NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Thursday, October 13th
(All times eastern)
Nashville Predators (3-0-0) at Phoenix Coyotes (1-3-0), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Nashville Predators try to continue their best start
in franchise history this evening when they resume a three-game road trip
against the Phoenix Coyotes at Glendale Arena.
On Wednesday, Marek Zidlicky had two goals, including the game winner late in
the third period, as Nashville came back from a three-goal deficit to defeat
Colorado, 5-4, at the Pepsi Center.
Paul Kariya and Steve Sullivan, playing in his 600th career game, each had a
goal and two assists. Darcy Hordichuk got the other goal for the Predators,
who have won three in a row to start the season.
Tomas Vokoun had 20 saves on the night.
Nashville also killed all five Avalanche power plays last night - including 32
seconds of a five-on-three advantage during the first period - and remained
the only team in the NHL not to have surrendered a goal, while down a man. The
Predators are a perfect 16-for-16 as penalty killers on the season.
One player who will be happy to see Phoenix on the schedule tonight is right
wing Scott Walker, who set a Predators record in 2003-04 for most points in a
season against one team, totaling 10 points - four goals and six assists - in
four games against the Coyotes.
Nashville will conclude its trek on Saturday in St. Louis.
The Coyotes, meanwhile, failed to follow up their first win of the season, as
they dropped a 3-2 decision to the Dallas Stars on Tuesday.
Phoenix, which got goals from Tyson Nash and Paul Mara, struggled on the power
play going 1-for-8 on the night. The Coyotes' lone power-play goal came with
13 seconds left in the game with their goalie pulled.
David LeNeveu made 20 saves for the Coyotes, who have had all their games
decided by one goal. Wayne Gretzky's team is now 1-3 on the season after
defeating Edmonton on Saturday.
LeNeveu will likely be in net again tonight for Phoenix, as Curtis Joseph is
hampered by a groin injury. Elsewhere on the injury front, defenseman Derek
Morris is questionable with a groin injury, while Petr Nedved (groin) and Mike
Ricci (nose) are probable.
The Coyotes, who will wrap up a two-game homestand on Saturday against
Detroit, registered their only win of the year on home ice.
Nashville was 3-0-1 versus the Coyotes in 2003-04 and is 4-1-1 in the last six
meetings. However, 10 of the last 13 matchups in this series have been decided
by one goal or less.
10/13 10:29:52 ET