|9||PHOENIX||+125||Ov 5,+115||+105||Ov 5,+125|
|10||NASHVILLE||-145||Un 5,-135||-125||Un 5,-145|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||2-3-0||-0.7||2-3||-0.7||3-1||2.6||32.0||3.0||32.2|
|Last 5 Games||4-1-0||+3.3||4-1||+3.3||1-3||2.0||28.6||1.8||29.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||13||35||5||13||15||2||1||409||8.6%||52||10||19.2%||57|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||5||13||2||5||4||2||1||160||8.1%||22||4||18.2%||19|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||10||2||3||3||2||1||143||7.0%||18||2||11.1%||14|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||35||10||14||9||2||2||363||9.6%||51||8||15.7%||56|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||15||4||4||6||1||2||161||9.3%||21||4||19.0%||24|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||9||4||5||0||0||0||148||6.1%||20||2||10.0%||13|
|BRENT JOHNSON (All Games)||2||2||42||40||95.2%||1||1-1||-0.3||1-1-0||0||0-2|
|CHAD JOHNSON (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|CHAD JOHNSON (Road Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JASON LABARBERA (All Games)||4||2||98||89||90.8%||0||0-2||-2||0-2-0||-2||2-0|
|JASON LABARBERA (Road Games)||1||1||34||30||88.2%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|JASON LABARBERA (Last 4 Games)||4||2||98||89||90.8%||0||0-2||-2||0-2-0||-2||2-0|
|MIKE SMITH (All Games)||9||9||222||200||90.1%||1||5-4||+1.1||5-4-0||+1||5-3|
|MIKE SMITH (Road Games)||4||4||126||117||92.9%||0||2-2||+0.3||2-2-0||0||2-1|
|MIKE SMITH (Last 4 Games)||4||4||120||111||92.5%||0||3-1||+2.3||3-1-0||+2||1-2|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||2-3-0||-1.7||2-3||-1.7||1-4||1.8||22.8||2.0||30.2|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+1.7||3-2||+1.7||1-4||2.2||20.2||1.2||29.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||13||25||12||5||5||3||2||278||9.0%||41||6||14.6%||39|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||5||9||5||3||0||1||0||114||7.9%||13||4||30.8%||18|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||11||5||4||1||1||0||101||10.9%||14||2||14.3%||21|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||26||7||8||7||4||3||367||7.1%||50||8||16.0%||40|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||10||3||3||2||2||2||151||6.6%||15||2||13.3%||14|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||6||0||4||1||1||0||148||4.1%||20||2||10.0%||10|
|CHRIS MASON (All Games)||2||2||62||59||95.2%||0||1-1||+0.4||1-1-0||0||0-2|
|CHRIS MASON (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|CHRIS MASON (Last 4 Games)||2||2||62||59||95.2%||0||1-1||+0.4||1-1-0||0||0-2|
|PEKKA RINNE (All Games)||11||11||305||285||93.4%||4||5-6||-0.4||5-6-0||0||2-9|
|PEKKA RINNE (Home Games)||5||5||151||143||94.7%||2||2-3||-1.7||2-3-0||-2||1-4|
|PEKKA RINNE (Last 4 Games)||4||4||116||112||96.6%||2||3-1||+2.7||3-1-0||+3||1-3|
|Average power rating of opponents played: PHOENIX 3.17, NASHVILLE 3.24|
|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|
|1/28/2013||NASHVILLE||4-0||W||0, +100||W||5.5 un||U|
|1/30/2013||EDMONTON||1-2||L||0, -130||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/1/2013||at DALLAS||3-4||L||0, -105||L||5 ov||O|
|2/2/2013||DALLAS||2-0||W||0, -155||W||5 ov||U|
|2/4/2013||MINNESOTA||2-1||W||0, -140||W||5 ov||U|
|2/7/2013||CHICAGO||2-6||L||0, -110||L||5.5 un||O|
|2/9/2013||at SAN JOSE||1-0||W||0, +140||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/11/2013||at COLORADO||3-2||W||0, -115||W||5 ov||P|
|2/14/2013||at NASHVILLE|| |
|2/23/2013||at EDMONTON|| |
|2/24/2013||at CALGARY|| |
|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||0-4||L||0, -120||L||5.5 un||U|
|1/31/2013||at LOS ANGELES||2-1||W||0, +135||W||5 un||U|
|2/2/2013||at SAN JOSE||2-1||W||0, +160||W||5 ov||U|
|2/5/2013||at ST LOUIS||6-1||W||0, +170||W||5 un||O|
|2/7/2013||LOS ANGELES||3-0||W||0, -105||W||5 un||U|
|2/9/2013||at MINNESOTA||1-2||L||0, +115||L||5 un||U|
|2/10/2013||CHICAGO||0-3||L||0, +110||L||5 ov||U|
|2/12/2013||SAN JOSE||1-0||W||0, -115||W||5 un||U|
|2/18/2013||at COLORADO|| |
|2/23/2013||at DETROIT|| |
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.
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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (PHOENIX-NASHVILLE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Coyotes-Predators Preview* ===========================
Phoenix (6-5-2) at Nashville (6-3-4), 8:00 p.m. EDT
The Nashville Predators finally ended the worst stretch of offensive futility in club history, but now they'll likely have to face the goaltender that helped knock them out of the playoffs last year.
The Predators should get their first look at Mike Smith since the postseason when they host the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday night.
Nashville (6-3-4) endured a goal drought of 176 minutes, 18 seconds before Colin Wilson scored in overtime for a 1-0 victory over San Jose on Tuesday. Wilson's team-high fourth goal was the Predators' first since Paul Gaustad scored in the first period of a 2-1 overtime loss at Minnesota on Saturday.
"I mean obviously we want to score but we're just preaching put the puck on the net," defenseman Ryan Ellis said. "I think we've been outshot a lot in the early stretch here."
Smith posted a 1.73 goals-against average to help Phoenix (6-5-2) eliminate Nashville in five games in the Western Conference semifinals last year. He missed the Coyotes' 4-0 home victory over the Predators on Jan. 28 with a lower-body injury, with fill-in Chad Johnson making 21 saves in his Phoenix debut for his first career shutout.
Smith is healthy now and has recorded a 2.06 GAA while starting the Coyotes' last six games, with victories in the first two of this three-game trip. He made a season-high 41 saves in a 3-2 overtime victory over Colorado on Monday.
"Smitty was unbelievable," captain Shane Doan said. "We all thank Smitty because he was so good tonight."
Doan's second goal came in OT on a three-point night for him after he went seven games without a point. He credited the back-to-back victories to a meeting the Coyotes had with coach Dave Tippett after a 6-2 home defeat to Chicago last Thursday.
"There was a lot to identify so we were able to see, and see all the things that went wrong," Doan said. "And I mean you can start with every guy on the team, particularly some of the leaders and guys like myself, there's a lot of areas to improve and Tipp's been on us and we're not there yet."
Doan's pointless streak began in the first meeting with Nashville. The four goals allowed by Pekka Rinne in that contest are a season high.
Rinne has gone 5-1-0 with a 0.97 GAA since that defeat. He had 25 saves Tuesday for his second shutout in three starts, helping Nashville kill off six penalties - including a 5-on-3 in the second period.
"The penalty kill gave us momentum," coach Barry Trotz said. "They got determined. They sacrificed themselves. They got angry at themselves, and they fixed it. That's the best thing any coach can have when they fix it in their own room."
The Predators are struggling to score without Patric Hornqvist, out with a knee injury. Defenseman Shea Weber was fourth on the team with 49 points a season ago, but he has one this season.
Weber's season output is lower than what Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle produced in last month's meeting. Yandle had a power-play goal and two assists.
|Last Updated: 12/22/2014 4:38:35 PM EST|