NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Thursday, February 1st
(All times eastern)
Nashville Predators (36-13-3) at Phoenix Coyotes (23-26-2), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Nashville Predators will try to rebound from a rare
recent loss when the NHL's current point leaders wrap up a road trip tonight
against the Phoenix Coyotes.
Nashville had won four straight games and 10 of its last 11 contests before
stumbling in Denver on Tuesday. Andrew Brunette tallied a goal and an assist
while Peter Budaj made 34 saves to lead Colorado to a 4-3 triumph over the
Predators at the Pepsi Center.
Paul Kariya, Jason Arnott and Steve Sullivan had the goals for the Predators,
while Tomas Vokoun recorded 31 saves in a losing cause.
Nashville will be playing the finale of a four-game road swing tonight. The
club is a strong 18-10-0 as the visitor and can establish a new franchise
record for away wins in a season with a victory this evening.
Sullivan's goal on Tuesday extended his personal scoring streak to eight
consecutive games, with the playmaking forward amassing four goals and seven
assists over that span. Arnott (2 goals, 4 assists) and wing Martin Erat (4
goals, 4 assists) are currently riding five-game point streaks.
The Predators have not lost back-to-back games since December 4-6. The first
of those defeats came at the hands of the Coyotes in Glendale.
Phoenix returns home after dropping a 2-1 decision at Anaheim on Wednesday.
Travis Moen and Andy McDonald each scored third-period goals as the Ducks
handed the Coyotes their second straight defeat.
The loss, Phoenix's fourth in six outings, overshadowed a splendid performance
in goal from veteran Curtis Joseph, who racked up 38 saves. Fredrik Sjostrom
had the only marker for the Coyotes.
Phoenix is 12-11-1 at Jobing.com Arena this season and will conclude a brief
two-game home stretch Saturday against Minnesota.
These teams have split two previous meetings this season, with each club
winning on home ice. Nashville had won seven of its last eight over the
Coyotes before its 3-2 setback in Glendale on December 4.
02/01 10:38:18 ET