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Phoenix Coyotes at Nashville Predators - Game #75 Preview

Well I think I'm mostly better after the letdown against Chicago. All things considered though it's not that big of a deal. A one game speed bump on the road to the playoffs. It's just all about perspective I suppose, but we need to rebound from that effectively and the team can't go getting down after riding so high on that streak. Maybe I could take a cue from that as well. Part of the danger of doing so well is that anytime you fall like we did Tuesday it hurts extra hard. No more okay guys?

Tonight we roll into Nashville to take on the Predators in a battle between two teams that, strangely enough, both look to be solidly in the playoffs. The Predators are currently holding down the 7th spot in the West and are trying to both fend off the Red Wings and stay above Calgary who's also surging. Pekka Rinne has looked great as of late and they're really playing pretty well headed into the home stretch. 

As I said about the Coyotes, the biggest thing is to just brush off the loss in Chicago, that and to play 60 minutes of hockey instead of trying to rush back in the 3rd period. It's just not going to happen all the time. Especially when you run into a goalie on a hot streak. I guess it's just time to start a new streak instead. Ilya Bryzgalov didn't practice yesterday and Sean Burke took his place, but it's likely that he was given a day off to rest but will start tonight. Vernon Fiddler could get called away at any moment as well as his wife is set to give birth sometime this weekend. Fiddler has a charter plane ready to fly him out whenever that happens. 

Starting Goalies

2009 - Ilya Bryzgalov 63 3711 39 19 141 2.28 1790 1649 .921 8

As part of yet another reason for people to think that the Coyotes can possibly be for real I've started seeing the "Won't Bryz be tired?" Comments all over. Basically the answer is not really. But just in case Tippett has been giving him some practice days off here and there to keep him rested. Two GAA isn't bad, but the offense couldn't put one in against CHI. Not Bryz's fault. 

2009 - Pekka Rinne 51 2814 28 14 122 2.60 1310 1188 .907 6

Before Tuesday's loss against Dallas Rinne had won his last 6 consecutive starts including 3 shutouts in that span. Those three came against some lower level competition in Columbus, Minnesota and Anaheim, but none the less it's impressive. Before that run though his sv% was less than impressive. While not among the terrible. It was at .900 which for an everyday started is below what you'd like to see. Maybe we can get him to revert.

Lee "Desert Ninja" Stempniak

#22 / Right Wing / Phoenix Coyotes



Feb 04, 1983

I took him out and we lost a game. Coincidence? Probably. I'm not taking any chances though. How about Lee gets a new streak going too? Sounds good.

Patric Hornqvist

#27 / Right Wing / Nashville Predators



Jan 01, 1987

Leads the Preds with 28 goals and is tied for the team lead in +/- at a +14. Certainly someone to watch. 

The Infirmary

Phoenix Coyotes Injuries

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Kurt Sauer head 10/07/2009
Scottie Upshall knee 01/29/2010

Nashville Predators Injuries


Player Injury Type Injury Date
Jason Arnott head 03/24/2010

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Joel Ward other-excused 03/22/2010
Denis Grebeshkov other-excused 03/08/2010