Coyotes start four-game road trip against red-hot Penguins

By Jesse Bonello

NHL: Edmonton Oilers at Arizona Coyotes
Arizona Coyotes goalie Mike Smith (41) and right wing Shane Doan (19) celebrate with teammates after beating the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 in a shootout at Gila River Arena. Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona is starting a four-game road trip tonight when they take on the Penguins in Pittsburgh.

The Coyotes are coming off of a 4-1 win against Nashville, which saw rookie Brendan Perlini score his first career NHL goal.

The win on Saturday night snapped a six-game losing streak, but road trips haven’t served the Coyotes well this year.

The Yotes have a 3-8-3 record on the road, which is among the worst road records in the league this season.

To make matters worse, the Coyotes, who struggle on the road, are playing one of the best home teams in the NHL tonight.

The Penguins are 11-2-1 at home this year and they’re coming into tonight’s game with a five-game winning streak.

Sidney Crosby leads the Penguins with 31 points in just 22 games and has points in his last seven games.

Radim Vrbata leads the Coyotes in points (18) and goals (eight).

Mike Smith is starting in net for the Coyotes. Smith has a 5-3-4 record and he made 44 saves in Saturday night’s win over the Predators.

Tonight’s game will be short-lived for the Coyotes. They’ll have to travel to Detroit to take on the Red Wings tomorrow night.

Puck drop in Pittsburgh is 7 p.m. EST.



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