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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 will continue a three-game trip tonight with a game against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena. The puck drops at 6 p.m. (Arizona time).

Phoenix (14-9-3) will enter the game less than 24 hours after beating the Chicago Blackhawks, 4-3 in a shootout, at the United Center on Monday night.

Thirteen different Coyotes tallied a point when Phoenix beat the Predators, 5-2, in Nashville's home opener on Oct. 13. The Preds evened the season series with a 3-0 victory at Jobing.com Arena on Nov. 3.

With a game at red-hot Detroit looming on Thursday, the Coyotes will rest starting goalie Mike Smith and turn to backup Jason LaBarbera tonight. LaBarbera already has faced Nashville twice this season and stopped 51 of 55 shots in those games (one win and one loss).

Defenseman Keith Yandle, who scored a goal and made a key save in Monday night's victory, will play in his 200th consecutive game tonight.

Winger Ray Whitney will take the ice needing just one more assist to reach 600 for his NHL career.

Center Cal O'Reilly is back in Nashville for the first time since the Predators traded him to the Coyotes on Oct. 28. O'Reilly played 85 games for Nashville over four seasons after being picked by the Predators in the fifth round of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. O'Reilly has been a healthy scratch for the Coyotes the past five games.

The Predators (12-10-4) will enter the game having won just two of their past seven contests. Nashville last played on Saturday and lost, 3-2, to the Buffalo Sabres on home ice. 

Photo by Getty Images.
In their 12 victories this season, the Predators have received game-winning goals from 11 different players. Only left wing Nick Spaling has notched multiple game-winning goals.

Center Craig Smith is having an outstanding rookie season for the Predators, and leads the club with 21 points in 26 games. He ranks second behind Edmonton's Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in scoring among NHL rookies.

Pekka Rinne likely will be in goal for Nashville. For his career, Rinne is 7-4-1 with a 1.82 goals-against average and a .937 save percentage against the Coyotes.

The Predators will play minus forward Jordin Tootoo, who was suspended on Tuesday for two games for charging Buffalo goaltender Ryan Miller during Saturday's game.


Who's Hot
 
Vrbata
Coyotes right wing Radim Vrbata notched a regulation goal and a shootout goal in the team's 4-3 win at Chicago on Monday.
Legwand
Predators center David Legwand has notched a goal and an assist in each of his last two games, and ranks second on the team with 19 points.
Did You Know?
 
  • The Coyotes are 3-1-1 over their past five games at Bridgestone Arena.

  • The Coyotes are tied with the Boston Bruins for the best record in the NHL when leading after two periods (13-0-0).

  • Tonight's game will be broadcast on Fox Sports Arizona and on XTRA Sports 910 (AM). A link to the radio broadcast will be provided at phoenixcoyotes.com at 6 p.m. For in-game updates via Twitter, follow @coyotesgameday.

2011-2012 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Mar 12 '12 NSH 5 at PHX 4 - SO A. Kostitsyn
Dec 06 '11 PHX 3 at NSH 2 K. Yandle
Nov 03 '11 NSH 3 at PHX 0 J. Blum
Oct 13 '11 PHX 5 at NSH 2 L. Korpikoski
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
R. Vrbata27131124+12823
R. Whitney27101424+11820
K. Yandle2741418+31602
S. Doan2771017-51031
M. Hanzal2531114+91801
D. Langkow194812-1801
L. Korpikoski275611+2801
B. Gordon273811+9601
M. Boedker275510-2601
O. Ekman-Larsson27549-1811
D. Schlemko26189+7400
R. Torres27448+32000
T. Pyatt27448+1600
D. Morris27055-72000
R. Klesla25055+71300
A. Aucoin27134+62010
P. O'Sullivan17213-2000
K. Chipchura15033-21700
C. O'Reilly14022-5400
P. Bissonnette9101-11101
P. Nokelainen5011-1000
A. Miele5000-2400
K. Turris4000+0200
C. Summers2000+1000
M. Rozsival1000+0000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
M. Smith2213-6-3497092.26.931
J. LaBarbera62-3-0151662.66.910
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
C. Smith2781422+02040
D. Legwand2371219+1621
S. Weber2761319+142040
R. Suter2751318+112231
C. Wilson2761016-11331
M. Erat195914+21001
P. Hornqvist267512-11811
M. Fisher195712-1611
S. Kostitsyn213811-11600
J. Tootoo26369-14510
M. Halischuk27538+12301
N. Spaling22358-2602
J. Blum27235-11401
J. Hillen25235-11200
K. Klein25134-14401
N. Bergfors11112-2201
B. Geoffrion19022+01300
F. Bouillon15022-8600
J. Smithson27101-62200
B. McGrattan17011-33400
R. Josi6011-1200
C. O'Reilly5011-2200
T. Laakso9000-1800
K. Wilson3000+0000
M. Ekholm2000-1000
C. Mueller2000-2000
Z. Stortini1000+0700
R. Thang1000+0000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
P. Rinne2410-9-4587342.60.921
A. Lindback62-2-0121242.52.903
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