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Preview: Predators at Coyotes

Nashville's Mike Fisher questionable, Arizona missing center Martin Hanzal, defenseman Michael Stone

by Jerry Brown / Correspondent

PREDATORS (3-5-1) at COYOTES (3-6-0)

10 p.m. ET; FS-A, FS-TN, NHL.TV


Predators team scope

Nashville Predators captain Mike Fisher is questionable with an upper-body injury. He didn't practice Wednesday. If he can't play, Kevin Fiala is the likely replacement. Pekka Rinne will celebrate his 34th birthday by starting against the Coyotes after making 28 saves in a 5-1 road victory against the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday for his second win this season. Nashville's offense came alive against Colorado, but the Predators are still waiting for Filip Forsberg, who led them with 33 goals last season, to score his first in 2016-17. He is tied for the team lead in points with seven, all assists, in nine games and had two against the Avalanche. The Predators are 1-2-1 in a five-game road trip that ends against Arizona.


Coyotes team scope

The Arizona Coyotes will be without center Martin Hanzal, who left after one period of a 3-2 win against the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday and is undergoing further tests on a lower-body injury. Forward Tobias Rieder, who left the San Jose game after taking a blocked shot off his left leg, skated briefly and is questionable. Arizona has recalled center Christian Dvorak from Tucson of the American Hockey League. The Coyotes will also be without defenseman Michael Stone for a third straight game due to an upper-body injury. Second-year forward Max Domi is still looking for his first goal of the season. He has six assists in the first nine games. Louis Domingue, coming off a 39-save win against San Jose, will start. Rookie defenseman Jakob Chychrun, played 23 minutes against the Sharks in his eighth NHL game.


Predators projected lineup

Filip Forsberg -- Ryan Johansen -- James Neal

Viktor Arvidsson -- Mike Fisher -- Calle Jarnkrok

Colin Wilson -- Mike Ribeiro -- Craig Smith

Cody Bass -- Colton Sissons -- Austin Watson

Mattias Ekholm -- P.K. Subban

Roman Josi -- Ryan Ellis

Matt Irwin -- Yannick Weber

Pekka Rinne

Marek Mazanec

Scratched: Matt Carle. Kevin Fiala, Harry Zolnierczyk

Injured: Anthony Bitetto (upper body), Miikka Salomaki (upper body)

Coyotes projected lineup

Max Domi -- Jordan Martinook -- Radim Vrbata

Jamie McGinn -- Dylan Strome -- Anthony Duclair

Laurent Dauphin -- Brad Richardson -- Shane Doan           

Lawson Crouse -- Christian Dvorak -- Ryan White

Oliver Ekman-Larsson -- Alex Goligoski

Jakob Chychrun -- Connor Murphy

Kevin Connauton -- Luke Schenn

Louie Domingue

Justin Peters

Scratched: None

Injured: Martin Hanzal (lower body), Tobias Rieder (lower body), Mike Smith (knee), Michael Stone (upper body)


Status report

Smith, out since Oct. 18 with a knee injury, skated with full equipment Thursday but isn't facing shots. Coach Dave Tippett said Smith is at least a week away from consideration for a return. If Rieder can't play, Dauphin would take his place on a line with Richardson and Doan. With Hanzal out, Martinook will center for Domi and Vrbata and Dvorak will center the fourth line between Crouse and White.


Who's hot

Smith had the 11th multigoal game of his career against Colorado. Nine of those 11 have come on the road. Neal had his first two-point game of the season and has points in back-to-back games. Forsberg has seven points in six career games against Arizona. … Richardson has a point in seven of Arizona's nine games. He is tied with Vrbata for the team lead with four goals.

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