The Nashville Predators will try to string together a winning streak as they conclude their three-game road trip tonight in Arizona against the Coyotes at Gila River Arena (9 p.m. CT). It's the first of three meetings this season between the Preds and Yotes; Arizona will visit Nashville in December before the Predators return in March.
After starting the trip with a loss against the Kings in L.A., the Preds bounced back with their best all-around effort of the season in a 5-2 victory over the Golden Knights in Vegas. However, Nashville winger Filip Forsberg left Tuesday's game in the third period and did not return.
Following Wednesday's optional practice in Arizona, Predators Head Coach Peter Laviolette gave this update on Forsberg: "We'll see where he's at tomorrow. He's probably a game-time decision with a lower-body injury."
Whether they have Forsberg with them or not against the Coyotes, the Predators would certainly like to build upon Tuesday's effort that saw them hold the high-powered Golden Knights to just two goals, while scoring five of their own for the fourth time in six outings this season.
"Vegas is a really strong team, so to go in there and fight for that win I thought was really good," Laviolette said. "We're all disappointed about the L.A. [game]… There's a minute to go and we have an opportunity to walk away with a point and we let that point slip away at a minimum. We've got to get that point and fight for the other point after that, so that's a little bit disappointing. But we've got a game here where we can get a win and close it out and have a successful trip and head back home."
Video: Rinne stops 33 shots in Predators' 5-2 win
Last Time Out:
All four lines scored and the Preds extended their power-play goal streak to five games in their 5-2 win over Vegas. Forsberg, Kyle Turris, Colton Sissons, Calle Jarnkrok and Nick Bonino all tallied on the night, and goaltender Pekka Rinne made 33 saves to collect his fourth win of the season.
Forsberg's goal gave him at least a point in all six games to start the season, a total that pulled him even with former Preds defenseman Marek Zidlicky for the longest point streak of its kind in team history.
Arizona is 2-2-1 through five games to start the season, including a 4-2 triumph at Winnipeg on Tuesday. The Coyotes have only scored 11 goals thus far, but they've only allowed nine as well.
Nick Schmaltz leads the Coyotes with three goals and five points; Conor Garland, Christian Dvorak, Carl Soderberg, Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Clayton Keller all have three points apiece. Offseason acquisition Phil Kessel has recorded two assists in five games with the Coyotes. Darcy Kuemper is 2-2-0 in net for Arizona with a .955 save percentage that ranks near the top of the League.
The Predators are 37-28-(2)-6 all-time against the Coyotes, including a 14-17-(0)-5 record on the road. Overall, the Preds have won 11 of their last 17 games vs. the Coyotes (11-4-2). Nashville has a point in five of its last seven contests against Arizona (4-2-1).
Nashville has earned at least a point in three of its last five (1-2-2) and nine of its last 13 (6-4-3) road games versus Arizona, and the Preds will soon be divisional rivals with the Coyotes, as Arizona will move to the Central beginning in 2021-22.
Notables Versus Arizona:
Pekka Rinne is 19-9-2 in his career against Arizona with a 2.06 goals-against average and .926 save percentage. His six shutouts versus the Coyotes are his most against a single opponent in his career.
Ryan Ellis has 15 points (8g-7a) in 20 career games against the Coyotes - eight of which (6g-2a) have come in his last seven matchups. Ellis scored in four straight games (5g) versus Arizona from March 20, 2017 to March 25, 2018.
Craig Smith has 14 points (5g-9a) in 24 career matchups with Arizona, and Dan Hamhuis is Nashville's current career leader in points against the Coyotes, logging 23 (9g-14a) in 54 games.
Watch & Listen:
Coverage for tonight's 9 p.m. (CT) puck drop at Gila River Arena begins with Predators Live on Fox Sports Tennessee at 8:30 p.m. Willy Daunic, Chris Mason and Lyndsay Rowley have the call on the television side, while Pete Weber and Hal Gill will broadcast on 102.5 The Game and the Predators Radio Network. For broadcast information and channel locations throughout the country, click here.
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