Game Preview #23: Nashville Will Try To Snap Losing Streak Against Phoenix


By Amanda DiPaolo

Season Records

Nashville Predators 9-8-5
Phoenix Coyotes 11-6-5

Phoenix leads the season series 1-0. Last time the two teams met on November 3rd, Ed Jovanovski scored his first career hat trick to lead the Phoenix offense to a 4-3 victory of the Predators.

GLENDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 03: Ed Jovanovski of the Phoenix Coyotes celebrates with teammate Ray Whitney after Jovanovski scored his third goal of the night against the Nashville Predators during the third period of the NHL game at Jobing.com Arena on November 3, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Predators 4-3. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Jovo after scoring his third goal of the night on November 3rd in Phoenix. (Photo: Yardbarker.com)

Both the Nashville Predators and the Phoenix Coyotes looked to improve on their successful seasons one year ago. So far, the Coyotes have delivered while the Predators have became stagnant, unable to move up in the Western Conference standings.

Nashville boasts an impressive 4-0-1 record against Phoenix, picking up points in their five last visits to Bridgestone Arena. Furthermore, the Predators have picked up points 12 out of the last 13 times Phoenix has rolled into town.

Nashville has seen its fair share of overtime this season. The Predators have picked up points in Phoenix’s last five trips to Bridgestone Arena dating back to Feb. 2, 2008 (4-0-1 record), and 12 times in the Coyotes 13 trips to the Music City since Jan. 11, 2003 (10-1-(1)-1 record).

Kurt Sauer and Kyle Turris are on injured reserve for Phoenix and will be out of the lineup. Predators fans all know that Nashville is playing without Matthew Lombardi and David Legwand. Cody Franson is listed as probable for tonight after taking a high stick to the throat on Saturday night.