02:00 Arizona Coyotes – Pittsburgh Penguins

Pittsburgh has been an absolute disaster when it matters most in recent years, and right now they’re slumping badly as they head down the stretch. The Penguins are in jeopardy of dropping into a wild card spot now that they are tied at 88 points with the Washington Capitals. That would most likely ensure a first round match up with either the Montreal Canadiens or New York Rangers in the opening round of the playoffs.
The Coyotes are an absolute mess (as they have been most of the season) and enter Saturday’s affair on a six-game losing streak. They’ve essentially stopped scoring goals as they have a total of five goals in their last six. They are the league’s lowest scoring team since the All-Star break, averaging just 1.60 goals per outing. Meanwhile, the 3.12 that they’re allowing in that span is the third-worst number in the NHL. The -1.52 goals per game that they are getting outscored by is also a league-worst number. In desperate need of offense, the Pittsburgh Penguins might finally have their leading goal-scorer back on the ice.
Mired in their longest regulation skid in three seasons, the Penguins could have Evgeni Malkin available Saturday night when they try to avoid a fifth straight defeat and extend the Arizona Coyotes’ misery at home.

In Arizona the Coyotes continue to freefall and the only thing that’s going to stop it is the end of the season. The Coyotes (21-42-8) have dropped six straight, 16 of 17 and have not recorded more than two non-shootout goals while being outscored 50-20 during a 1-12-2 home stretch.

I’m going to roll with Pittsburgh here.

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