The Phoenix Coyotes' stunning success last season included their first appearance in the Western Conference finals, and that came at the expense of the Nashville Predators.
Neither team has played at that level since returning from the lockout, and now the Predators are without Patric Hornqvist.
In their first meeting since facing off in the playoffs, the Coyotes and Predators are both looking for just their second win in six games this season Monday night.
Phoenix (1-4-0) won a division title for the first time in franchise history last season, ousting Chicago and then Nashville before falling to eventual Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles in the conference finals.
The Coyotes eliminated the Predators in five games, winning three times at home.
A rematch in this year's postseason seems unlikely at the moment. Phoenix allowed at least four goals for the fourth time in five games Saturday, losing 4-2 to the visiting Kings.
The Predators (1-1-3) are doing a little better, although...