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Phoenix Coyotes vs. Nashville Predators

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By Dave Vest | Anthony Perez
The Coyotes will try to extend their winning streak to seven games tonight when they play the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena in the first game of a five-game road trip. The puck drops at 6 p.m. (Arizona time).

Phoenix (31-19-9) sits in first place in the Pacific Division standings and in third place in the Western Conference standings with 71 points. San Jose is just one point back in the division with 70 points, while the Los Angeles Kings are in last place, but just three points behind with 68.

This will be the fourth and final meeting between the Coyotes and Predators this season. Phoenix is 1-2-0 in the season series and has lost the last two games, including a 5-2 decision on Jan. 18 in Glendale.

The Coyotes will play without defenseman Ed Jovanovski, who suffered a facial injury in Thursday's game and was placed on the injured reserve list on Friday.

With Jovanovski sidelined and Adrian Aucoin nursing a lower-body injury, the Coyotes on Saturday recalled defenseman Nolan Yonkman from the American Hockey League and sent center Kyle Turris to the AHL (see DID YOU KNOW? below).

Goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov will make his 18th consecutive start for the Coyotes. Bryzgalov has stopped 160 of the 169 shots he has faced during the winning streak for a .946 save percentage.

Both the Coyotes and Predators play a defense-first style of hockey and rely on offensive help throughout their lineups. Coyotes center Vernon Fiddler said the key to beating his former team is to not abandon the defensive style of play that’s helped them win six straight.

“We have similar identities,” Fiddler said. “We’re hard-working teams that try not to give a whole bunch of offense up, so it always seems to be low-scoring games. It’s not run-and-gun, but they’re always interesting games and you’re definitely into it from the drop of the puck.”

Coyotes center Martin Hanzal has scored two goals in his last two games, including the game-winning goal in Thursday’s 4-3 victory over Atlanta.

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“It’s always nice when you score, especially two goals in three nights, but we have a hard game coming up in Nashville and it’s going to be tough,” Hanzal said. “They’re one point behind us in the standings. It’s going to be a huge game for us.”

Nashville (31-19-8) will enter the game in fourth place in the Western Conference standings with 70 points. The Preds are 3-0-1 in their past four games including a 3-1 win over Vancouver on Thursday.

Defenseman Shea Weber leads Nashville with 25 assists and 36 points.

Goaltender Pekka Rinne is having an outstanding season and will enter the game ranked second in the NHL with a 2.07 goals-against average, second with a .931 save percentage and tied for eighth with four shutouts.

The Preds recently acquired center Mike Fisher in a trade with Ottawa. Fisher has notched a goal and an assist in his first three games with Nashville.
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Coyotes goalie Ilya Bryzgalov has posted a 6-0-0 record in his past six starts and a 1.48 goals-against average.
Predators captain/defenseman Shea Weber has notched 21 points (five goals and 16 assists) over his last 22 games. 
Did You Know?
  • The Coyotes will be trying to match their season-long seven-game win streak set from Nov. 10-23.

  • Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney on Saturday said center Kyle Turris and defenseman David Schlemko, who is on a conditioning assignment in the AHL, are expected to rejoin the team before it plays at Philadelphia on Tuesday.
  • This game can be heard on XTRA Sports 910 (AM). A link to the radio broadcast will be provided at at 6 p.m.

Click below to listen to members of the Coyotes talk about tonight's game.

• Lee Stempniak

• Dave Tippett

• Don Maloney

  Francois Bouillon
  Marcel Goc
  Matthew Lombardi
  Cal O'Reilly
  Ed Jovanovski
2010-2011 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Feb 19 '11 PHX 3 at NSH 2 L. Korpikoski
Jan 18 '11 NSH 5 at PHX 2 J. Dumont
Nov 30 '10 PHX 0 at NSH 3 S. Weber
Nov 03 '10 NSH 3 at PHX 4 E. Jovanovski
K. Yandle60104151+45620
R. Whitney58113445-31830
S. Doan50122739-34963
R. Vrbata57151833+01482
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E. Belanger6081826+22212
T. Pyatt55151025+102526
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M. Boedker14123+3400
A. Ebbett14112+1201
P. Bissonnette34101+45100
B. MacLean2101+0011
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C. Summers2000-3400
I. Bryzgalov4826-14-612114782.56.918
J. LaBarbera156-5-3394433.07.912
M. Climie10-0-01161.88.938
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S. Kostitsyn55161834+41042
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C. Wilson59131528+91022
M. Fisher59151227-183531
R. Suter4812526+194001
M. Goc5191524+10602
D. Legwand4191423+81801
S. Sullivan41101222+52631
C. Franson5781422+52222
J. Ward5971320-43242
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K. Klein5821012+42200
J. Smithson595510-62800
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F. Bouillon441910-32700
N. Spaling51538-91412
S. O'Brien57268-85100
A. Sulzer30134-51400
M. Halischuk11123+1200
M. Svatos8123+2200
C. Mueller15033+0200
W. Belak15000-11800
L. Klasen4000-3000
A. Thuresson3000-1200
M. Lombardi2000-1000
S. Begin2000-2400
T. Laakso1000+0000
P. Rinne4221-15-68612282.10.930
A. Lindback2110-5-2465382.58.914
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