Game Day: Nashville Predators @ Phoenix Coyotes

The Coyotes' second game in two nights will see them host the Nashville Predators at Arena as of 7:00 p.m., Arizona time.  Last night the Coyotes won their third game in the row at the expense of the Colorado Avalanche and with 39 saves from their goaltender, Mike Smith.  Phoenix won the last game they played against Nashville by a count of 5-2.

"We gave up a lot of shots tonight and we didn't play as well as we would have liked, but our goaltender hung in there and battled hard for us, and we found enough (offense) to win." - Dave Tippett [1]

Dave Tippett is in search of his 100th win with the Coyotes tonight.  Nashville has had a rough go of the West's tougher opponents including San Jose and Chicago, but just like last night, there are only two points between these two teams in the Western Conference.

The Coyotes are unbeaten (6-0-0) in games they've led after two periods this season.  Nashville is missing Mike Fisher and Sergei Kostitsyn who are both out with injuries, but might return tonight.  For Phoenix, Cal O'Reilly will not be able to make his debut against his former team.

Quick Hits: Predators
♦ Patric Hornqvist has 4 goals in his last three games, including goals against Anaheim and Chicago that were both scored within the first 30 seconds of the game.  Only one other player has accomplished such a feat: Pavel Bure.
♦ David Legwand has as many points as he has games played (11).  Two of those were assists in the last game against the Coyotes.
♦ Leading the Predators in shots on goal is Shea Weber, who also has the best plus/minus rating at +5.
Pekka Rinne signed a seven-year, $49M extension on Thursday, he who was in the final year of his contract. He is 5-4-2 this season with a 2.50 goals-against average and a .920 save-percentage.

Quick Hits: Coyotes
♦ Phoenix took 55% of the faceoffs against Colorado, the strongest team in the circle thus far this season.  Leading the way was Martin Hanzal with 68% (17 for 25).  However, the Coyotes called up Kyle Chipchura from Portland this afternoon as Hanzal was injured in the final moments of the game.
♦ Lauri Korpikoski's highlight-reel goal against Colorado was his third of the season. He picked up second-star honours on October 13th against the Preds, when he scored his first.
♦ Radim Vrbata continued on his torrid pace this week with another two goals against Colorado. Ray Whitney, who took over the team lead in points in doing so, assisted on both.
♦ The Coyotes are expected to start Jason LaBarbera tonight.  He was in goal for the last game between these two teams and made 23 saves in the 5-2 win.