Originally posted on Fang Faction  |  Last updated 10/31/13
The Nashville Predators (6-5-1) faceoff against the Phoenix Coyotes (8-3-2) Thursday night in their first of three meetings this season. This is the start of a seven game road trip for the Predators, which will be without Pekka Rinne. Phoenix is looking to continue their hot streak. Through 13 games they are 4th in the NHL in total scoring with 3.31 goals per game.  The Predators will need a big game from Carter Hutton tonight to pull this one out.  TV/RADIO COVERAGE Nashville: 102.5 The Game, FSN-Tennessee  Phoenix: FSN-Arizona Live Stream: http://livetv.ru/en/eventinfo/195080_phoenix_nashville/ Listen Online SEASON SERIES This is the first of 3 games this season. LINE UP NEWS Starting Goaltenders: Name W L OT GAA SV% #30 Carter Hutton 2 1 0 2.42 .927 #41 Mike Smith 7 2 2 2.97 .912 Nashville Injuries:#12 F Mike Fisher (day to day; lower body injury)  Phoenix Injuries: #28 F Lauri Korpikoski #16 D Rotislov Klesla (both are day to day with undisclosed injuries) Projected Nashville Scratches: #16 W Rich Clune  #4 D Ryan Ellis Projected Phoenix Scratches: PROJECTED LINES Nashville  Wilson - Legwand - Hornqvist Bourque - Cullen - Smith Nystrom - Spaling - Stalberg Hendricks - Gaustad - Forsberg Jones - Weber Ekholm - Klein Bartley - Josi Hutton Hellberg   Phoenix Bodeker – Ribero - Vrbata Klinkhammer – Vermette -Vrbata Kennedy – Miele - Moss Schwarz – Chipchura - Bissonette Ekman-Larsson – Michalek Yandle - Morris Stone – Schlenko Smith Griess   PLAYERS TO WATCH Nashville: #59 D Roman Josi.  This will be Josi’s first night back since suffering his concussion.  It will be interesting to see how he bounces back.  Phoenix: #17 F Radim Vrbata.  Vrbata has gotten off to a hot start this season already netting 12 points in 13 games.  When healthy he is one of the most underrated scoring forwards in the league.   Who scores the first goal of the game for Predators? Win a Preds player t-shirt, info here.
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