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E-mail Arizona Coyotes (36-30-6 Womens Tom Pyatt Jersey , fourth in the Pacific Division) vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (55-13-4, first in the Atlantic Division); Monday, 7:30 p.m. EDTBOTTOM LINE: Nikita Kucherov leads Tampa Bay into a matchup against Arizona. He leads the NHL with 117 points, scoring 35 goals and recording 82 assists.The Lightning are 30-6-2 at home. Tampa Bay averages 9.3 penalty minutes per game, the fourth-most in the Eastern Conference. Cedric Paquette leads the team serving 72 total minutes.The Coyotes have gone 18-15-2 away from home. Arizona has allowed 30 power-play goals, killing 85.3 percent of opponent opportunities. In their last meeting on Oct. 27, Arizona won 7-1. Michael Grabner recorded two goals for the Coyotes.TOP PERFORMERS: Brayden Point leads the Lightning with 38 goals and has totaled 87 points. Kucherov has totaled five goals and 12 assists over the last 10 games for Tampa Bay.LAST 10 GAMES: Coyotes: 7-2-1, averaging three goals, 4.6 assists, 2.9 penalties and 6.1 penalty minutes while giving up 2.3 goals per game with a .929 save percentage.Lightning: 8-2-0, averaging 3.8 goals, seven assists Jordan Nolan Jersey Womens , 4.5 penalties and 11.2 penalty minutes while giving up 2.6 goals per game with a .919 save percentage.Lightning Injuries: Anton Stralman: day to day (lower body), Dan Girardi: day to day (lower body).Coyotes Injuries: Derek Stepan: out (lower body). PITTSBURGH (AP) It wasnt the hastily arranged private plane ride from Miami to Pittsburgh. Or the police escort from the airport to PPG Paints Arena. It wasnt the sight of a black-and-gold jersey with his name on the back hanging in the Pittsburgh Penguins locker room. It wasnt even racing to the bench and jumping over the wall and onto the ice with his new teammates without exchanging so much as an introductory handshake.No, Jared McCanns whoa moment from the most exhilarating and surreal weekend of his professional life came Sunday, when the newly acquired forward arrived at Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosbys house to watch the Super Bowl with the rest of the gang.Theres like an area to the side there, and its Hart Trophy, Hart Trophy, Hart Trophy, McCann said, referring to Crosbys three NHL MVP awards.Welcome to Pittsburgh, where the climate isnt the only thing thats a shock to the system.On Friday morning, McCann and Nick Bjugstad thought they were part of the long-term plans for the Florida Panthers. By Sunday night, they were hanging out in the home of one of the games biggest stars while playing for a team where anything less than a Stanley Cup parade through downtown in mid-June is considered a disappointment.No pressure or anything.As soon as I walked in the rink here, they have the (championships) banners hanging everywhere Zack Smith Jersey , McCann said. Its like: You know what? We win here. You get that feeling. You just have confidence. You know you have guys that are going to show up every night and play well, and I want to be a positive influence for this team.The Penguins are counting on that from both the 22-year-old McCann and the 26-year-old Bjugstad, brought over in a trade with Florida for veteran forwards Riley Sheahan, Derick Brassard and three 2019 draft picks.The early returns have been promising. Both players hardly looked overwhelmed while playing a back-to-back against Ottawa and Toronto in their first 27 hours with their new club. Bjugstad joined the second line and picked up an assist in a victory over the Senators while McCann played solidly centering the third line between forwards Tanner Pearson and Patric Hornqvist.I thought they handled it great coming into a new dressing room 10 minutes before the game, getting thrown in there right into a game, playing some pretty good minutes, too, Crosby said. Theres a lot to be said about that. Sometimes thats the best way, get thrown into it like that.McCann credited Hornqvist for helping put him in the right spots on the ice over the weekend while the 6-foot-6 Bjugstad tried not to overdo it while centering the second line in place of injured Evgeni Malkin.Its almost better not having time to think, Bjugstad said.That came on Monday when they went through their first practice in Pittsburgh. If Bjugstad wasnt getting pulled away for a private moment with assistant coach Mark Recchi, then McCann was peppering anyone who would listen with questions.While they want to catch up quickly for a team that heads into Tuesdays game against Carolina tied with Washington for second in the Metropolitan Division with 30 games to go, they also have the benefit of time. Neither player is a rental. Bjugstad is signed through 2021 while McCanns contract runs through the end of the 2019-20 season.Coach Mike Sullivan still hasnt settled on who will play where once Malkin who is day to day with an upper-body injury returns. Bjugstad could be effective as a third-line center, a spot the Penguins have been struggling to fill since Nick Bonino left following the teams second straight Stanley Cup in 2017.Bjugstad also has size (6-foot-6) and a skillset that includes a 20-goal season Ryan O'Reilly Jersey Womens , making him a candidate to find a spot in the top six. McCann, meanwhile, is an effective penalty killer who believes he is prepared for whatever the Penguins might throw his way. He already is taking pointers from 42-year-old Matt Cullen, who had made a career out of finding ways to do all the little things coaches love. Its not a bad blueprint to follow.I feel like this is a great opportunity for me to become the player I know I can be, McCann said.First things first, however. McCann acknowledged he might have to stop at a shopping mall to pick up some pants. Seems he was in such a rush to get to Pittsburgh he mostly packed shorts for the trip north, not exactly ideal in a city where the sun is more rumor than fact between November and May. If thats his lone misstep after the craziness surrounding his arrival, hell take it.I had a great time in Florida, McCann said. But I feel like this is the next stepping stone in my career.



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