|11||PHOENIX||+145||Ov 5,-120||+135||Ov 5,-120|
|12||NASHVILLE||-165||Un 5,+100||-155||Un 5,+100|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||3-12-0||-8.6||3-12||-8.6||6-6||1.9||29.7||3.0||31.1|
|Last 5 Games||0-5-0||-5.6||0-5||-5.6||1-2||1.6||32.2||3.2||32.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||33||85||18||27||36||4||5||1012||8.4%||118||18||15.3%||142|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||15||28||4||11||11||2||2||445||6.3%||56||6||10.7%||45|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||8||2||2||4||0||0||161||5.0%||16||2||12.5%||16|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||94||24||34||31||5||5||959||9.8%||121||21||17.4%||159|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||45||9||12||20||4||5||467||9.6%||55||9||16.4%||75|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||16||5||4||6||1||0||162||9.9%||24||5||20.8%||29|
|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)||10||5||219||201||91.8%||1||0-5||-5.5||0-5-0||-5||3-1|
|JASON LABARBERA (Road Games)||4||3||101||92||91.1%||1||0-3||-3||0-3-0||-3||2-1|
|JASON LABARBERA (Last 4 Games)||4||2||94||86||91.5%||0||0-2||-2.5||0-2-0||-3||1-0|
|MIKE SMITH (All Games)||26||26||696||627||90.1%||5||12-14||-2.3||12-14-0||-1||13-10|
|MIKE SMITH (Road Games)||12||12||364||333||91.5%||3||3-9||-5.6||3-9-0||-5||4-5|
|MIKE SMITH (Last 4 Games)||4||4||91||83||91.2%||1||0-4||-4.2||0-4-0||-4||0-3|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||9-6-0||+1.6||9-6||+1.6||6-7||2.9||25.9||2.0||26.2|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+1||3-2||+1||3-0||3.6||27.8||2.8||24.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||33||83||28||24||26||5||3||822||10.1%||102||20||19.6%||139|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||15||43||18||12||10||3||1||388||11.1%||46||13||28.3%||82|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||18||7||6||5||0||1||139||12.9%||13||4||30.8%||35|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||88||25||31||26||6||7||875||10.1%||108||25||23.1%||146|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||30||9||10||7||4||4||393||7.6%||44||8||18.2%||47|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||14||4||4||6||0||0||123||11.4%||15||5||33.3%||25|
|CHRIS MASON (All Games)||7||3||118||104||88.1%||0||1-2||-0.9||1-2-0||-1||1-2|
|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)||4||0||38||33||86.8%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|PEKKA RINNE (All Games)||31||30||755||688||91.1%||7||13-17||-4.1||13-17-0||-3||12-15|
|PEKKA RINNE (Home Games)||15||15||393||367||93.4%||4||9-6||+1.6||9-6-0||+2||6-7|
|PEKKA RINNE (Last 4 Games)||4||4||102||91||89.2%||0||3-1||+2||3-1-0||+2||3-0|
|Average power rating of opponents played: PHOENIX 3.28, NASHVILLE 3.23|
|3/2/2013||ANAHEIM||5-4||W||0, -120||W||5 ov||O|
|3/4/2013||ANAHEIM||5-4||W||0, -120||W||5 ov||O|
|3/6/2013||at ANAHEIM||0-2||L||0, +135||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/7/2013||ST LOUIS||3-6||L||0, +100||L||5 ov||O|
|3/9/2013||DALLAS||2-1||W||0, -140||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/12/2013||LOS ANGELES||5-2||W||0, -120||W||5 ov||O|
|3/14/2013||at ST LOUIS||0-3||L||0, +115||L||5 ov||U|
|3/16/2013||at COLUMBUS||0-1||L||0, -110||L||5 ov||U|
|3/18/2013||at LOS ANGELES||0-4||L||0, +160||L||5 ov||U|
|3/19/2013||at LOS ANGELES||2-3||L||0, +160||L||5 ov||P|
|3/21/2013||VANCOUVER||1-2||L||0, -105||L||5 ov||U|
|3/25/2013||DETROIT||2-3||L||0, -150||L||5 ov||P|
|3/27/2013||at MINNESOTA||3-4||L||0, +140||L||5 ov||O|
|3/28/2013||at NASHVILLE|| |
|3/30/2013||at SAN JOSE|| |
|4/2/2013||LOS ANGELES|| |
|4/8/2013||at VANCOUVER|| |
|3/2/2013||at SAN JOSE||1-2||L||0, +125||L||5 un||U|
|3/4/2013||at LOS ANGELES||1-5||L||0, +115||L||5 un||O|
|3/8/2013||EDMONTON||6-0||W||0, -185||W||5 un||O|
|3/9/2013||MINNESOTA||1-2||L||0, -120||L||5 un||U|
|3/12/2013||at DALLAS||4-0||W||0, +105||W||5 un||U|
|3/14/2013||at VANCOUVER||4-7||L||0, +150||L||5 un||O|
|3/15/2013||at CALGARY||3-6||L||0, +125||L||5 ev||O|
|3/17/2013||at EDMONTON||2-3||L||0, +100||L||5 ov||P|
|3/19/2013||at COLUMBUS||3-4||L||0, -105||L||5 un||O|
|3/21/2013||CALGARY||5-3||W||0, -145||W||5 ov||O|
|3/23/2013||COLUMBUS||5-2||W||0, -165||W||5 ov||O|
|3/25/2013||EDMONTON||3-2||W||0, -155||W||5 ov||P|
|3/30/2013||at COLORADO|| |
|4/1/2013||at CHICAGO|| |
|4/7/2013||at CHICAGO|| |
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* ===========================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
Phoenix (13-15-5) at Nashville (14-13-6), 8:00 p.m. EDT
The Phoenix Coyotes eliminated the Nashville Predators on their way to the Western Conference finals last season, but it's starting to look like merely qualifying for the postseason this spring might be a stretch.
The Coyotes attempt to avoid their longest losing streak in 19 years Thursday night while the Predators look to continue damaging Phoenix's playoff chances by sweeping this four-game homestand.
The Coyotes (13-15-5) ousted the Predators (14-13-6) in five games during the second round of the playoffs last year before falling in the conference finals, but even having a chance to return to the NHL's postseason tournament is looking dicey. Phoenix is tied with Edmonton for 12th in the West, five points back of San Jose and St. Louis for the final two playoff positions.
The Coyotes' chances have been hurt by an 0-5-2 skid during which they've totaled eight goals. They haven't endured a longer slide since tying a franchise record with 10 straight losses as the Winnipeg Jets from Feb. 6-25, 1994.
The latest defeat may have been the most difficult to take. Phoenix rallied from two goals down to take a 3-2 lead Wednesday at Minnesota, but gave up the tying goal with 54.3 seconds to go in regulation before falling 4-3 in overtime.
"We battled back for a point, but the reality is in our situation we need more than one point. ... When you continue to find ways to give points away it's very frustrating," coach Dave Tippett said.
Things have been made more difficult with a head injury to goaltender Mike Smith, one of the catalysts behind last year's playoff run. He was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, retroactive to March 21, and there's no timetable for his return.
That could mean a third consecutive start for Jason LaBarbera, who is 0-4-1 with a 3.22 goals-against average in five starts this season. He had 33 saves Wednesday.
"It's about a big of a kick to the nuts as you're going to get. I felt like we were going to win that game," LaBarbera said.
The veteran backup has won his last three visits to Nashville behind a 1.67 GAA, but Chad Johnson might not be a bad option should Tippett decide to give LaBarbera a rest. He's made only two starts this season, but stopped 21 shots in a 4-0 win over the Coyotes on Jan. 28
Whichever goaltender gets the call will have to be sharp when Martin Erat and Mike Fisher are on the ice. Erat, who leads the Predators with 20 points, has a goal and six assists during Nashville's three straight home wins - including two assists in Monday's 3-2 victory over Edmonton.
It seems he may be in for another productive performance since he has five assists over the past three regular-season home meetings with Phoenix, including two in a 3-0 victory Feb. 14.
Fisher scored on one of those assists by Erat, and he has 14 points in 14 career regular-season matchups. He has five goals and three assists during a seven-game point streak.
Fisher hasn't put together a longer streak since a career-high nine-game run from Dec. 23, 2007-Jan. 12, 2008, with Ottawa.
Including the final two meetings in Nashville during the playoff series, Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne is 2-1-0 with a 0.34 GAA in his last three home starts against Phoenix.
|Last Updated: 12/18/2014 4:34:47 AM EST|