Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series tied 2-2

Game 1: Thursday, October 13th
Game 2: Thursday, November 3rd
Game 3: Tuesday, December 6th
Game 4: Monday, March 12th

Coyotes 3

(15-9-3, 33 pts)

Predators 2

(12-11-4, 28 pts)

8:00 PM ET, December 6, 2011

Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee

1 2 3 T
ARI 1 0 23
NSH 1 0 12

K. Yandle (Coyotes - D): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

R. Whitney (Coyotes - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

S. Weber (Predators - D): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Coyotes-Predators Preview


The Phoenix Coyotes are getting a second chance to build on a victory over one of the top teams in the Western Conference.

A visit to the struggling Nashville Predators could help them do that.

The Coyotes look to maintain some momentum on this road-heavy stretch Tuesday night when they face the struggling Predators.

Phoenix (14-9-3) is trying to turn Monday's 4-3 shootout win at Central Division-leading Chicago into the start of a streak, but the team failed to capitalize on a similar situation last week. The Coyotes followed last Tuesday's 4-1 road win over the Blackhawks by dropping back-to-back contests.

"Any way you look at it, to come in here twice in a week and get four points, we'll take it," coach Dave Tippett said.

The Coyotes, 8-4-1 as the visitor, began a stretch Monday of 20 games that includes 14 on the road. They travel to Detroit after facing the Predators.

One of their away victories this season came at Nashville (12-10-4) on Oct. 13, when they beat the Predators 5-2 after scoring the first four goals. However, Phoenix fell 3-0 to Nashville at home Nov. 3.

Phoenix is 3-1-1 in its last five games at Bridgestone Arena, and has a chance Tuesday to match its longest winning streak there -- a three-game run from 2002.

Radim Vrbata has just one goal and one assist in his last 13 games against the Predators, including no points in both meetings this season.

The right wing, who scored in regulation and the shootout Monday, leads the Coyotes with 13 goals and is tied with Ray Whitney with a team-high 23 points. He's netted nine goals while adding three assists on the road this season, scoring five times in the past five games.

Whitney has three goals and three assists in the last five contests overall. The left wing had a goal at Nashville in October, ending an 11-game drought there.

The Predators are in the midst of their second three-game home slide this season. They haven't lost four straight there since an 0-1-3 stretch Oct. 16-28, 2010.

They're also mired in a 2-5-1 overall funk after falling 3-2 at home to Buffalo on Saturday, and coach Barry Trotz wasn't happy with the latest effort.

"There are not too many things I can say about our game other than the mistakes," Trotz said. "I thought we probably made six mistakes and three of them ended up in our net."

Continued production from the power play could help Nashville end this rough stretch. The unit has converted 9 of 31 opportunities (29.0 percent) over the last eight games, matching its goal production from 64 chances in the first 18 contests.

David Legwand has three of his four points over the last two games on the man advantage. The veteran center is second on the team with seven goals and 19 points, and he's trying to build on his first goal at home after finding the net against the Sabres.

He has three assists versus Phoenix this season.

Craig Smith ranks second among rookies with 21 points, and leads the Predators with eight goals after netting one on the power play Saturday. The center had an assist against the Coyotes last month.