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GDT Game 6: Coyotes host Predators for Noche de los Yotes

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The Coyotes are riding a three game point streak and take on the Nashville Predators for the first time this season.

Arizona Coyotes v Nashville Predators

Game Preview

After taking the Colorado Avalanche, one of the best teams in the league, to overtime, the Arizona Coyotes had another difficult challenge on Tuesday. The Winnipeg Jets are a bit of a mystery this season, but they are still not a team to be taken likely. But after allowing the first goal, the Coyotes were able to bounce back and thanks to a stellar second period the Desert Dogs walked out with two points in their first win against the Jets in Winnipeg.

Conor Garland would get things going for the Coyotes, and in a flip of the normal script, he managed to score with less than a minute left in the first period. The second period would be huge, with the Coyotes scoring their first two power play goals of the season from Christian Dvorak and Nick Schmaltz just over two minutes apart. Dvorak would get his second of the night and the season off a pass from Schmaltz giving Schmaltz his third point of the night.

With the Winnipeg game and the previous Vegas Golden Knights game, we are seeing more of the Coyotes offense that we were hoping. The Coyotes took a chance signing Dvorak and Schmaltz long-term, and while they may have had a bit of rust it’s great to see them starting to click offensively. Schmaltz has goals in three consecutive games and Dvorak has three points in three games.

Luckily while the Coyotes offense is clicking, the defense and goaltending are still solid. The Coyotes have not allowed another team to score more than two goals in regulation this season. Only the Colorado Avalanche have scored a third goal, which came in overtime. Darcy Kuemper is riding an eleven game streak of allowing two or fewer goals, which is insanely good.

The Nashville Predators are a really good team that has had a few interesting games as of late. They are currently 4-2-0 and are second in the Central Division behind only the Colorado Avalanche. But while they are coming in off a 5-2 win against the Golden Knights, their previous game saw them lose 7-4 to the Los Angeles Kings.

Nashville made a few big changes this past offseason. Gone is defenseman P. K. Subban and in is center Matt Duchene. Nashville has been searching for a center of Duchene’s caliber for years, and he makes a great team even better. Duchene has been a great addition, and he currently leads the team with 9 points.

Players to Watch

Arizona: Conor Garland - Garland scored the game-tying goal for Coyotes against the Jets and had two big goals against the Vegas Golden Knights. Garland’s effort is making him a fan favorite and hopefully he will continue to provide solid offense for the Coyotes as the season continues.

Nashville: Filip Forsberg - Forsberg has registered a point in every game he has played this season and has scored a goal in all but one. It’s questionable whether he will be able to play tonight, but if he is then he is definitely one to watch.

Injuries

Arizona: Jordan Oesterle (questionable, lower body), Niklas Hjalmarsson (fibula)

Nashville: Filip Forsberg (questionable, lower body)

Puck Drop

Tonight’s game is at Gila River Arena at 7:00 pm and will be available on Fox Sports Arizona and Fox Sports 910 AM. It will also be “Noche de los Yotes” with special jerseys available during warm up which will be auctioned to benefit the Arizona Coyotes Foundation.