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Coyotes conclude trip against Predators

Thursday, 02.14.2013 / 3:38 PM

Brian Compton - Deputy Managing Editor

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Coyotes conclude trip against Predators
Phoenix Coyotes vs. Nashville Predators

COYOTES (6-5-2) at PREDATORS (6-3-4)


Last 10: Phoenix 5-3-2; Nashville 5-3-2.

Season series: This is second of three meetings. The Coyotes earned a 4-0 win against the Predators on Jan. 28 at Arena.

Big story: It’s a matchup featuring goaltenders who have played huge roles for their respective clubs. Nashville’s Pekka Rinne is boasting a 1.75 goals-against average and .934 save percentage in 11 appearances, while Mike Smith has a 2.06 GAA over the past six games for the Coyotes.

Team scope:

Coyotes: Phoenix has responded with back-to-back victories since suffering a 6-2 loss against the Chicago Blackhawks last Thursday. Captain Shane Doan had a big night Monday, when he scored a pair of goals – including the game-winner in overtime – to lift the Coyotes to a 3-2 win against the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center. The victory came just 48 hours after Smith outdueled Antti Niemi in a 1-0 shootout win at the San Jose Sharks.

Thursday’s match concludes the Coyotes’ three-game road trip.

“We were very fortunate to find a way to get the two points,” Doan said after Monday’s win.

Predators: Nashville also blanked the Sharks this week. Rinne made 25 saves for his second shutout in three starts in a 1-0 overtime win at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday night. Colin Wilson scored the only goal of the game with 2:08 remaining in the extra session.

"I thought the third period we were the better team and I think that momentum kind of carried us to the overtime," Rinne said. "Obviously, it was great to see that (goal) go in."

Who’s hot: Since allowing four goals in that aforementioned loss to the Coyotes, Rinne is 5-1-0 with a 0.97 GAA.

Injury report: Phoenix is missing forward Matthew Lombardi (upper body) and defenseman David Schlemko (shoulder). … Nashville will be without forward Patric Hornqvist (knee). Defenseman Hal Gill (undisclosed) is day-to-day.

2012-2013 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Mar 28 '13 PHX 7 at NSH 4 K. Yandle
Feb 14 '13 PHX 0 at NSH 3 G. Bourque
Jan 28 '13 NSH 0 at PHX 4 A. Vermette
R. Vrbata143811-1810
O. Ekman-Larsson14358+01201
M. Boedker14268+2420
M. Hanzal10527-2011
L. Korpikoski14437-2210
S. Doan14437-31901
K. Yandle14156+02410
S. Sullivan11415-41620
A. Vermette14325-2411
D. Moss14145+1600
D. Morris14055+11600
N. Johnson9314+1011
B. Gordon14044-2400
K. Chipchura14033+13200
D. Schlemko9022+1200
M. Lombardi4022+0000
R. Torres6101+0500
Z. Michalek14011+01000
M. Stone10000-5400
P. Bissonnette7000+01000
A. Bolduc7000-3200
R. Klesla5000-3200
D. Rundblad4000-2000
A. Miele1000+1000
C. Summers1000+0200
M. Smith104-4-1252512.78.900
J. LaBarbera41-2-09982.83.908
C. Johnson21-0-12420.98.952
C. Wilson14459+2411
M. Erat13369+02201
R. Ellis14246+3220
G. Bourque12325+3412
D. Legwand14235+4810
B. Yip14235+31000
K. Klein14145+6000
N. Spaling14314-2800
M. Fisher14224+0610
P. Hornqvist5134-1410
S. Kostitsyn14123+2400
P. Gaustad11123+11200
S. Weber14022+11300
J. Blum7022+3200
R. Clune13101+22901
R. Josi14011+0400
C. Smith14011-1600
M. Halischuk9011+0600
S. Hannan14000-31100
H. Gill12000+0600
B. McGrattan2000+0000
P. Rinne126-3-3203241.61.938
C. Mason21-0-13621.45.952