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The Predators return to Phoenix for the first time since last year's second round playoff elimination. Both teams are off to a pretty poor start on the season and will be looking to turn things around tonight. Injuries have left the Coyotes without their playoff hero and goaltending superstar Mike Smith, while the Predators have lost offensive thread Patric Hornqvist.
Nashville: Fox Sports Tennessee and 102.5 The Game
Anaheim: Fox Sports Arizona and 1510AM KFNN
2011 - 12 Season Series
5-4 NSH (SO)
Line Up News
Projected Starting Goaltenders:
#35 Pekka Rinne
#20 Jason Labarbra
Projected Nashville Scratches: #7 D Jonathon Blum, #23 Brian McGrattan, #24 Matt Halischuk, and #27 Patric Hornqvist (injury)
Projected Phoenix Scratches: D. Rundblad, M, Lombardi (injury), M Smith (injury) and R. Torres (Suspended)
#74 Sergei Kostitsyn
#12 Mike Fisher
#10 Martin Erat
#57 Gabriel Bourque
#11 David Legwand
#33 Colin Wilson
#74 Sergei Kostitsyn
#28 Paul Gaustad
#18 Brandon Yip
#16 Rich Clune
#13 Nick Spaling
#15 Craig Smith
#6 Shea Weber
#59 Roman Josi
#8 Kevin Klein
#22 Scott Hannan
#75 Hal Gill
#4 Ryan Ellis
#35 Pekka Rinne
#30 Chris Mason
#26 Steve Sullivan
#55 Antoine Vermette
#19 Shane Doan
#89 Mikkel Boedker
#11 Martin Hanzal
#17 Radim Vrbate
#28 Lauri Korpikoski
#15 Boyd Gordon
#25 David Moss
#12 Paul Bissonnette
# 49 Alexandre Bolduc
#24 Kyle Chipchura
#23 Oliver Ekamn-Larsson
#4 Zebnek Michalek
#3 Keith Yandle
#53 Derek Morris
#26 Michael Stone
#6 David Schlemko
#1 Jason LaBarbera
#30 Chad Johnson
Thoughts on Both Teams
Predators: The team will be looking to get their offensive game on track without top six forward Patric Hornqvist, who suffered an upper body injury during Saturday's SO loss to Anaheim. Pekka Rinne is still winless this season and has lost three games in shootouts.
Still scratched is Brian McGratten who will be sitting in favour of fourth line superstar-prospect-most-effective-man-ever Richard Clune. Here at Fang Faction we are still not sure what Trotz or the Preds organization sees in Clune, but we're not getting the same vibes.
Hopefully Nashville still has a bitter taste in their mouth after last year's playoff exit and they can use it do drive them to only their second win of the season.
Coyotes: The Coyotes are also having a hard time finding their stride in this shortened season. They are 1 - 4 - 0 with their win coming over the Blue Jackets. The Coyote's offense has been buzzing, scoring 17 goals in their first 5 games, but their strong-on-paper defense and injured top goalie are hurting the club. They are ranked worst in the league in Goals against, with an average of 4 per game.
The Yotes are going to need to tighten it up in their own zone again and try to limit the shots that reach fatigued back-up Labarbra, who played lost last night agaisnt Los Angeles.
The team will be looking for a big game from ex-Predator Steve Sullivan who is leading the team with 4 goals in 5 games played. They will also be hoping that Yandle, Ekman-Larsan, Morris and Klesla can be physical and win the battles deep in their own zone.
Phoenix Coyotes Players to Watch:
#26 Steve Sullivan
#17 Radim Vrbata
#89 Mikkel Boedker
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Nashville Predators wing Patric Hornqvist will be sidelined indefinitely after suffering a lower-body injury in Saturday night's game at Anaheim, Predators coach Barry Trotz told the Tennessean. "He's a big part of what we do," Trotz said, according to the Tennessean. "He's a great guy who brings a lot of energy. He's as hard as they come. He'...
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Preds F Patric Hornqvist has returned to Nashville to be evaluated for a leg injury suffered during a stretch where he was hit in the upper thigh by a Shea Weber shot from the point, then had an awkward collision along the boards with Ducks F Ryan Getzlaf on Saturday night in Anaheim. Both incidents sent the gritty forward to ...
Both teams were coming off embarrassing losses. The Anaheim Ducks got blasted by the Vancouver Canucks, 5-0, on Friday night and the Nashville Predators looked like a minor league squad against the St. Louis Blues, losing 3-0, on Thursday. Something had to give.
In front of 17,174 at Honda Center, the Ducks used the shootout to down the Preds, 3-2.
Nashville went to a shootout in...
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Being a backup most of his career, Jason LaBarbera is looking to show the entire world that he can still play in the NHL well. LaBarbera has found himself playing for four NHL teams--New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings, Vancouver Canucks and Phoenix Coyotes--and has been back and forth in the minors. However, in the past six seasons, LaBarbera...
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The Phoenix Coyotes and goalie Chad Johnson were able to shutout the Nashville Predators for the second time in the last three games. Pekka Rinne has still yet to record a win this season, even though he has been playing well. “We are really hanging [Rinne] out to dry,” said forward Nick Spaling. The offensive production was...
PHOENIX -- Chad Johnson, making his first start in nearly three years, stopped 22 shots for his first career shutout and the Phoenix Coyotes beat the Nashville Predators 4-0 on Monday night. Johnson posted his first victory since Jan. 31, 2010, at Colorado in his fourth career start. He had not started an NHL game in his home arena and had appeared in only one game there. Keith...
The Phoenix Coyotes just turned to a goaltender who hadn't made an NHL start in three years. The result was the team's best defensive effort of the season.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. The National Hockey Leagues Nashville Predators and the teams exclusive regional television partner FOX Sports Tennessee, along with sister station SportSouth, today announced a new long-term television rights agreement. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Under the new agreement, FOX Sports Tennessee and SportSouth will televise a minimum of 75 Nashville Predators...
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First, Hornqvist took a Shea Weber shot off his right thigh, which left him hobbling off to the bench for repairs. Signs were hopeful at that time, as he made it back out for another shift, but a Ducks player then fell into Hornqvist's left leg in the corner of the Anaheim zone, causing that knee to buckle at an unnatural angle....
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No matter what was said in the locker room after last night’s demoralizing 4-0 loss to the struggling Phoenix Coyotes, the actuality of the situation is very straightforward. Nashville’s offense, while potent last season and not without the ability to score, has stumbled out of the starting gate to begin this condensed season.
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Nashville would take a lead twice, give it up twice, head to their third shootout, and grab their third shootout loss, losing to Anaheim 3-2 on a Corey Perry shootout goal. The Predators now are 1-1-3 on the season, 1-1-1 on the current road trip, and will be at Phoenix on Monday night for the fourth game of the seven game roadtrip.