Originally written on The Predatorial  |  Last updated 11/9/14

Photo Credit: John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images

The Nashville Predators and the Phoenix Coyotes have met twice this year splitting the series. The first meeting was on Nashville ice where the Coyotes took the Predators to the woodshed in a 5-2 victory. Nashville exacted some revenge by beating the Coyotes in Glendale by a score of 3-0.

The Coyotes are also coming on the tail-end of a back-to-back against Chicago where the Desert Dogs won 4-3 in a shootout. The extra time frame for this win may shift the favor towards the Predators, but as has been shown throughout the year, Nashville has had some trouble with teams playing the night before.

This Year’s Series: 1-1-0 (0-1-0 Home, 1-0-0 Away)

This Season’s Video Recaps:
Nov. 3rd, 2011:

Oct. 13, 2011:

Looking at the Coyotes: Phoenix stands at 31 points holding the 7th spot in the Western conference. They have been paced by the ageless wonder Ray Whitney (9G, 14A, 23P) and Radim Vrbata (13G, 10A, 23P). Vrbata is the surprise of the year notching 13 goals (tied for top ten in scoring) and potting 3 game-winning goals in the process.

Another key to the Coyotes success is the stellar play of Tampa Bay cast-off Mike Smith. When Bryzgalov was sent packing for richer climes in Philadelphia, Mike Smith has emerged as an above-average backstop for Phoenix posting a GAA of 2.26 and 2 shutouts. His 13 wins are also tied for third in the NHL.

Looking at the Predators: Where to start…the Predators played one of the most complete games they played all year against the Buffalo Sabres only to lose 3-2. A few mistakes by the Predators were taken full advantage of by Buffalo and the outstanding play of Ryan Miller in his first game back from the Lucic hit stilted any chance for the Predators to come away with a W.

As of this writing, there is still nothing to tell about whether or not the services of Jordin Tootoo will be on display against Phoenix after a disciplinary hearing yesterday and the huge announcement from the Board of Governors about Conference realignment, so keep posted to The Predatorial for updates when we get them.

For the Coyotes to win: Use short shifts and play like they did in the first Nashville meeting. Phoenix has a formidable road record this season going 8-4-1. Since LaBarbera’s only win came against Nashville and Phoenix is playing a back-to-back, expect him to get the start over Smith.

Using Vrbata and Yandle to their fullest won’t hurt Phoenix’s chances none and they have a true Predator-killer in Ray Whitney (the one who scored the first goal EVER against Nashville back in ’98). The captain of the Coyotes, Shane Doan, can also be dangerous, so Phoenix needs to utilize all their offensive weapons to pour the shots on Nashville.

For the Predators to win: Play like they did against Buffalo without the defensive miscues. Roman Josi made a couple of bad mistakes and these things will happen to a rookie defender. Playing with the likes of superstar defensemen will only elevate his game as Shea Weber and Ryan Suter are the type to lead by example.

If Rinne gets the start, (which he more than likely will) he will have to step up big time. Now that Lindback has given him some rest, Pekka has no excuses to get back on track and play lights out against a stacked roster of offensive fire-power coming out of Phoenix. If Rinne and the defensive core of the Nashville Predators can return to last season’s form and the offense can continue clicking on the PP, then Nashville may find itself in the driver’s seat of the season series against Phoenix.

———————————————–

If you like what I have listed out here or if you have any questions/comments/concerns, feel free to let me know on Twitter…@Preducated
Stay HardCore, friends

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

WATCH: Wrong national anthem played for El Salvador

WATCH: Russell Wilson smashes HR in Rangers BP

John Fox: Jay Cutler will have to earn starting QB job

Report: Shaka Smart, Gregg Marshall candidates for Texas

Kurt Warner is helping to turn around Colin Kaepernick

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Bizarre call allows Duke to cover spread against Utah

Saints love TE Josh Hill following Jimmy Graham trade

Darren Sproles' role is growing for the Eagles

Barkley, Reggie Miller condemn Indiana religious freedom bill

Metta World Peace interested in coaching at St John's

Knicks want Marc Gasol, do they know what they’re asking for?

Bruins coach suits up as backup goalie

Tennessee fans show love for Bruce Pearl on campus rock

Louisville guard turned off phone after clutch NC State win

Steve Spurrier hung out with Kenny Chesney before concert

Winnipeg Jets prospect had a rough night on the ice

Russell Wilson to suit up for Texas Rangers Saturday

Did Dean Smith’s gifts to former players violate NCAA rules?

WWE unveils Ultimate Warrior statue

WATCH: Tom Brady jumps off tall cliff in Costa Rica

WATCH: 2 Chainz beats Dominique Wilkins in HORSE

Angels remove Josh Hamilton banner from front of stadium

Elite Eight preview: Arizona vs. Wisconsin

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.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

John Fox: Cutler will have to earn job

Texas eyeing Shaka Smart, Gregg Marshall?

WATCH: Brady jumps off cliff in Costa Rica

WATCH: 2 Chainz beats Nique in HORSE

Elite Eight preview and predictions: Notre Dame vs. Kentucky

Elite Eight preview and predictions: Arizona vs. Wisconsin

NFL owners chose cost over game integrity

Be careful how loudly you cheer on Mo'ne Davis' olive branch

James Harden and the collective consciousness

Hottest coaching seats in NBA

Under-the-radar NL MVP candidates

Notre Dame’s coach makes first Elite Eight

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.