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14 Joe Vitale C
Height/Weight: 6-0/205 | Birthdate: 8/20/1985 | Birthplace: St. Louis, MO, USA | Team: Arizona Coyotes | College: Northeastern | NHL Experience: 4 | Salary: $525,000 | Owned/Started%: 0/0
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3/23/2015

Joe Vitale, C, ARI

Joe Vitale

Coyotes' Vitale Picks Up Assist In Loss

News: Joe Vitale picked up an assist on the Coyotes' lone goal Sunday in a 3-1 loss to Vancouver. He was plus-1 with two PIM, one shot, three hits, and a blocked shot in the contest.
Analysis: Joe Vitale didn't have to do much to earn the assist as Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored on a beautiful end-to-end rush. The veteran checker has eight points and is minus-10 on the season. He's is not an especially useful fantasy asset.

2/14/2015

Joe Vitale, C, ARI

Joe Vitale

Coyotes' Vitale Will Play Saturday

News: Joe Vitale has been activated from injured reserve and will return to action Saturday against the Rangers, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports.
Analysis: Joe Vitale has been sidelined with an upper-body injury since Jan. 29, and has missed nine games over that span. He's notched six points through 45 games with Arizona this season, and will likely assume a bottom-six role in his return to the lineup.

2/13/2015

Joe Vitale, C, ARI

Joe Vitale

Coyotes' Vitale (Upper Body) Out Again Friday

News: Joe Vitale (upper body) will not play in Friday's game against the Sharks, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports.
Analysis: Joe Vitale does seem to be making progress, as he has a shot to return for Saturday's game against the Rangers, after participating in Thursday's practice.

2/12/2015

Joe Vitale, C, ARI

Joe Vitale

Coyotes' Vitale Nears Return

News: Joe Vitale (upper body) is nearing a return to action, the Coyotes' official site reports.
Analysis: Joe Vitale, who has missed the past eight games, practiced with his teammates on Thursday, with the report suggesting that he could be back in the Coyotes' lineup as soon as Friday's game against the Sharks, though a return Saturday against the Rangers could be more plausible for the center, who has notched six points in 45 games to date.

2/12/2015

Joe Vitale, C, ARI

Joe Vitale

Coyotes' Vitale Skates As Extra Thursday

News: Joe Vitale (upper body) took part in Thursday's practice as an extra skater, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports.
Analysis: Joe Vitale doesn't look like he'll be candidate to play Friday against the Sharks, but his participation with the rest of his healthy teammates indicate that an activation from IR could soon be in store. The center has been out since Jan. 27 with the upper-body ailment.

2/6/2015

Joe Vitale, C, ARI

Joe Vitale

Coyotes' Vitale Not Expected Back Until Next Week

News: Joe Vitale (upper body) is expected to miss at least another week.
Analysis: Joe Vitale was able to get on the ice late during the Coyotes' morning skate session Thursday, but he still remains a bit away from taking full contact. That could come at some point early next week, but until Vitale is ready to return, the Coyotes will attempt to get by with Brendan Shinnimin as their fourth-line center.

2/4/2015

Joe Vitale, C, ARI

Joe Vitale

Coyotes Place Vitale On IR

News: Joe Vitale (upper body) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday.
Analysis: Joe Vitale has already missed more than a week due to the injury, so he'll be eligible to return from IR as soon as he's deemed healthy. The center resumed skating Tuesday and may be ready to play by the weekend.

2/3/2015

Joe Vitale, C, ARI

Joe Vitale

Coyotes' Vitale Out Tuesday

News: Joe Vitale (upper body) is skating again but is out for Tuesday's game against the Blue Jackets, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports.
Analysis: Joe Vitale seems to be making progress after suffering an upper body injury last week, but not enough to return for Tuesday. He'll aim to come back for Thursday's game against the Hurricanes.

1/30/2015

Joe Vitale, C, ARI

Joe Vitale

Coyotes' Vitale Doubtful To Play Over Weekend

News: Coach Dave Tippett said Friday that Joe Vitale is doubtful to play in either of the Coyotes' weekend matches, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports.
Analysis: Joe Vitale continues to remain off the ice for practice, keeping him out of consideration for a return at this juncture. Tippett still believes the center is only a few days away from getting healthy, so a return at some point next week remains feasible.

1/29/2015

Joe Vitale, C, ARI

Joe Vitale

Coyotes' Vitale (Upper Body) Out Thursday

News: Joe Vitale (upper body) will not play Thursday against the Maple Leafs, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports.
Analysis: Joe Vitale hasn't resumed skating since leaving Tuesday's game against the Flyers with the injury. The Coyotes are labeling him as day-to-day at this point, but he'll probably need to return to practice Friday in order to have a chance at playing in either of the team's weekend contests. AHL Portland call-up Brendan Shinnimin will replace him in the lineup for at least Thursday's match.

1/27/2015

Joe Vitale, C, ARI

Joe Vitale

Coyotes' Vitale Suffers Injury Tuesday

News: Joe Vitale left Tuesday's game against the Flyers in the second period with an upper-body injury and won't return.
Analysis: Joe Vitale saw just 4:39 of action, but even without the injury, that sort of workload isn't unusual for the bottom-six center. He'll be listed as day-to-day ahead of Thursday's game against the Maple Leafs until his team provides further updates on his condition.

1/3/2015

Joe Vitale, C, ARI

Joe Vitale

Coyotes' Vitale Set To Return Saturday

News: Joe Vitale (lower body) will return to the lineup Saturday against the Blue Jackets, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports.
Analysis: Joe Vitale had missed two games with the injury, but appears poised to reclaim fourth-line center duties for the Coyotes. The 29-year-old has three goals and six points in 35 games this season.

12/29/2014

Joe Vitale, C, ARI

Joe Vitale

Coyotes' Vitale Out Monday

News: Joe Vitale (lower body) will not play in Monday's game against the Flyers, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports.
Analysis: It's not clear how long Joe Vitale will be sidelined with his setback, but he will not take the ice Monday night. Tyler Gaudet will enter the lineup in Vitale's place.

12/29/2014

Joe Vitale, C, ARI

Joe Vitale

Coyotes' Vitale Questionable Monday

News: Joe Vitale is questionable for Monday's game with a lower-body injury, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Repbulic reports.
Analysis: The origin of Joe Vitale's injury is a bit unclear, but it likely happened in Saturday's game against the Ducks. He was able to play his average minutes Saturday, so it's possible he will be in the lineup Monday, but Vitale's status should be updated prior to the opening faceoff.

11/14/2014

Joe Vitale, C, ARI

Joe Vitale

Coyotes' Vitale Scores In Second Straight

News: Joe Vitale scored for the second straight game Thursday in a 5-3 loss to Calgary. He was plus-1 and took four shots in the game.
Analysis: Joe Vitale isn't a scorer, but he surpassed his goal total from last year with this tally and has four points on the year.

11/12/2014

Joe Vitale, C, ARI

Joe Vitale

Coyotes' Vitale Scores First Of Season

News: Joe Vitale scored his first goal of the season Tuesday in a 4-3 loss to Dallas. He was plus-1 and took two shots in the contest.
Analysis: Joe Vitale was brought in this off-season by Arizona to provide some depth. He only scored once last year with Pittsburgh. He doesn't bring much to the table to help fantasy owners.

7/1/2014

Joe Vitale, C, ARI

Joe Vitale

Coyotes Sign Vitale

News: The Coyotes signed Joe Vitale to a three-year, $3.35 million contract Tuesday, the Arizona Republic reports.
Analysis: Joe Vitale spent the last four seasons in Pittsburgh, where he mostly played a depth forward role. He picked up a goal and 13 assists in 53 games with the Penguins, and shouldn't be expected to contribute much more than that with the Coyotes.

4/30/2014

Joe Vitale, C, ARI

Joe Vitale

Pens' Vitale Practices

News: Joe Vitale (lower body) took part in Wednesday's practice, Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Analysis: Joe Vitale left Monday's game against the Blue Jackets after a nasty knee-to-knee collision, but was able to practice with the team Wednesday. The center should be good to go when the team's Round 2 series starts against either the Flyers or the Rangers.

4/28/2014

Joe Vitale, C, ARI

Joe Vitale

Pens' Vitale Leaves With Possible Knee Injury

News: Joe Vitale exited Monday's Game 6 after colliding knees with the Blue Jackets' Blake Comeau, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Analysis: It looked like Joe Vitale was attempting to put a lick on Comeau to make up for the Blue Jackets' earlier hit on Beau Bennett, but it was Vitale who ended up taking the brunt of the hit. Vitale's injury was a big hit to the Penguins' center depth after Brandon Sutter also departed early due to an ailment, but the team was ultimately able to stave off a furious Columbus rally. He'll now have a couple of days to heal up with the Penguins advancing to the second round of the postseason.

4/16/2014

Joe Vitale, C, ARI

Joe Vitale

Pens' Vitale Expected To Play Wednesday

News: Joe Vitale (upper body) is expected to play Wednesday against the Blue Jackets, Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Analysis: After missing the final 13 games of the regular season, Joe Vitale was back on the ice at morning skate and looks like he's check back in for duty as a bottom-six forward. Vitale finished the regular season with a goal and 13 assists over his 53 games.

4/16/2014

Joe Vitale, C, ARI

Joe Vitale

Pens' Vitale Skates Wednesday

News: Joe Vitale (upper body) took part in line rushes during Wednesday's morning skate, Pens Inside Scoop reports.
Analysis: Joe Vitale hasn't played since March 20, but his presence in line rushes is a pretty good indicator that he's ready to return. The center recorded just one goal and 13 assists in 53 regular season games this year, so his absence wouldn't have a huge effect if he can't go.

4/13/2014

Joe Vitale, C, ARI

Joe Vitale

Pens' Vitale (Upper Body) Skates Sunday

News: Joe Vitale (upper body) took the ice for the optional morning skate on Sunday.
Analysis: Joe Vitale hasn't played in a game for the Pens since March 20, but his participation in the optional skate on Sunday is a positive sign towards his availability for the playoffs. Vitale could find a place on the roster for the playoff run if he is healthy enough to return.

4/5/2014

Joe Vitale, C, ARI

Joe Vitale

Pens' Vitale Out Saturday

News: Joe Vitale returned to Pittsburgh to have his mid-body injury evaluated.
Analysis: Joe Vitale has been out since March 20, but he reportedly took part in the Pens' morning skate last Sunday. The injury likely isn't healing as expected, and Vitale may miss the rest of the regular season.

8:39 AM

Joe Vitale, C, ARI

Joe Vitale

Pens' Vitale Skates Sunday

News: Joe Vitale (upper-body) took part in the team's morning skate Sunday.
Analysis: While Joe Vitale skating is a positive sign, he is still considered week-to-week and is considered questionable for the rest of the regular season.

3/21/2014

Joe Vitale, C, ARI

Joe Vitale

Penguins' Vitale Out With Upper-Body Injury

News: Joe Vitale will be sidelined this weekend with an upper-body injury, the Penguins' official Twitter feed reports.
Analysis: He will miss Saturday's game against the Lightning and Sunday's contest against the Blues, but he could return Tuesday against the Coyotes.