Back home at Gila River Arena the Arizona Coyotes are facing the best team in the league tonight when they take on the Nashville Predators. After an extremely disappointing end to their road trip, with a 6-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings, the team will be looking to redeem themselves on the ice. They’ll need to prove to their coaches and fans that their last homestand record of 4-1 wasn’t a fluke.
One bright spot in the disappointing loss was that defender Jakob Chychrun returned to the lineup after recovering from a knee injury. In addition to his long anticipated debut, Chychrun also signed a six year 27.6 million dollar contract that begins next season. This means that the team has their Top 5 defenders signed for the next two seasons and that Chychrun is considered a long-term part of the Coyotes future. Unfortunately a minor upper body issue will keep him out of tonight’s game.
Another positive point is that despite allowing a single power play goal in five opportunities on Tuesday night, the Coyotes’ penalty kill is still the best in the league. This may not be quite as impactful against the Predators who have the worst power play in the league, but mixing the two together should mean good things for the Coyotes.
The Predators have one of the best road game records this season, they’ve only lost two games on the road. The first lost was in a shootout to the Anaheim Ducks on Monday and the other in regulation to the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday. Undoubtedly the team will be looking to complete their road trip with a win and will play hard to get it.
Players to Watch
Arizona: Darcy Kuemper - He’s had some ups and downs on the road trip and will need to have a great game to get a win.
Nashville: Filip Forsberg - He is the Predators’ leading goal scorer and is tied for first in points with linemate Ryan Johansen,
Arizona: Alex Goligoski (lower body), Antti Raanta (lower body), Christian Dvorak (torn pectoral) Jakob Chychrun (upper body)
Nashville: Dan Hamhuis (undisclosed), Calle Jarnkrok (lower body), Viktor Arvidsson (broken thumb) P.K. Subban (upper body)
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