Phoenix Coyotes at Pittsburgh Penguins Free NHL Picks & Odds
by Tony Sink - 3/24/2014
Tuesday, March 25, 6:00 PM on FSAZ, ROOT
CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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The Pittsburgh Penguins have done well against the Pacific Division all season, but the Phoenix Coyotes were able to beat them 3-1 on home ice the last time they faced each other. It was the first time the Penguins lost in regulation against a team in that division this season.
After Mike Ribeiro scored the first team for the hosts, Zbynek Michalek was able to get a goal of his own against his former teammates. This was the first time that Michalek had scored a goal in two years and that goal happened to be for the Penguins and against the Coyotes.
Evgeni Malkin scored his 16th goal of the season late in the third period, but Radim Vrbata answered early in the third to secure the win for Phoenix.
Coyotes goalie Mike Smith didn't have a very busy night, but he was able to stop 23 of the 24 shots he faced and earned the first star. Ribeiro ended up with a goal and an assist on the night.
What seemed to help the Coyotes win the game was their physicality and solid defense throughout the contest. They out-hit the Penguins 26-18, but stayed disciplined and were only put on the penalty kill twice. It also must have helped that they sold out their stadium for only the second time on the season, which seemed to energize their players.
Phoenix is 13-22 straight up on the road this season
Phoenix is 15-20-0 against the over/under on the road this season
Pittsburgh is 25-7 straight up at home this season
Pittsburgh is 19-13-1 against the over/under at home this season
Injuries to Watch
03/20/14 D David Schlemko Foot out indefinitely
12/23/13 RW Pascal Dupuis Knee out for season
03/22/14 C Joe Vitale Upper Body questionable
02/25/14 RW Beau Bennett Wrist expected to miss 3-4 weeks
02/25/14 RW Chris Conner Foot out 4-6 weeks
02/21/14 D Paul Martin Hand expected to miss a month
02/07/14 D Kris Letang Heart out indefinitely
Tony's Pick: Take Pittsburgh
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