The Nashville Predators will conclude their five-game road trip tonight in the desert as they take on the Arizona Coyotes. It's the first of three meetings between the two clubs this season; Nashville will host Arizona twice as the schedule continues.
Nashville carried their perfect road record through the first two games of the current trip, but have now dropped two straight, including a 5-4 loss to San Jose on Tuesday, their first regulation road defeat of the season.
The Preds were without forward Calle Jarnkrok (lower-body) for the third consecutive game, and defenseman P.K. Subban left the game in the first period and did not return. Forward Viktor Arvidsson (upper-body) and defenseman Dan Hamhuis remain on Injured Reserve.
Forward Austin Watson has finished serving his 18-game suspension and has been reinstated to the team's active roster ahead of tonight's game.
Update: The Predators have placed Subban on Injured Reserve and activated Hamhuis from the IR. Arvidsson will miss the next 6-8 weeks with a broken thumb. In addition, Jarnkrok and Watson will return to the lineup tonight in Arizona.
[Read More: Arvidsson Out 6-8 Weeks; Projected Lineup at Coyotes]
[Audio: Laviolette on The Jim Rome Show]