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GAME: Phoenix Coyotes (30-32-4) at Nashville Predators (38-19-8).

TIME: Thursday, 8 p.m. EST.

The Nashville Predators look to set a franchise record for most wins in a season when they host the Phoenix Coyotes.

Nashville matched its team record for victories set in 2003-04, beating the Vancouver Canucks 5-0 on Tuesday for its 38th win. Tomas Vokoun made 31 saves in his third shutout of the season for the Predators, who have earned at least one point in six straight games (4-0-2).

Nashville is fourth in the Western Conference, four points ahead of Colorado.

"We had our legs tonight, everyone was flying, and Vokoun was steady as a rock again for us," said Steve Sullivan, who had three assists. "We're still gunning for (Central Division-leading) Detroit, and we have plenty of games left."

Dan Hamhuis and Scott Hartnell each had a goal and an assist for Nashville, which improved to 23-0-4 when leading after two periods. Hamhuis' goal was his third of the season and first since Nov. 23.

"We executed really well and took parts of their game away and established parts of our game tonight," coach Barry Trotz said. "You need a lot of different parts working together if you want to be successful."

Nashville has scored 201 goals this season, 15 shy of the team record set in 2003-04.

The Coyotes ended a three-game losing streak on Tuesday with a 6-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings. Geoff Sanderson had a goal and two assists for Phoenix, which is 12 points back of the eighth and final playoff spot in the West.

Dave Scatchard was high-sticked and broke his nose about 4 1/2 minutes into the second period, but returned in the third and had a power-play goal. He's expected to play against the Predators.

"Scatchard battles every night," said coach Wayne Gretzky, whose team improved to 1-1 on its five-game trip. "He broke his nose and bounced back. He won some faceoffs and did a nice job killing penalties. It was nice to see him get a goal on the power play."

Curtis Joseph made 27 saves for his 421st win, putting him within two of Tony Esposito for sixth place on the NHL's all-time list.

The Predators have won four straight against the Coyotes, and including a tie on Dec. 22, 2003, haven't lost to Phoenix since April 4, 2003.

STANDINGS: Coyotes - 64 points, 5th place, 25 PB, Pacific Division. Predators - 84 points, 2nd place, 11 PB, Central Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Coyotes - Shane Doan, 23 goals and 114 PIM; Ladislav Nagy, 41 assists and 56 points. Predators - Sullivan, 28 goals; Paul Kariya, 42 assists and 64 points; Brendan Witt, 158 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Coyotes - Power play: 18.4 percent (81 for 440), 9th in NHL. Penalty killing: 81.5 percent (344 for 422), 21st. Predators - Power play: 18.1 percent (73 for 403), 12th. Penalty killing: 85.3 percent (359 for 421), 4th.

GOALTENDERS: Coyotes - Joseph (25-19-2, 2 SO, 3.04 GAA); Philippe Sauve (3-5-0, 3.36). Predators - Vokoun (32-14-7, 3, 2.54); Chris Mason (5-4-1, 3.23).

SEASON SERIES: Predators, 1-0.

LAST MEETING: Oct. 13; Predators 5-4, SO. At Glendale, Ariz., Sullivan had two goals and Kariya scored the winner in the shootout.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Coyotes - 14-16-1 on the road; Predators - 24-6-1 at home.

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