By Dave Vest
The Coyotes, who have won four consecutive road games, will begin a quick two-game trip with a game against the Nashville Predators tonight at the Bridgestone Arena. The puck drops at 6 p.m. (Arizona time).
, who gave up a season-high six goals on Saturday in a 6-4 loss to Anaheim, will be back in net for Phoenix (11-6-5), which will try to earn its 20th point in the month of November.
|The Coyotes beat Nashville 4-3 on Nov. 3 in Glendale. Photo by Getty Images.
Center Kyle Turris
likely will be back in the lineup after missing the past three games because of an upper-body injury.
"It’s been very frustrating, but I’m just looking forward now and looking to start off where I left off before I got injured,” Turris said on Monday. “I’m excited to get back.”
The Coyotes have been scoring more goals lately (18 in the past five games) and have climbed to 10th in the league at 2.96 goals per game.
"We're on the same page, we're working hard and we're getting opportunities and that's important," forward Wojtek Wolski
said. "... It's coming together. Hopefully, it continues."
After tonight's game, the Coyotes will fly to Minnesota for a game against the Wild on Wednesday night.
Head Coach Dave Tippett said he doesn't mind the quick turnaround.
"I like that," Tippett said. "...It's always a challenge to play back-to-back but if you can get road games out of the way without (spending) a lot of nights on the road it's better."
The Predators (9-8-5) have been struggling to score goals this season and will enter the game ranked 27th in the NHL at 2.18 goals per game. Nashville has scored just four goals in the past four games - all losses; two in regulation and two in overtime.
|Predators Head Coach Barry Trotz
The Predators' power play is clicking at just an 11.1 percent success rate. Only two NHL teams are less productive on power plays.
"Things are a little hard for us right now offensively," Predators Head Coach Barry Trotz recently told reporters. "Our players are putting out a real good effort and I go to war with anyone who says we are not. We have to stay positive. We have to dissect each game. There are good things like our penalty kill, our defense and our faceoff percentage."
Former Coyotes center Matthew Lombardi is not expected to play for Nashville in tonight’s game. Lombardi has played in only two games this season after sustaining a concussion, and the likelihood of his return in the near future isn’t very promising.
to listen to Tippett answer questions after Monday's practice.