Originally posted on The Predatorial  |  Last updated 2/13/13
Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images The Phoenix Coyotes put a “Thwipping” (thorough whipping) on the Nashville Predators on January 29th by a score of 4-0. The Predators couldn’t stop any of the fore-checking power of the Coyotes in their first meeting since the Predators were ousted by Phoenix in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season. The Coyotes are 4-1-1 in their last six games. Similar to the wave Nashville has been riding (4-1-1), Phoenix has been doing it by winning tough, gritty games. Game time is at 7 P. M. and for all you love birds, the Predators and Bridgestone Arena have numerous specials and event to cater to the Valentine’s Day festivities. 102.5 the Game has the radio call with Tom Callahan and Stu Grimson and FS Tennessee as the video feed with the incomparable Pete Weber and Terry Crisp. In this six game streak for both teams, Chicago was the lone regulation loss on the schedule. Chicago beat Phoenix 6-2 and Nashville 3-0. Phoenix has been getting scoring help all through their lineup with Martin Hanzal leading the team in goals (5) and Radim Vrbata on top with 11 points. Mike Smith has been back in for the Coyotes and in 9 games played already has two shutouts. Oliver Ekman-Larsson continues his steady development into a top line defenseman capable of putting up points similar to Shattenkirk or Pietrangelo on St. Louis. With Morris and Yandle complimenting the rest of the top defensive core and Tippett in attendance at Tuesday nights overtime thriller, the Predators can expect the Coyotes to have plenty of study on their techniques. Nashville came out against the Sharks with another weak shot-on-goal performance in the first period. After that, Trotz got down to business and presumably “ate their lunch” in the dressing room. Trotz stated in the first intermission interview that he was “embarrassed” by how Nashville played the first period and that he “despised” everything they did in the first. The Predators responded by putting more shots on goal than the Sharks in the second despite killing off 5 penalties. The result? A 1-0 overtime win that simply happened by Ryan Ellis shooting the puck and Colin Wilson deflecting it past Niemi for the game-winner. Terry Crisp’s tutelage comes to life. The expected lineup for the Predators: Erat/Fisher/Kostitsyn Bourque/Legwand/Wilson Smith/Gaustad/Halischuk Clune/Spaling/Yip Weber/Hannan Klein/Josi Blum/Ellis Rinne For the Coyotes to win: Play the trap-style defense that succeeded on January 29th. The Coyotes have the knack for clamping down a team like the St. Louis Blues Ken Hitchcock game plan so often does to Nashville. The Coyotes have stellar defense and always have two men back to alleviate odd-man rushes and the quickness of forwards like Lauri Korpikoski can take away any possible 3-on-2 situations. Speaking of Korpikoski, he is a dangerous player. He typically flies under the radar of most hockey writers not from the desert, but his skills against the Predators are nightmare-inducing stuff. He has 4 goals and 2 assists on the year and a staggering 2PIM. He stays out of trouble and is a solid two-way forward with a gifted set of Hermes’ sandals…he flat-out flies. The Predators have enough to worry about with Doan, Yandle, Hanzal and Vrbata. Throwing a player like Korpikoski into the mix makes for interesting matchup that do not favor Nashville. For the Predators to win: Take the last two periods and overtime of the San Jose game and repeat. Trotz was heavy-handed in the vitriol after the first period Tuesday night and the Predators responded in kind by constantly buzzing around San Jose’s offensive zone and keeping the play to the outside of their own defensive zone. Rinne further helped the defense being the #1 penalty killer for the Predators once again stopping some point-blank shots in the 5-on-3 and especially in the first period with Martin Havlat setting up shop in the slot. All but four players have scored at least one point for the Predators (Gill, Hannan, McGrattan, Halischuk). Even Rinne has an assist on the year. If the Predators can continue to score by committee and Colin Wilson can keep up his torrid pace which has him solely leading the Predators in points and goals, it will be a great game for the fans at Bridgestone Arena attempting to behold yet another hopeful sellout. It is worth noting that Pekka Rinne is 6th in the league in GAA (1.75) with at least 7 games played (also 6th in SV% with .934). ————————————————– If you like what we have listed out here or if you have any questions/comments/concerns, feel free to let us know below or on Twitter @ThePredatorial and @Preducated Stay HardCore…
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Week 5 NFL game watchability rankings

Gregg Popovich makes LaMarcus Aldridge sit out practice

Greg Hardy excited to face Tom Brady because of wife Gisele

Aldon Smith pleads not guilty to hit-and-run DUI

Why the Thunder starters need to stay healthy this year

Josh McCown, Craig Robertson defend Joe Haden


Jimmy Butler cannot believe teams game-plan for him

James Harden: I know I was the MVP, that’s 100 percent given

Five questions about the 2015 American League Wild Card game

Kevin Love expected to be cleared for Cavs’ opening night

Dan Jennings will not return as Marlins manager

Bowling Green State coach saves motorist from serious injury

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Arrieta-Cole, objectively one of best playoff matchups ever

The controversy and numbers behind the 'CONCACAF Cup'

Why the Thunder starters need to stay healthy

Roddy White: I want to catch passes

Five questions about the 2015 AL Wild Card game

Bowling Green State coach saves motorist from serious injury

Bills defenders: Odell Beckham Jr. is a prima donna

Lifelong Yankees fan disses Alex Rodriguez in obituary

Trail Blazers honor Umpqua Community College victims

CC Sabathia and the humanity of athletes

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker