NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Saturday, February 21st
(All times eastern)
Nashville Predators (29-22-7-2) at Phoenix Coyotes (20-23-14-3), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Nashville Predators, in the midst of a battle for their
first-ever playoff berth, seek a third consecutive win tonight when they
visit the Phoenix Coyotes at Glendale Arena.
With 67 points, the Preds are seventh in the Western Conference race -- one
behind Calgary and Dallas, and one ahead of St. Louis.
On Friday, Scott Walker scored with 1:26 left in overtime to lead Nashville to
a 3-2 win over Anaheim at the Pond.
Walker finished with a goal and two assists for the Predators, who were coming
off Wednesday's 7-3 pounding of San Jose. Steve Sullivan added a goal and an
assist, while David Legwand also scored. All-Star Tomas Vokoun made 37 saves,
including 16 in the third period.
Sullivan's two-point night came on the heels of a hat trick in Wednesday's
triumph over the Sharks. The swift winger was acquired from Chicago on Monday
for a pair of second-round draft picks.
The Predators, 3-7-1 in their last 11 road games, will visit Los Angeles on
Phoenix, meanwhile, ended a two-game losing streak with Friday's 3-2 win over
visiting Columbus. Daymond Langkow scored with 19 seconds remaining to lead
the Coyotes to the decision.
Langkow's goal came just three minutes after Paul Mara tied the game at 2-2.
Jeff Taffe had the other marker and assisted on the game winner for the
Coyotes, who won for just the second time in their last 12 contests (2-8-1-1).
Jean-Marc Pelletier made 26 saves to pick up his first career win.
On the game winner, Taffe made a great feed out front from behind the net to
Langkow, but the initial shot was stopped by opposing goalie Pascal Leclaire.
Langkow was able to collect the rebound and roof the puck past Leclaire for
the winning tally.
Phoenix won for just the second time in its last eight home games (2-4-1-1).
The Coyotes began a five-game homestand, and will welcome Anaheim to town on
Nashville is 2-0-1 against Phoenix this season, but the Coyotes are 7-3-1 in
the last 11 meetings overall.
02/21 10:24:06 ET