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Nick Cousins told Pittsburgh goalie Matt Murray that he was going to score on his high glove side Saturday and he did.

The two were teammates in junior hockey and commented before the game during warmups that he was going to beat him. It came to fruition with nine seconds left in the second period when Cousins received a great pass from Brad Richardson and deposited the puck into the net, high glove side on Murray. It’s funny," Cousins said. "In warmup I saw him there ... He just sort of laughed, so it’s funny how it worked out. High glove, right? So I’ll give him a text after the game and give it to him a little bit." Cousins has four goals and five points in 25 games this season.
Dec 17 - 6:22 AM

Max Domi was moved to center on Saturday as he was between Clayton Keller and Christian Fischer.

Coach Rick Tocchet was obviously not happy with his lines and also moved Dylan Strome to the wing as he played with Christian Dvorak and Anthony Duclair. The move back to center (he last played there in junior) should help Domi, if he is able to stick, as he scored his third of the season Saturday. "I just wanted to shake it up," Tocchet said. "Maybe loosen (Max) up, he’s been struggling and a little tight lately. I just wanted to try something different. It’s unfair to him because he hasn’t practiced there. He’s played in juniors but that was a long time ago. I just sprung it on him this morning and he said, 'Let’s do it.' ... I want to kind of experiment and see what he does there." Domi has 18 points in 35 games with a minus-13 rating. Keep him off your roster for now.
Dec 17 - 6:14 AM

Antti Raanta made 29 saves on 32 shots in a 4-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night.

It hasn't been that easy of a time for Antti Raanta in goal this season. He was already in tough against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday before allowing three goals in an outing for the fifth time this season. Raanta's record falls to 4-8-2 with a 2.80 GAA and a .918 save percentage.
Source: NHL.com
Dec 16 - 11:44 PM

Clayton Keller registered his 13th assist in a 4-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night.

Keller assisted on the Coyotes' second goal of the game, scored by Max Domi. Nick Cousins scored the Coyotes other goal. Keller now has 12 goals and 25 points in 35 games this season.
Source: NHL.com
Dec 16 - 11:36 PM

Recently recalled forward Nick Merkley will not dress tonight against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Merkley was selected 30th overall in 2015 and has yet to play at the NHL level. He will be joined in the press box by Joel Hanley.
Dec 16 - 7:51 PM

The Arizona Coyotes will have Antti Raanta in goal tonight against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Raanta stopped 44 shots but suffered the loss on Thursday against the Lightning. He is coming into the game with a 4-7-2 record, a 2.79 goals against average and .919 save percentage.
Dec 16 - 7:37 PM

Arizona Coyotes head coach Rick Tocchet said forward Christian Fischer is stitched up and ready to roll tonight against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Fischer was injured after taking a puck to the face, he did not return to the game. Fishcer has 14 points in 32 games this season, but has gone pointless in his last four games. He should not be owned in fantasy leagues.
Dec 16 - 6:15 PM

Zac Rinaldo, who has missed Thursday's game and Friday's practice with the flu, will be a game-time decision Saturday night against the Penguins.

In the event Rinaldo can't answer the bell, Nick Merkley, who was recalled from the AHL Friday, night dress in his Rinaldo's place.
Source: Coyotes.com
Dec 16 - 1:13 PM

Derek Stepan has been very productive on home ice this season.

In 13 games at the Gila River Arena, Stepan has 13 points. In addition he currently has a six-game points streak at home. With the Coyotes hosting the Penguins Saturday night, you might want to consider activating Stepan.
Source: Coyotes.com
Dec 16 - 1:10 PM

Antti Raanta is the Coyotes' probable starter for Saturday night's game against Pittsburgh.

Raanta was brilliant in a losing effort on Thursday turning aside 44 shots in a 4-1 loss to Tampa. For the season he sports a 4-7-2 record with a 2.79 goals-against-average and a .919 save percentage. Raanta will be in tough Saturday against a Penguins' squad that has had trouble scoring lately but might be ready to explode.
Dec 16 - 1:05 PM

The Arizona Coyotes recalled Nick Merkley from the AHL on Friday.

He wasn't able to participate in Coyotes training camp because he was out with a torn ACL, but he's healthy and ready to prove himself now. The 20-year-old was selected in the first round, 30th overall, in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. Merkley has never played in an NHL game, but he's been ripping it up in the AHL this season. He currently has 12 goals and 12 assists in 20 AHL games. It'll be interesting to see if the rebuilding Coyotes give him a real shot to stick with the club.
Dec 15 - 11:11 PM

Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet wasn't happy with what he saw from Arizona in its 4-1 loss to Tampa Bay on Thursday.

"Some guys just kind of gave in," Tocchet said. "I mean, they’re a hell of a hockey team. That (power play) helped the demise for our game tonight … Very, very soft. I hate soft plays, I hate soft players. We were soft tonight." It's the latest setback in what has been a painful campaign for Arizona. The Coyotes are last in the NHL with a 9-22-5 record. Rather than turn things around, Arizona has now lost five straight games.
Dec 15 - 6:34 AM

Antti Raanta allowed four goals on 48 shots in a 4-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night.

Raanta has now lost back-to-back decisions for the first time since Nov. 11-14. He didn't many goals on his side as well. Raanta's record falls to 4-7-2 with a 2.79 goals-against-average and a .919 save percentage.
Source: NHL.com
Dec 15 - 12:41 AM

Clayton Keller scored his first goal since Nov. 6 on Thursday, in a 4-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Keller hadn't scored in 17 straight games for the Coyotes prior to Thursday night's loss. He was the only Coyote to score in the 4-1 game. Keller now has 12 goals and 24 points in 34 games this season
Source: NHL.com
Dec 15 - 12:39 AM

The Arizona Coyotes acquired Ryan Kujawinski from the New Jersey Devils for Michael Latta.

Kujawinski was selected by the Devils in the third round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. The 22-year-old has never played in an NHL game. He has one goal and one assist in five games this season.
Dec 14 - 11:30 PM


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