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Arizona Coyotes look to win second straight game at home against Nashville Predators

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The Coyotes are 2-1 at home. Can they make it 3-1?

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After an exciting win against the Sharks, the Arizona Coyotes are will welcome the Nashville Predators to Arizona in the hopes of building off of a big Western Conference win.

Views From Nashville

For the perspective from Nashville, check out On The Forecheck.

Nashville has been struggling early in this season. With the addition of P.K. Subban on the back-end Nashville’s already impressive defensive unit was supposed to make the team even better. Instead, the Predators are currently 3-5-1 for 7 points, just one point above the Coyotes.

The biggest struggle the have is in net, Pekka Rinne has not been good since the World Cup, allowing three or more goals four times in seven games. He is rapidly entering the twilight of his career, and he’s bringing the Predators down with it (more on this to come later).

Scoring has also been hot and cold with the club as well. Up until Tuesday night’s 5-1 victory in Colorado, Nashville had scored just four times total in its three other West Coast games.

View from Arizona

The Coyotes need to build on the momentum of the win from Tuesday night. The Predators are struggling to find their style and the Coyotes could pounce on that and create a bit of chaos.

Louis Domingue was able to stand on his head Tuesday night against the San Jose Sharks, but can he do it against a frustrated Nashville team?

It is also sounding like the injury to Michael Stone may be more serious than first considered and now Martin Hanzal is considered day to day with a lower body. Tobias Rieder also blocked a few very painful shots and didn’t play the third period.

Still, Domingue and Anthony Duclair’s strong games last night brought hope that the Coyotes might be able to string together some stronger performances on a regular basis. Tonight will be a big test.

Three Questions

1. Will The King return to form? Louis Domingue is looking more like his 2015-16 self rather than what we saw at the start of the season, which is encouraging. But one good game does not make a season, and Domingue needs to be consistently good again to give the Coyotes a chance to win.

2. Will Duclair ever score again? Tuesday night Dylan Strome was trying his hardest to get Duclair a goal, which ended in Strome almost having his first NHL goal multiple times. Shoot the puck more guys. Please.

3. Why is Ryan White? Last night about 3 minutes into the game Ryan White fought Micheal Haley and everyone was confused as to why. With this style of hockey dying out quickly, all I can ask is why.

Players To Watch

Arizona- Anthony Duclair

He’s going to have to score sometime, and with how good his game was on Tuesday, tonight could be the night. If he is still playing with Dylan Strome, we could see many from this duo.

Nashville - Filip Forsberg

Forsberg has been quiet so far this season and that doesn’t bode well. He has seven assists in seven games, and no goals. Once the dam breaks, like with Strome and Duclair. He is a dangerous player and will need to be watched closely.

Injury Report

Arizona

Mike Smith is still considered week to week, but did skate in goalie pads today. Martin Hanzal went out versus the Sharks with a lower body injury, still considered day-to-day and had more testing done yesterday. Tobias Rieder blocked a puck with his knee and is considered day-to-day. Michael Stone is still having tests done and is considered day-to-day.

Nashville

New Captain Mike Fisher is day-to-day with an upper-body injury. Defenseman Anthony Bitetto is on IR with an upper-body injury and right wing Miikka Salomaki is also on IR with an upper-body injury.

Puck Drop

Tonight’s game starts at 7:00pm Arizona time and can be watched on Fox Sports Arizona or the Fox Sports GO App! You can listen to it on the radio on ESPN 620.