Game Day: Phoenix Coyotes @ Nashville Predators
In what will be their last game before the much-awaited home opener against the Winnipeg Jets, the Phoenix Coyotes will first look to rebound from a 2-1 shootout loss in Dallas that saw them open the scoring in the third period before Loui Eriksson tied things up with under 30 seconds remaining in regulation. Despite this, the Coyotes looked much stronger than their first outing against San Jose and managed to outshoot their opponents 41-25.
Nashville won't be an easy opponent, as the young but feisty Predators remain undefeated thanks to their goaltender, Pekka Rinne, who has allowed but four goals in both his team's wins. Their power play is 3/7 and they also started their season on the road, defeating the Columbus Blue Jackets and St. Louis Blues before returning home for tonight's game.
In their four meetings last year, Phoenix won two matchups by a one-goal margin. Nashville's wins were by scores of 3-0 and 5-2 respectively.
Quick Hits: Coyotes
♦ Radim Vrbata had the lone goal for the Coyotes in regulation against the Stars.
♦ As he once again led his teammates in ice-time (but with a healthier 23:31) Keith Yandle also had a whopping 8 shots on goal against Dallas. Yandle also has 11 points in 15 games against the Preds.
♦ Newly-appointed assistant-captain Martin Hanzal was 53% in the faceoff dot and was the most-used forward in the last two games.
Quick Hits: Predators
♦ We've already mentioned Pekka Rinne. But let's do it again, because after a defensive contest like Monday's, finding the twine is not going to be an easy task. Again.
♦ David Legwand is currently tied for second in the NHL with five points in two games.
♦ Turning heads as well is 22-year-old Craig Smith, who has four points in two games.
♦ Patric Hornqvist is the designated Coyote-killer for the Predators, he who has five goals, three assists in nine games against them.
♦ Preds' injuries: Martin Erat (upper-body, day-to-day), Francis Bouillon (concussion) and Mike Fisher (shoulder). For the Coyotes, Michal Rozsival remains on the IR.