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Saturday, April 15th (All times eastern)

Phoenix Coyotes (37-38-5) at Nashville Predators (47-25-8), 8 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Nashville Predators try to keep their pre-playoff momentum going tonight when they welcome the Phoenix Coyotes to Gaylord Entertainment Center.

The Preds have won their last four games as they prepare to enter the postseason as the fourth seed in the Western Conference.

On Thursday, Mike Sillinger scored two goals as the Predators defeated the Minnesota Wild, 4-2, in the Music City.

Dan Hamhuis and Shea Weber tallied a goal and an assist and Chris Mason made 27 saves for Nashville. The win guaranteed the fourth seed for the Preds, who will have home-ice advantage against an undetermined opponent in the first round.

Mason continues to play well as he prepares for his first playoff run as a starter. He has been pushed into the top role due to the blood clot condition that will sideline Tomas Vokoun for the rest of the season.

The Preds will host Detroit on Tuesday to finish the regular campaign.

Phoenix, meanwhile, ended a five-game slide with Thursday's 3-0 win over visiting Los Angeles. Derek Morris scored his second goal in as many games as the Coyotes tallied three special team goals in the second period to spark the win.

Keith Ballard and Fredrik Sjostrom also scored for the Coyotes, who scored twice on the power play and once short-handed in the second period. Curtis Joseph stopped all 32 shots he faced for his third shutout against LA this season.

The Coyotes, who have experienced a disappointing season under head coach Wayne Gretzky, will finish the campaign on Sunday in St. Louis. It is unclear whether or not Gretzky will return behind the bench in 2006-07.

Nashville is 2-1 against Phoenix this season, and 5-1-1 (1 loss, 1 tie) in the last seven meetings overall.

The Coyotes are 0-3-1 (3 losses, 1 tie) in their last four trips to Nashville.

04/15 10:17:41 ET


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