Coyotes Start Five Game Roadtrip Against Nashville

The Coyotes start a big five game roadtrip later tonight against the Nashville Predators. With the Coyotes currently leading the Pacific and having won 6 in row, they'll be tested against the West's fourth place team. Especially after losing defenseman Ed Jovanovski for at least a few weeks after he fractured and orbital bone. In his place the Coyotes have called up Nolan Yonkman just in case Adrian Aucoin can't go after he sat out on Thursday with a lower body injury. To make room the Coyotes sent center Kyle Turris down to San Antonio temporarily though he's expected to rejoin the team soon.

The Predators are on their own little streak having gotten points in each of their last four games with a 3-0-1 record. On Thursday they took down the league leading Canucks 3-1 in Nashville. The Canucks didn't play their strongest game, but Nashville capitalized on their chances. Mike Fisher scored his first goal for the Preds since his trade from Ottawa. The Preds have been streaky as of late though as they've gone 4-4-2 over their last ten despite the 4 game point streak. 

The Bullets

 

  • Ilya Bryzgalov is 6-0-0 over the last 6 with a 1.48 GAA
  • The Predators have won 2 of the 3 meetings between the teams this year. 
  • The Predators have outscored the Coyotes 9-4 in the first 2 periods of those 3 games. 
  • Shane Doan scored his first goal in quite some time against the Thrashers. One can only hope it's the start of a nice streak for the Captain. 

 

Starting Goaltenders


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Ilya Bryzgalov 47 2776 25 14 119 2.57 1446 1327 .918 5


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Pekka Rinne 41 2403 21 14 83 2.07 1202 1119 .931 4

Key Players


Keith Yandle

#3 / Defenseman / Phoenix Coyotes

6-1

195

Sep 09, 1986


Notched 3 more points in the Coyotes win over the Trashers and the Norris talk is heating up for real. 


Shane O`Brien

#55 / Defenseman / Nashville Predators

6-3

230

Aug 09, 1983


He likes to score for the Coyotes even when he's on the other team.

Injuries


Phoenix Coyotes Injuries

Questionable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Taylor Pyatt back 02/19/2011
Adrian Aucoin other-excused 02/19/2011

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Ed Jovanovski head 02/18/2011


Nashville Predators Injuries

Probable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Mike Fisher other-excused 02/19/2011
Steve Sullivan face 02/19/2011

Questionable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Anders Lindback other-excused 02/19/2011

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Cal O`Reilly fibula 01/03/2011
Matthew Lombardi concussion 10/14/2010
Francis Bouillon other-excused 01/17/2011
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