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Tuesday, February 2nd (All times eastern)

Phoenix Coyotes (33-18-5) at Nashville Predators (30-21-3), 8 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Phoenix Coyotes will be out to match their longest winning streak of the season when one of the NHL's surprise teams skates into Nashville's Sommet Center this evening for a key Western Conference showdown with the host Predators.

Phoenix enters the Music City having won four straight contests and opened a four-game road trip in fine fashion on Sunday, when Shane Doan and Peter Mueller each recorded a goal and two assists to lead the way in a 4-2 decision over Dallas.

Keith Yandle added a goal and one assist to help support an excellent performance from Coyotes goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov. The native Russian picked up his career-best 29th victory of the season by stopping 38-of-40 shots.

"That was a heck of an effort by our guys," said Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett. "We hung around the game for a long time and Bryz gave us some big saves at the end that we needed. Our guys battled hard."

The win was especially promising considering Phoenix was forced to play without forward Scottie Upshall, the club's leader with 18 goals this season. The one-time Predator is sidelined indefinitely after tearing the ACL in his right knee during Thursday's 3-2 shootout win over Calgary.

The Coyotes will be counting on Doan to help offset Upshall's absence, and the team captain has been coming through as of late. He was named the NHL's First Star for the week ending on January 31 after amassing three goals and six assists in the four Phoenix wins.

Phoenix was also minus Robert Lang in Sunday's game due to an undisclosed injury. The veteran forward is one point shy of reaching 900 for his career.

The Coyotes, now 12-10-3 on the road this season, will be trying to duplicate a five-game tear from November 27-December 7. Phoenix has lost in each of its last three visits to the Sommet Center, however, as well as five of its past seven overall matchups with Nashville.

Phoenix did best the Preds by a 4-2 score in Arizona on January 21, although three of those goals came off the stick of Upshall.

That loss was part of a frustrating five-game losing streak for Nashville which the team was able to end with Saturday's 4-3 home triumph over Atlanta. Jason Arnott scored the tie-breaking goal just seven seconds into the third period, while goaltender Pekka Rinne made the lead stand by making 10 of his 23 saves in the final frame.

Nashville had built a 3-1 advantage past the midway point of the second period on goals from Joel Ward, Jerred Smithson and Martin Erat, but the Thrashers scored twice within a span of 2:40 to tie the game heading into the final 20 minutes.

The win kicked off a four-game homestand for the Predators, who will also take on Colorado and San Jose on this challenging residency. Nashville has compiled a 15-10-1 mark as the host so far this season.

02/02 10:34:36 ET


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