NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
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
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
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
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
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