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East meets West on a light Wednesday schedule

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There are only two games on Wednesday night's schedule, both of them matching a team from the East against one from the West.

The Phoenix Coyotes continue their season-opening trip with rare visit to Mellon Arena for a meeting with the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins (7:30 ET, NHL Network, TSN).

The Coyotes are coming off a stunning 6-3 opening-night victory at Los Angeles, giving new coach Dave Tippett a victory in his debut with Phoenix. The Coyotes have been to Pittsburgh just once since 2003 -- they lost 3-1 in December 2007. The teams met last season in Phoenix, with the Coyotes winning 4-1.

The Penguins don't seem to be suffering from any Stanley Cup hangover. They opened the season with a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers at home on Friday, then rallied for a 4-3 road win over the Islanders the next night. Sidney Crosby had goals in both games.

Out West, the Vancouver Canucks will try for their first victory of the season when the Montreal Canadiens come to G.M. Place (10 p.m. ET, TSN, RDS).

The Canucks, expected to contend for the Northwest Division title, have lost all three of their games -- including a 5-3 loss to Columbus in their home opener on Monday. All-Star goaltender Roberto Luongo has struggled -- he surrendered seven goals in two road losses, then was pulled on Monday after allowing four goals in less than two periods.

The Canadiens have yet to play a game at home -- but they're doing just fine on the road, winning 4-3 at Toronto and 2-1 in Buffalo, both in overtime. Newcomer Brian Gionta has scored in both games, including the game-winner at Buffalo on Saturday. Goaltender Carey Price was superb in both games.

The Canadiens used to own the Canucks, but things have turned around in the last 10 years. Vancouver is 10-1-1 in its last 12 games against the Canadiens, who haven't won in the Pacific Northwest since Nov. 30, 2000. Montreal still leads the all-time series 76-27-13-1.

Here are NHL.com's previews for the two Wednesday night games.

Phoenix at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m.               
Montreal at Vancouver, 10 p.m.    
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