Found April 24, 2012 on PredsOnTheGlass:


Game 1 - Predators at Coyotes, Arena
Game 2 - Predators at Coyotes, Arena
Game 3 - Coyotes at Predators, Bridgestone Arena
Game 4 - Coyotes at Predators, Bridgestone Arena
Game 5 - Predators at Coyotes, Arena, (if necessarily)
Game 6 - Coyotes at Predators, Bridgestone Arena, (if necessarily)
Game 7 - Predators at Coyotes, Arena, (if necessarily)

Dates and times TBA

TV and Radio


Radio:  Preds Radio Network (102.5-FM The Game)

Prior Meetings...

October 13, 2011 - Coyotes 5, Predators 2 (Bridgestone Arena) - After starting the season 2-0 on the road, the Preds came home and looked flat in a game where little went their way. Paul Bissonnnette would not answer the call from Brian McGrattan in his first game as a Predator. Jason Labarbara got the win in goal.

November 3, 2011 - Predators 3, Coyotes 0 (  Arena) - Pekka Rinne signed a $49 million contract in the morning and then threw a 35 save shutout that night. That about says it all.

December 6, 2011- Coyotes 3, Predators 2 (Bridgestone Arena) - The Predators gave up goals early (9 seconds in) and late (1:45 left) in a game that the Preds never led and the loss left the team and coach frustrated. The team's record was 12-11-4 at the end of the game. From that point forward, they went 36-15-4.

March 12, 2012 - Predators 5, Coyotes 4, (SO) (  Arena) - Andrei Kostitsyn scored the only goal in the shootout to give the even the season series with the Yotes. In what was billed as a battle of top goalies, both Rinne and Mike Smith gave up four goals on 35 shots.

Statistical Comparison

Reg Sea PlayoffsReg Sea PlayoffsRecord48-26-8 (5)4-1-042-27-13 (11)4-2-2Home26-10-5 (6)2-1-022-13-6 (17)1-2-2Away22-16-3 (8)2-0-020-14-7 (9)3-0-0Goals For (Rank)2.83 (8)2.60 (5)2.56 (18)2.83 (3)Goals Allow (Rank)2.50 (10)1.80 (3)2.37 (5)2.00 (5)Shots (Rank)27.6 (25)23.2 (16)29.6 (16)26.5 (15)Shots Allow (Rank)30.8 (20)32.0 (12)31.6 (28)40.2 (16)PIMs (Rank)8.4 (1)11.8 (7)9.2 (3)9.5 (3)Faceoff % (Rank)49.0 (22)50.2 (8)50.2 (15)50.7 (7)PP % (Rank)21.65 (1)9.1% (15)13.65 (29)21.0% (6) PK % (Rank)83.6% (10)82.6% (10)85.5% (8)94.7% (1) 
Note - Rankings after games of 4/23/12

Top Scorers (Playoffs)

Nashville  (G-A-P)

Alexander Radulov (1-4-5)
Gabriel Bourque  (3-1-4)
David Legwand   (2-2-4)
Kevin Klein   (2-1-3)
Shea Weber   (2-0-2)
Paul Gaustad   (1-1-2)
Andrei Kostitsyn   (1-1-2)
Mike Fisher   (0-2-2)
Martin Erat (0-2-2)
Nick Spaling (0-2-2)

Phoenix (A-A-P)

Antoine Vermette   (4-1-5)
Keith Yandle   (0-5-5)
Mikkel Boedker   (2-2-4)
Rostislav Klesla   (1-3-4)
Taylor Pyatt   (2-1-3)
Gilbert Brule   (2-1-3)
Ryan. Whitney   (1-2-3)
Oliver Ekman-Larsson   (1-2-3)
Daymond Langkow   (0-3-3)
Shane Doan   (1-1-2)

In Goal (Playoffs)


Pekka Rinne  (4-1-0, 1.81, .944)


Mike Smith  (4-2-0, 1.81, .950)

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