|55||NASHVILLE||-110||Ov 5.5,+100||-110||Ov 5.5,+100|
|56||PHOENIX||-110||Un 5.5,-120||-110||Un 5.5,-120|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||1-2-0||-0.8||1-2||-0.8||0-3||1.7||20.0||2.3||25.3|
|Last 5 Games||1-4-0||-3.6||1-4||-3.6||1-4||2.0||23.6||2.8||28.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||5||10||6||1||3||0||0||118||8.5%||17||4||23.5%||15|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||3||5||2||0||3||0||0||60||8.3%||10||1||10.0%||5|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||10||6||1||3||0||0||118||8.5%||17||4||23.5%||15|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||14||5||3||3||3||3||143||9.8%||15||3||20.0%||20|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||7||2||2||2||1||1||76||9.2%||11||1||9.1%||10|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||14||5||3||3||3||3||143||9.8%||15||3||20.0%||20|
|CHRIS MASON (All Games)||1||1||30||29||96.7%||0||1-0||+1.4||1-0-0||+1||0-1|
|CHRIS MASON (Road Games)||1||1||30||29||96.7%||0||1-0||+1.4||1-0-0||+1||0-1|
|CHRIS MASON (Last 4 Games)||1||1||30||29||96.7%||0||1-0||+1.4||1-0-0||+1||0-1|
|PEKKA RINNE (All Games)||4||4||113||103||91.2%||1||0-4||-4.9||0-4-0||-5||1-3|
|PEKKA RINNE (Road Games)||2||2||46||41||89.1%||1||0-2||-2.2||0-2-0||-2||0-2|
|PEKKA RINNE (Last 4 Games)||4||4||113||103||91.2%||1||0-4||-4.9||0-4-0||-5||1-3|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||1-2-0||-1.1||1-2||-1.1||3-0||3.7||34.7||3.7||29.3|
|Last 5 Games||1-4-0||-3.2||1-4||-3.2||5-0||3.4||35.8||4.0||29.8|
|Team Stats (All Games)||5||17||1||7||9||0||0||179||9.5%||25||6||24.0%||29|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||3||11||1||4||6||0||0||104||10.6%||14||2||14.3%||19|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||17||1||7||9||0||0||179||9.5%||25||6||24.0%||29|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||20||3||8||9||0||1||149||13.4%||23||5||21.7%||35|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||11||1||7||3||0||0||88||12.5%||12||1||8.3%||18|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||20||3||8||9||0||1||149||13.4%||23||5||21.7%||35|
|CHAD JOHNSON (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|CHAD JOHNSON (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JASON LABARBERA (All Games)||3||2||87||78||89.7%||0||0-2||-2||0-2-0||-2||2-0|
|JASON LABARBERA (Home Games)||2||1||53||48||90.6%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|JASON LABARBERA (Last 4 Games)||3||2||87||78||89.7%||0||0-2||-2||0-2-0||-2||2-0|
|MIKE SMITH (All Games)||3||3||61||51||83.6%||0||1-2||-1.2||1-2-0||-1||3-0|
|MIKE SMITH (Home Games)||2||2||35||29||82.9%||0||1-1||-0.1||1-1-0||0||2-0|
|MIKE SMITH (Last 4 Games)||3||3||61||51||83.6%||0||1-2||-1.2||1-2-0||-1||3-0|
|Average power rating of opponents played: NASHVILLE 3.17, PHOENIX 3.59|
|1/19/2013||COLUMBUS||2-3||L||0, -170||L||5.5 un||U|
|1/21/2013||ST LOUIS||3-4||L||0, +105||L||5 ov||O|
|1/22/2013||at MINNESOTA||3-1||W||0, +135||W||5 ov||U|
|1/24/2013||at ST LOUIS||0-3||L||0, +155||L||5 ov||U|
|1/26/2013||at ANAHEIM||2-3||L||0, -120||L||5.5 un||U|
|1/28/2013||at PHOENIX|| |
|1/31/2013||at LOS ANGELES|| |
|2/2/2013||at SAN JOSE|| |
|2/5/2013||at ST LOUIS|| |
|2/7/2013||LOS ANGELES|| |
|1/19/2013||at DALLAS||3-4||L||0, -105||L||5 ov||O|
|1/20/2013||CHICAGO||4-6||L||0, -110||L||5.5 un||O|
|1/23/2013||COLUMBUS||5-1||W||0, -165||W||5.5 un||O|
|1/24/2013||at SAN JOSE||3-5||L||0, +170||L||5.5 un||O|
|1/26/2013||LOS ANGELES||2-4||L||0, +115||L||5 ov||O|
|2/1/2013||at DALLAS|| |
LAST SEASON: 48-26-8, 104 points. Lost to Phoenix 4-1 in Western semifinals.
COACH: Barry Trotz, 14th season, all with Predators, 503-424-60.
ADDED: D Scott Hannan, G Chris Mason. Re-signed forwards Mike Fisher, Sergei Kostitsyn, Colin Wilson and Paul Gaustad to multi-year deals along with D Hal Gill and Kevin Klein.
LOST: D Ryan Suter, F Jordin Tootoo, D Francis Bouillon, F Alex Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn.
PLAYER TO WATCH: D Roman Josi. The Predators will start pairing the 22-year-old defenseman with captain Shea Weber trying to replace Suter, who averaged a team-high 26 minutes and 30 seconds of ice time per game last season. Josi averaged 18:23 with the Predators going 34-15-3 with him in the lineup last season and 14-11-5 without him.
OUTLOOK: With Weber and goalie Pekka Rinne now signed through the next six years, the Predators believe that core and youth has them primed to build on consecutive trips to the Western Conference semifinals and get them to the Stanley Cup.
LAST SEASON: 42-27-13, 97 points. Lost to Los Angeles Kings 4-1 in Western Conference Finals.
COACH: Dave Tippett, 4th season with Coyotes, 125-78-33; 9th overall, 406-234-98 in NHL.
ADDED: LW Steve Sullivan, D Zbynek Michalek, RW David Moss.
LOST: LW Ray Whitney, LW Taylor Pyatt, D Adrian Aucoin, C Daymond Langkow, D Michal Rozsival.
PLAYER TO WATCH: G Mike Smith. The shaggy-haired goalie known as Smitty proved to be a more-than-capable No. 1 goalie in his first full season on the job, winning 28 games with eight shutouts and a 2.21 goals-against average. With the confidence of last season's deep playoff run, he could be a Vezina Trophy candidate.
OUTLOOK: The Coyotes should be brimming with confidence after winning their first division title and reaching the conference finals for the first time in 33 years as an NHL franchise. With the core of last year's roster back, they should be position to get the lockout-shortened season off to a good start and be able to sustain it toward another possible deep run in the playoffs.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (NASHVILLE-PHOENIX) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Predators-Coyotes Preview* ===========================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
Nashville (1-1-3) at Phoenix (1-4-0), 9:00 p.m. EDT
The Phoenix Coyotes' stunning success last season included their first appearance in the Western Conference finals, and that came at the expense of the Nashville Predators.
Neither team has played at that level since returning from the lockout, and now the Predators are without Patric Hornqvist.
In their first meeting since facing off in the playoffs, the Coyotes and Predators are both looking for just their second win in six games this season Monday night.
Phoenix (1-4-0) won a division title for the first time in franchise history last season, ousting Chicago and then Nashville before falling to eventual Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles in the conference finals.
The Coyotes eliminated the Predators in five games, winning three times at home.
A rematch in this year's postseason seems unlikely at the moment. Phoenix allowed at least four goals for the fourth time in five games Saturday, losing 4-2 to the visiting Kings.
The Predators (1-1-3) are doing a little better, although they lost their third shootout Saturday in a 3-2 defeat at Anaheim. They also may have suffered a major blow when Hornqvist exited in the third period with a lower-body injury.
Hornqvist, tied for the team lead with four points after pacing the Predators with 27 goals last season, is out indefinitely.
"He's one of those great guys that brings a lot of energy, and he's about as hard as they come," coach Barry Trotz said. "It's a little frustrating because we haven't won a shootout, but we're getting points in every game, and you have to collect points, especially on the road."
Nashville hasn't had a problem doing that at Phoenix during the regular season with three straight victories, most recently a 5-4 shootout win March 12. But they came up empty in Arizona in the playoffs, with Pekka Rinne yielding 11 goals in the three losses.
Rinne, 0-1-3 with a 2.36 goals-against average this season, could get another chance at his first win Monday after making 20 saves and giving up the lone shootout goal against the Ducks.
Although he skated Sunday, counterpart Mike Smith seems like he may miss a third straight game with a lower-body injury he suffered early in Wednesday's 5-1 win over Columbus. He was one of Phoenix's stars in the playoffs, posting a 1.73 GAA and a shutout in the series with Nashville.
Phoenix has lost both games without Smith, as Jason LaBarbera has given up eight goals on 65 shots. The backup has won three of his last four meetings with the Predators behind a 1.76 GAA.
The Coyotes have allowed 20 goals through five games after yielding 2.37 per contest last season.
"When there is a mistake you've got to clean up for each other," coach Dave Tippett said. "Right now, there's not much cleaning up going on."
Shane Doan, who scored his second goal of the season Saturday, will try to build on his recent success against the Predators. Including the playoffs, he has 15 points in his past 17 meetings with Nashville, getting nine in as many games at home.
Steve Sullivan leads the Coyotes with four goals, and he's facing the Predators for just the second time since spending five-plus seasons with them. He had an assist for Pittsburgh in a home victory March 22.
|Last Updated: 12/19/2014 3:16:33 AM EST|