GAME: Phoenix Coyotes (10-11-10-1) at Nashville Predators (15-12-2-2).
TIME: Monday, 8 p.m. EST.
Until this season, the Nashville Predators had never recorded 15 wins before
Off to the best start in the team's six-year history, Nashville will look
for its second consecutive win when it hosts the Phoenix Coyotes.
Nashville is 15-12-2-2 through 31 games compared to 7-15-5-4 at this time
The Predators snapped a five-game winless streak Saturday with a 1-0 win
over the Detroit Red Wings. Tomas Vokoun made 21 saves, and Dan Hamhuis scored
the game's only goal.
The rookie defenseman scored on a breakaway at 8:33 of the third period for
the first game-winning goal of his career.
"I just came down the middle of the ice to support and play defense,"
"The puck squirted out. I noticed that their one defenseman was down, so
it's a two-on-one with David Legwand. As I skated on the ice, their defenseman
slid over and gave me a lot of room on that side. I took a shot, and it went
While Hamhuis provided the only scoring, the Predators were dramatically
better on special teams. After giving up four power-play goals in a 4-3 loss to
the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday, they held the Red Wings scoreless on six
The Coyotes are winless in four straight games and are 1-2-4 in their last
After Shane Doan scored less than six minutes into the first period
Saturday, the Coyotes hung on for a 1-1 tie with the St. Louis Blues. Goalie
Sean Burke made 30 saves.
Phoenix was outshot 31-25 and managed just one shot during a four-minute man
advantage during the third period. The Coyotes had just killed a four-minute
power play prior to that.
"You don't see too much of that," Coyotes coach Bob Francis said. "If
it's going to occur, you would like to have it first because killing a penalty
saps your energy and we use a lot of guys on both units."
Phoenix is 3-1-10 in overtime games this season.