When the 2009-10 schedule came out, this game probably wasn’t one you looked at and said, “Man, that will be a good one.”
Phoenix Coyotes (1-0-0) vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (2-0-0)
However, after Phoenix’s 6-3 win at Los Angeles — a team expected to be much improved this season — the Coyotes should give the Penguins a tough test in just their third game of the season.
As we all know, Phoenix is right where the Penguins were not too long ago — fighting to complete on the ice while fighting to stay put off it. The Coyotes’ future might be more up in the air than the Penguins’ ever was.
After one game, it appears the on-ice fight might be one they can win this year.
Radim Vrbata leads the team with 2 goals while 11 players registered at least one point in the season-opener against the Kings. Goaltender Ilja Bryzgalov played well in net in that game, stopping 91% of the shots he faced.
Maybe most intriguing for Pens fans is the return of Robert Lang to the Mellon Arena. Lang provided many memorable moments for the Penguins in his time in Pittsburgh, totaling 94 goals and 145 assists in four seasons.
Probably the most memorable moment Lang contributed to for the Pens was his assist on Darius Kasparaitis’ overtime winner in Buffalo…
The Penguins will likely feature the same lineup as the first two games given their 2-0-0 record.
Best case scenario tonight would be to jump out early and provide themselves a third-period cushion on the scoreboard considering they travel to Philadelphia tomorrow night. They’ll need the energy and have another overtime fight is not the best way to go in to that rivalry.
Chris | PPT