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PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins gave their beat-up blue line a needed shot of depth on Monday Dustin Tokarski Jersey Womens , acquiring Chris Wideman from Florida and Erik Gudbranson from Vancouver.Pittsburgh, which sat on the outside of the Eastern Conference playoff picture at the trade deadline, sent forward Tanner Pearson to the Canucks for Gudbranson and center Jean-Sebastian Dea to the Panthers for Wideman.The Penguins are hurting on defense. Olli Maatta is on injured reserve with an upper-body injury. Kris Letang and Brian Dumoulin will both miss Tuesday’s game at Columbus after getting banged up in an overtime loss to Philadelphia on Saturday.Dumoulin is dealing with a concussion after getting hit by Wayne Simmons and Letang suffered an upper-body injury after getting tackled by Philadelphia’s Shayne Gostisbehere while both entered a scrum following Simmons’ collision with Dumoulin.Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan described Letang as “day to day” though neither Letang nor Dumoulin skated on Monday and will both miss at least one game as Pittsburgh scrambles for position in the tightly-packed Eastern Conference playoff race.The 27-year-old Gudbranson struggled this season with the Canucks, scoring two goals and adding six assists in 57 games with a minus-27 plus/minus rating. At 6-foot-5 and 217 pounds, he does provide the Penguins with some size and is signed through the 2020-21 season.“Getting the type of player that Gudbranson is, was something we’ve talked about for a while,” general manager Jim Rutherford said. “He wasn’t available, to my knowledge, until today. We are very pleased to bring Erik in to join our team.”Gudbranson joins a team that has been running in place since an eight-game winning streak that ended on Jan. 6. The Penguins are 9-10-3 in their last 22 games. The Penguins haven’t missed the playoffs since captain Sidney Crosby’s rookie season in 2005-06. Now they head into the stretch looking to regain a semblance of the form that helped them win consecutive Stanley Cups in 2016 and 2017.“We’re good enough to get in,” Rutherford said. “We’re good enough to make a run. But there’s some inconsistencies in our play. We have to have everything going that makes you a good team.”Part of the problem has been an inability to keep the puck out of the net. Goaltenders Matt Murray and Casey DeSmith have both been uneven at best for most of the last two months and the power play has allowed 13 short-handed goals, the most in the NHL.The Penguins begin a four-game road trip against the Blue Jackets Valtteri Filppula Jersey Womens , who went all-in at the deadline in an effort to not only reach the postseason but win a playoff series for the first time in franchise history. Barring something unforeseen, Gudbranson will be in the lineup.“He’s a team guy,” Rutherford said of Gudbranson. “He’s going to help in the room. He’s going to make guys feel more comfortable. He’s got experience playing in the league.”Pittsburgh is Wideman’s fourth NHL stop this season. He began the year in Ottawa, was traded to Edmonton in November, shipped in Florida in December and will report to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton upon reporting to the Penguins. Pittsburgh will bring up Zach Trotman to fill in on defense against the Blue Jackets.Pittsburgh brought in Pearson in November in a trade with Los Angeles but his production dipped in recent weeks after making an initial splash. He scored nine goals in 44 games with the Penguins but had just one point in his last 14 games before being dealt. Dea had five goals and two assists in 29 career NHL games with Pittsburgh and New Jersey. GLENDALE, Ariz. — There wasn’t much open ice for the Calgary Flames, not many shooting lanes, not much room to get the puck past an on-his-game goaltender.A team with multiple high-quality scorers hasn’t experienced much of that recently while winning three of four and eight of 12, but the Flames did during a 2-0 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights and goaltender Marc Andre-Fleury on Friday night.“These are the games you’ve got to get used to,” Calgary defenseman Mark Giordano said. “That’s what the league’s going to be about, especially as the year goes on. That’s desperate (Vegas) team over there. They’re battling to get in the race.”Article continues below ...The Arizona Coyotes know all about that. Only a few weeks ago Fredrik Claesson Jersey Womens , they were the team that was beating opponents with speed and a defensive system that was creating plenty of offense with its ability to turn the puck over. They also were scoring more short-handed goals (10) than many teams were on the power play.But the Coyotes have lost three in a row and eight of 10 after winning five straight, and they may be reaching the point that determines whether they’ll trend upward or downward the rest of the season.Just as the Flames will be looking to get back on their recent hot streak, the Coyotes will be trying for a turnaround win when they close out a five-game homestand against he Flames on Sunday at Gila River Arena. The Coyotes are 1-2-1 on the homestand so far, and they’re not winning mostly because they’re not scoring. They’ve generated two goals or fewer in six of their last seven games.“As coaches, you’ve got to be careful when you’re not scoring because you magnify everything,” Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet said Saturday. “You want to loosen guys up, but at the same time there’s got to be urgency by some players. We don’t have the type of team that can only have 13, 14 people going.”At about the same time the Flames weren’t generating any offense a few hundred miles away in Las Vegas on Friday, the Coyotes never got much going during a 5-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche that represented one of their worst efforts of the season.J.T. Compher, injured and out of the Colorado lineup for six weeks, returned to score twice short-handed on the same shift in the first period Dylan DeMelo Jersey Womens , and Mikko Rantanen scored moments later to finish a three-goal sequence in 2:11 that effectively ended it.“I thought we were going good and then, all of a sudden, the rails came off,” Tocchet said. “That’s what we can’t do, duplicate mistakes. That’s kind of the microcosm of the team right now.”The Coyotes are aware that the Flames can turn on the offense in a hurry, too, as Calgary averages 3.26 goals per game to Arizona’s 2.43. Flames left winger Matthew Tkachuk has five goals in five games and center Sean Monahan has three goals in four games.“They’ve got some high-skill guys, they play an offensive game and we’re aware of that,” Arizona defenseman Alex Goligoski said. “For us, it’s getting back to our game and being real stingy defensively and getting to their net and throwing a ton of pucks at them.”It would help if forward Clayton Keller would rev up his game. After scoring five goals in five games, Keller doesn’t have a goal in 11 games Gabriel Gagne Jersey Womens , or since Oct. 27.Similarly, Calgary right winger James Neal doesn’t have a goal in nine games, but coach Bill Peters likes that Neal took seven shots — four of which were blocked — against Vegas.Arizona goaltender Antti Raanta returned from an eight-game layoff with a lower-body injury to start Friday and allow all five Colorado goals, and he’ll be back in net Sunday, according to Tocchet.Former Coyotes goalie Mike Smith held down the starter’s net during the Flames’ practice on Saturday, but starter David Rittich is 8-2 with a 2.04 goals-against average and, until Friday, hadn’t lost since Oct. 23. Peters declined Saturday to name a starter.

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