a shootout against the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday before losing 3-2 in overtime to the Washington Capitals on Monday. … The Penguins have shut out the Coyotes by a combined score of 13-0 in Arizona's past two visits to PPG Paints Arena.

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