Originally posted on Fang Faction  |  Last updated 2/14/13
The Nashville Predators seek revenge at Bridgestone Arena Thursday night against the Phoenix Coyotes after the 'Yotes dominated Nashville 4-0 in Glendale. Nashville is 6-3-4 with 16 points and ranked 5th in the Western Conference. Phoenix is 6-5-2 with 14 points and ranked 9th in the Western Conference. Puck drops at 7:07 PM CT/6:07 PM MT. TV/Radio Coverage Nashville: Fox Sports Tennessee and 102.5 The Game Phoenix: Fox Sports Arizona and XTRA Sports 910 Season Series Date Away Home Result 1/28 NSH PHX 0-4 PHX Line Up News Starting Goaltenders: Name W L OT GAA SV% #35 Pekka Rinne 5 3 3 1.75 .934 #41 Mike Smith 4 3 1 2.76 .901 Projected Nashville Scratches: #75 D Hal Gill (day-to-day) and #27 W Patric Hornqvist (IR; lower-body)  Projected Phoenix Scratches: #20 D Chris Summers and #32 W Nick Johnson; #8 C Matt Lombardi (IR; upper-body) and #6 D David Schlemko (IR; shoulder) Projected Lines Nashville #33 Colin Wilson #11 David Legwand #57 Gabriel Bourque #74 Sergei Kostitsyn #12 Mike Fisher #10 Martin Erat #18 Brandon Yip #13 Nick Spaling #15 Craig Smith #16 Rich Clune #28 Paul Gaustad #24 Matt Halischuk #6 Shea Weber #22 Scott Hannan #8 Kevin Klein #59 Roman Josi #4 Ryan Ellis #7 Jonathan Blum #35 Pekka Rinne #30 Chris Mason Phoenix #89 Mikkel Boedker #11 Martin Hanzal #17 Radim Vrbata #26 Steve Sullivan #40 Antoine Vemette #19 Shane Doan #28 Lauri Korpikoski #15 Boyd Gordon #18 David Moss #37 Raffi Torres #24 Kyle Chipchura #12 Paul Bissonnette #4 Zbynek Michalek #23 Oliver Ekman-Larsson #3 Keith Yandle #53 Derek Morris #16 Rostislav Klesla #2 David Rundblad #41 Mike Smith #1 Jason LaBarbera Thoughts on Both Teams Predators: Even though Nashville was able to break a two game slump with a win against the San Jose Sharks Tuesday night, the scoring is still not there. The Predators are relying on goaltender Pekka Rinne a bit too much once again in his career, which hasn't turned out really good in the playoffs. Maybe General Manager David Poile should make a move to help the scoring, but someone in the lineup should step up. Head coach Barry Trotz assigned Brian McGrattan to the Milwaukee Admirals for two week conditioning in the AHL. That leaves the Predators without an extra forward on hand, at the moment. For Nashville to win, they need to; 1) Score goals to help Rinne, 2) Hard on the forecheck to beat Phoenix at their own game and 3) Capitalize on the power play. Coyotes: After a slow start to the season, Phoenix has turned things around winning four of their last five games. Currently the Coyotes are on a three game road trip and have won two of the three. Thursday, they will look for a sweep on this road trip, which would benefit them greatly. Raffi Torres is now back on the ice since returning from a long suspension after a illegal hit on Chicago Blackhawks' Marian Hossa in the playoffs. Fans at Bridgestone Arena could see Torres bout with Rich Clune. Torres isn't a player many people like, but rather despise due to his cheap hits and dirty plays. Phoenix recalled defenseman David Rundbland and sent Michael Stone to the AHL. Rundblad may be dressing Thursday night, but if not, Chris Summers will see third line ice time. Phoenix Coyotes Players to Watch: Name GP G A #17 Radim Vrbata 13 3 8 #19 Shane Doan 13 4 3 #23 Oliver Ekman-Larsson 13 3 5  
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