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Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:49 AM
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Phoenix Coyotes vs. Nashville Predators

The Skinny
 

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).

Ilya Bryzgalov, 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.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Click here to listen to Tippett answer questions after Monday's practice.
Who's Hot
 
Korpikoski
Coyotes forward Lauri Korpikoski notched a goal and an assist vs. Anaheim on Saturday to boost his point total to 12 in 22 games. He had 11 points in 71 games last season.
Smithson
Predators center Jerred Smithson has won 48 of 71 faceoffs over the last five games and ranks eighth in the NHL at 58.1 percent for the season.
Did You Know?
 
  • Coyotes forward Lauri Korpikoski leads the NHL in shooting percentage at 25 percent - six goals on 24 shots.

  • Coyotes goalie Ilya Bryzgalov has posted a 5-0-2 record on the road this season.
  • This game can be heard on XTRA Sports 910 (AM). A link to the radio broadcast will be provided at phoenixcoyotes.com at 6 p.m.
Podcasts
 
Korpikoski

"I think it's going to be a tight game until the end so it's (doing) the little things that's going to make the difference."

• Lauri Korpikoski

• Dave Tippett

Injuries
 
  David Legwand
  Matthew Lombardi
  None reported
2010-2011 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Feb 19 '11PHX 3 at NSH 2L. Korpikoski
Jan 18 '11NSH 5 at PHX 2J. Dumont
Nov 30 '10PHX 0 at NSH 3S. Weber
Nov 03 '10NSH 3 at PHX 4E. Jovanovski
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
R. Whitney2131316+3610
R. Vrbata236915+5620
L. Stempniak237613+4420
W. Wolski214913-3200
L. Korpikoski236612+5201
E. Belanger234812-3411
K. Yandle234812-53220
S. Upshall23639-11601
M. Hanzal17639+41823
E. Jovanovski20369+31411
A. Aucoin21099+31800
S. Doan13167-52510
K. Turris16426-3200
T. Pyatt23336+31001
D. Morris20235-41510
V. Fiddler23314+01901
D. Schlemko16044+01400
O. Ekman-Larsson15044+21200
S. Lepisto15213+1900
A. Ebbett6101+1201
P. Prucha11011+0400
N. Yonkman6011+4200
P. Bissonnette10000+11500
G. Stafford2000+0000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
I. Bryzgalov2110-4-5566612.75.915
J. LaBarbera41-3-0101043.45.904
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
C. O'Reilly235914+1011
S. Sullivan236713+31831
P. Hornqvist235712-31021
M. Goc175510+4001
S. Weber23369-72221
J. Tootoo22369+33900
C. Franson23448+41010
J. Dumont23358+51200
C. Wilson23358+2001
D. Legwand17268-3800
F. Bouillon22178-11800
J. Ward23257-41611
M. Erat16246+01210
K. Klein22156+11300
R. Suter12066+31000
J. Smithson23224-4600
S. O'Brien23213-62000
S. Kostitsyn19213-7600
N. Spaling16011-5600
A. Sulzer12000-3400
W. Belak4000-1000
M. Lombardi2000-1000
T. Laakso1000+0000
L. Klasen1000-1000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
P. Rinne187-7-4404962.35.919
A. Lindback83-1-1182062.78.913
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