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Pittsburgh Penguins (16-14-3)


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Penguins, Coyotes facing similar issues ahead of matchup

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Looking at the big picture, the Pittsburgh Penguins and Arizona Coyotes couldn't be more dissimilar. The Penguins are coming off consecutive Stanley Cup wins. The Coyotes only infrequently win consecutive games.

But, right now, Mike Sullivan of Pittsburgh and Rick Tocchet of Arizona -- coaches who shared the same bench last season -- are going through very similar problems, even if the talent levels and records of their clubs are far different.

The Penguins (16-14-3), despite all their skills and superstars and superior achievements, have dropped their last three games and four of five, all by one goal. All of a sudden, the talk in Pittsburgh isn't of a third consecutive Cup parade, but whether the Penguins will make the make the playoffs -- they currently occupy the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff position.

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Leaders
Points: P. Kessel37
Plus/Minus: J. Schultz1
Shots on Goal: P. Kessel127
PIM: R. Reaves75
Win: M. Murray11
Shutouts: T. Jarry1
Offense (Rank)
Goals: 95 (15)
Shots: 1157 (1)
PP%: 25.6% (4)
Penalty Minutes: 355 (4)
Assists: 166 (11)
SH Goals: 4 (12)
Standings
Metropolitan Division
  W L OTL Pts
Columbus 20 11 1 41
New Jersey 18 9 5 41
Washington 20 12 1 41
NY Rangers 17 12 3 37
NY Islanders 17 12 3 37
Pittsburgh 16 14 3 35
Philadelphia 13 11 7 33
Carolina 13 11 7 33
Full Standings
 
Defense (Rank)
Goals Against: 105 (5)
Shots Against: 1021 (15)
PK%: 80.6% (18)
Penalty Minutes: 329 (5)
Shutouts: 2 (15)
Sv%: 0.897 (25)
Injuries
Date Player Status
12/8 T. Kuhnhackl Upper-body injury (day-to-day)
12/6 J. Schultz Lower-body injury (IR)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
12/12 C. DeSmith Sent to minors Wilkes-Barre/Scranton-AHL
12/9 K. Czuczman Called up from minors from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton-AHL
12/9 F. Corrado Sent to minors Wilkes-Barre/Scranton-AHL
12/8 D. Simon Called up from minors from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton-AHL
12/8 G. McKegg Sent to minors Wilkes-Barre/Scranton-AHL
12/7 F. Corrado Called up from minors from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton-AHL
12/1 J. Archibald Sent to minors Wilkes-Barre/Scranton-AHL
11/28 C. DeSmith Called up from minors from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton-AHL
11/20 F. Corrado Sent to minors Wilkes-Barre/Scranton-AHL
11/7 Z. Trotman Sent to minors Wilkes-Barre/Scranton-AHL
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