Series (Game 3 of 4)

Nashville leads 3-0

Game 1: Monday, December 22nd
Game 2: Saturday, December 27th
Game 3: Thursday, January 15th
Game 4: Saturday, February 21st

Coyotes 3

(16-14-2, 46 pts)

Predators 4

(21-16-2, 50 pts)

8:00 PM ET, January 15, 2004

Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee

1 2 3 T
ARI 1 2 03
NSH 2 1 14

S. Walker (Predators - RW): Goals: 0, Assists: 1

B. Savage (Coyotes - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

A. Hutchinson (Predators - D): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Phoenix (16-13-12-2) at Nashville (20-16-6-2) 8:00 pm EST

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Ticker) -- The Nashville Predators try to gain a point for the 10th straight home game Thursday night as they face the Phoenix Coyotes.

Nashville is unbeaten in its last seven home games (5-0-2) and is 5-0-3-1 here since a 4-1 loss to Los Angeles on December 11.

The Predators come off a 0-0 tie with the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday, when Chris Mason made 33 saves for his first NHL shutout.

Before coming down with the flu last Thursday, starting goalie Tomas Vokoun had made 21 straight starts. Mason beat Colorado and St. Louis here for his first two NHL wins and was sharp again Tuesday.

Phoenix is winless in its last two games following a season-high five-game winning streak. The Coyotes had a six-game unbeaten run snapped with Tuesday's 4-1 home loss to the Vancouver Canucks. Brian Boucher made 16 saves Tuesday and had a 10-game unbeaten run snapped.

Boucher set a modern NHL record with five consecutive shutouts before allowing a power-play goal to Atlanta's Randy Robitaille 6:16 into the first period of Sunday's 1-1 tie.

The Coyotes may be without Ladislav Nagy. The left winger, who leads the team with 20 goals, suffered an eye injury in the second period Tuesday when he was high-sticked by Vancouver defenseman Sami Salo.

Phoenix is 9-6-9-1 on the road and is unbeaten in a franchise-record nine straight road games (5-0-4) The Coyotes broke the mark set from February 25-April 7, 1985 with Friday's 3-0 win at Minnesota.

Phoenix is 5-2-2-2 all time at Nashville. The teams skated to a 3-3 tie here on December 22 when Nashville's Scott Walker recorded a hat trick.

Walker also had a goal and two assists in Nashville's 3-1 win at Phoenix in the first game at Glendale Arena on December 27.