Arizona Coyotes open their season with an Eastern trip against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night in NHL action.
The Arizona Coyotes begin a new phase in their history on Thursday night when they open the season at PPG Paints Arena against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Penguins have reached the playoffs for 16 straight seasons, winning three Stanley Cups along the way, but haven’t won a series since 2018. Last spring, Pittsburgh coughed up a 3-1 series lead and fell to the New York Rangers in the first round. As for Arizona, the club faced eviction from Gila River Arena in suburban Glendale last season and the city declined to renew the team’s lease. As a result, the Coyotes will play this season at the 5,000-seat Mullett Arena at Arizona State University.
How to Watch Arizona Coyotes at Pittsburgh Penguins Today:
Game Date: Oct. 13, 2022
Game Time: 7 p.m. ET
TV: ATT Sportsnet Pittsburgh
Live Stream: fuboTV (Watch for free)
Tickets: Tickets as low as $34
Arizona struggled in the preseason, closing an 0-6-1 exhibition slate on Saturday with a 5-1 loss to the Golden Knights in Boise, Idaho. The Penguins got to 3-3-0 with back-to-back wins, closing their preseason schedule with a 7-1 win over the Sabres on Friday.
Leading scorer Clayton Keller returns for the Coyotes after netting a career-high 28 goals last season and leading the club with 63 points. Coach André Tourigny is back for his second season behind the bench after Arizona collapsed to a 25-50-7 mark last season to finish last in the central division.
Mike Sullivan is entering his seventh full season coaching in Pittsburgh and the slow transition in eras continues. Jake Guentzel scored 40 goals and 84 points last season to lead the club, while captain Sidney Crosby also had 84 points with 31 markers.