The Arizona Coyotes (3-4-1) are set to take on the Florida Panthers (2-2-3) tonight in the second game of their four-game road trip. The Coyotes beat the Panthers in overtime on Saturday and will look to sweep the season series that concludes with tonight's game.
Here's what to watch for tonight on FOX Sports Arizona, coverage beginning with "Coyotes Live" at 4...
LAST SEASON: 37-30-15, 89 points. Ninth overall in Western Conference.
COACH: Dave Tippett, fifth season with Arizona, 156-96-42; In 10th NHL season as coach, 427-252-107.
ADDED: C Sam Gagner, C Joe Vitale, RW B.J. Crombeen, G Devan Dubnyk.
LOST: RW Radim Vrbata, C Mike Ribeiro, D Derek Morris, LW Paul Bissonnette, G Thomas Greiss.
PLAYER TO WATCH: C Antoine Vermette...
Via AP on Fox
October 02, 2014
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) Joe Vitale had a goal and an assist, Mike Smith made 23 saves and the Arizona Coyotes defeated the Vancouver Canucks 4-2 Monday night.
Brandon McMillan, Shane Doan and David Moss also scored for the Coyotes, who improved to 4-0-2 in exhibition play. Oliver Ekman-Larsson added two assists.
Derek Dorsett and Radim Vrbata scored for Vancouver, which...
Via AP on Fox
September 30, 2014
C 1. Antoine Vermette
2. Sam Gagner
3. Martin Hanzal
4. Joe Vitale
5. Kyle Chipchura
L 1. Mikkel Boedker
2. Lauri Korpikoski
3. Martin Erat
4. Rob Klinkhammer
5. Brandon McMillan
6. Max Domi
R 1. Shane Doan ...
Despite what many people who know would say to the contrary, I am not a negative person. With that being said I have a few things I would like to get off my chest regarding the current state of affairs in Penguins land. My biggest complaint is how is Craig Adams still on this roster but Joe Vitale, Lee Stempniak and Brian Gibbons are not?
Adams had Amnesty buyout written all over...
For the sake of the Internet, we’re just linking to the files directly.
Dubinsky’s OT winner
Buckle Up Baby
Thank God Joe Vitale is gone
Back to the drawing board
Marc Staal was out of control
Nice drop pass
The King jammed
Block the puck, Paul
With a free agent pool whose biggest names were Ryan Miller and Paul Stastny, 2014 was already destined to be a slow offseason. Take all that indifference and combine it with a shoestring budget and you get the Arizona Coyotes offseason. Or at least, that’s what the moves suggest.When your biggest signings are a backup goaltender and a fourth-line center, there is very little to...
Them’s the breaks:
We lost a lot of good soldiers yesterday, who went on to bigger paydays.
The Engelland contract is the new “Jeff Finger money.” Deryk Engelland money is sweet, sweet millions.
Joe Vitale is also being overpaid, but by a slightly underachieving western conference team, so it makes sense. Tanner Glass’s contract is also a bit above reasonable.
Sunday night I start making dinner, thinking that nothing was going on in the world. I sit down, eat and then open up the laptop to see if I missed anything in the last hour or so. HOLY CRAP! The Coyotes trade a 6th round pick for Sam Ganger and BJ Crombeen? WTF? This is what happen when you are being a responsible adult. You miss huge trades!
Tampa Bay is also retaining a third...
The first day of free agency was a deflating one for the Coyotes fan base.
Midway through the day, TSN reported there had been 70 deals totaling $500 million. Only two of those belonged to Arizona and neither would be considered major: fourth-line center Joe Vitale and backup goalie Devan Dubnyk, who is coming off a nightmarish season (the team also added six minor league players...
Going live at 10:38pm – also available to rewatch.
-Free Agency breakdown
- ID4 talk
- Making fun of Joe Vitale
NHL Free agency started off quick this off-season, with plenty of teams making moves (with the exception of Philadelphia, who’ve been eerily silent). Pittsburgh’s first departure was from Jussi Jokinen, who signed a 4 year deal with the Florida Panthers worth $16 million. Jokinen led the Penguins in the playoffs with 7 goals in 13 games against the Columbus Blue Jackets and New...
Another free agency domino falls and another once Penguin is now former as Joe Vitale heads to the desert.Go ahead, read the rest »
Joe Vitale’s garbage play in Game 7:
We can’t get over this. The crowd was cheering for this extended shift by the fourth line, but they should’ve stopped and calmed their **** because the line didn’t even get a shot on goal. Their best chance was when Vitale was fed the puck behind the net with the Rangers scrambling and out of position. What does Vitale do? He actually...
In the movie “Armageddon,” there is a scene where the drilling fails and a news anchor announces to a stunned public,“We’re getting sketchy information that the mission has suffered massive failure.”
If “Armageddon” was based on the Penguins’ 2014 season, it would have just ended there, and Joe Vitale would have been shot into the sun.
The phrase “massive failure”...
Well, just when we thought this was going to be a breeze. Here we are. Game 7 just a day away.
If you're looking for a straight up explanation as to why the Pittsburgh Penguins were up 3-1 in this series against the New York Rangers and now find themselves locked at 3-3 waiting for (in my opinion) the most nerve-racking situation in sports history...I don't have an answer...
Don’t discredit what the Penguins are doing in this series by saying the Rangers suck. Because they don’t.
All that’s happening is that the Rangers are a one-dimensional team, and they’re a horrible matchup against the Pens like the Pens are a horrible matchup against the Flyers.
In Game 4, Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin paved the way for the Penguins again. And again...
We were curious, so we went back and watched all of his shifts. Only took like 45 seconds.
wtf. no one even touched him. you’re in the nhl.
Keep an eye out for him tonight. May have to make up some kind of Joe Vitale Bingo Card.
Pete and Ernest jammed up for the Game Wednesday.
(Pics sent in by Nadine S.)
Feel free to send us cats, dogs, and whatever other animals you have, in Pens gear or barking at Joe Vitale. thepensblog @ gmail.
Solid shirts for Pete and Ernest:
Pens 3 Rangers 0
Series tied at 1.
By: Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh)
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Letang (2) from Malkin, Kunitz
Jokinen (4) (PP) from Neal, Letang
Malkin (4) (EN) from Letang
Lundqvist did everything humanly possible to try to stop Jokinen. (Gene J. Puskar/AP Photo)
Game 2 Leaders
Shots: Crosby ...
In a game they needed to win, the Penguins got their best performances from their biggest moneymakers, and they evened the series at one. That’s more like it.
71 and 87
The Penguins’ coaching staff made a mistake not playing Crosby and Malkin together in Game One. In Game Two, Malkin and Crosby played together the majority of the night, and they flourished. In fact, not only...
The Pens even it up. Buckle up; Game 3 is Monday night at MSG.
THREE QUICK NOTES
Crosby is “back”
Everyone pissed off at Sidney Crosby will point at this game and say, “There’s the Sid we’ve been missing.” He didn’t have any points in this game, but he looked all business. Didn’t get booed.
Rangers’ awful power play
We might lay awake tonight and try to think of...
The Penguins are about 3 hours away from beginning round 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs against the New York Rangers.
Today they practiced with the same lines as they used in game 6 of the previous series against the Blue Jackets. Here's a reminder...
Kunitz Crosby Stempniak
Neal Malkin Jokinen
Vitale Sutter Bennett
Adams Goc Glass
Letang Martin ...
At this time last night the Pens and Blue Jackets were shaking hands and Pens fans were breathing a collective sigh of relief. Let’s take a look back at the roller coaster that was…
It looks like the fans in Columbus are wearing white shirts for a white-out, but the Penguins are the on-ice team wearing white sweaters.
— John Toperzer (@JohnToperzer) April 28, 2014
Joe Vitale of the Pittsburgh Penguins may regret not being a more accurate checker following a downright vicious knee on knee collision with Columbus Blue Jackets' Blake Comeau.After being leveled by a hit from Comeau in the third period of Monday's game, Vitale skated towards Comeau for a retaliatory check when he seemed to misjudge the angle and ended up colliding knees instead ...