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Saturday, February 2nd
(All times eastern)
Phoenix Coyotes (27-22-2) at Nashville Predators (26-21-5), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - J.P. Dumont's lengthy point streak has been translating
into success on the ice for Nashville, and now the forward is cashing in
personally as well. Dumont will play his first game since inking a contract
extension with the club, as the Predators host the Phoenix Coyotes tonight at
the Sommet Center.
Dumont is in the midst of a franchise-record 16-game point streak, and has
totaled eight goals and 14 assists during the run. Nashville is also 9-4-3
during the streak and rewarded Dumont with a four-year, $16 million deal on
Friday. The forward was in the final season of a two-year deal he inked with
the Predators as a free agent prior to the 2006-07 campaign.
Nashville, after a huge roster overhaul this offseason, has now inked Dumont,
Jordin Tootoo and David Legwand to separate extensions this season.
The Predators jumped over Columbus and into second place in the Central
Division on Thursday after a 4-2 victory at home over the Blue Jackets.
Dumont, named the NHL's second star for the month of January on Friday, posted
two assists in the win, while Alexander Radulov scored in his fifth straight
game. Jason Arnott also scored to extend his point streak to eight games (3
goals, 6 assists), but left in the second period due to a leg injury and did
not return. He is questionable for tonight.
Vernon Fiddler and Scott Nichol scored second-period goals to keep Nashville
in control and Chris Mason ended with 31 saves as the Predators improved to
4-1-1 over their last six games.
Nashville's win came in the opener of a four-game homestand and improved the
club to 15-8-2 as the host this year. The Preds will also get visits from
Carolina and Tampa Bay on the residency.
Phoenix is currently on a five-game road trip and won the opener of the trek
on Tuesday before falling in Detroit, 3-2, the following night. Martin Hanzal
and All-Star Ed Jovanovski scored for the Coyotes, who had won three straight
games coming in.
Ilya Bryzgalov took the loss despite a 36-save performance.
Shane Doan had posted a point in each of the last 13 games he had played in,
notching seven goals and 13 assists in that span before failing to crack the
scoresheet versus Detroit.
Doan leads Phoenix with 32 assists and 48 points and has 11 goals and nine
helpers in 33 career games versus Nashville, including a pair of assists in
two games against them this season.
The Coyotes are 16-11-0 on the road this year and will also visit Colorado and
Calgary on this trek.
Phoenix has won both meetings with the Predators this season, posting a
victory at home and on the road against Nashville. The Coyotes have also taken
four of five and five of the last eight matchups in the series.
However, Phoenix's 6-3 victory in the Music City on October 11 improved the
club to just 1-6 with a tie in its last eight stops in Nashville.
02/02 11:00:47 ET