NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, February 3rd
(All times eastern)
Phoenix Coyotes (24-22-5) at Nashville Predators (22-24-3), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Phoenix Coyotes will try to end their scoring drought
when they visit the Nashville Predators and the Sommet Center tonight.
The Coyotes have lost three straight games, suffering back-to-back 2-0 losses
to San Jose and Buffalo after dropping a 7-3 decision to Anaheim on Tuesday.
Phoenix hasn't scored since late in the second period versus the Ducks, a span
of 142 minutes and 37 seconds without a goal.
In Saturday's 2-0 loss to the Sabres, Coyotes goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov
stopped 19-of-21 shots as Phoenix was shut out for the fourth time this month
and seventh time this season.
The Coyotes were without Peter Mueller (concussion) and Steven Reinprecht
(shoulder) in the loss, and both players will sit out tonight's game as well.
Phoenix, which has also lost four of its last five games, is on its longest
skid since dropping six straight (0-4-2) from November 13-24 and has fallen
into a five-way tie for the sixth spot in the Western Conference with 53
The Coyotes will play three of their next four games on the road, including a
test in Detroit tomorrow night. Phoenix is 8-14-3 as the visiting team this
Nashville was last in action on Sunday and posted a 2-1 win over the Edmonton
Oilers, just the club's third win in its last eight games. The Predators
haven't won back-to-back games since home wins over Pittsburgh and Chicago on
January 8 and 10.
Pekka Rinne was sensational between the pipes, stopping 32-of-33 shots for
Nashville. Martin Erat and J.P. Dumont tallied for the Predators, while David
Legwand and Ryan Jones notched assists.
Nashville was without Jordin Tootoo due to a hand injury he suffered in a
fight in a loss to Calgary on Friday. He is questionable for tonight's game.
The Predators are tied with Los Angeles for 13th place in the Western
Conference, just two points up on last place St. Louis. Nashville is 12-9-1 at
home this season.
Phoenix recorded a 2-1 home win when the teams met for the first time this
season on December 18. The Coyotes have won three of the last five in the
series, but they have lost six of their last seven in Nashville.
02/03 10:49:27 ET