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NHL Preview: Arizona Coyotes (17-28-8) at Nashville Predators (25-19-6)

ARIZONA COYOTES NOTES:

3 HARD LAPS
• Arizona enters tonight on a five-game point streak (2-0-3) and is 4-3-3 in its last 10 GP
• The duo of Clayton Keller and Nick Schmaltz have combined for 12 points in the last two games, each contributing six points on this road trip. Schmaltz’s 13 points (6-7-13) rank third in the NHL since 1/22, trailing only Dougie Hamilton (14 pts) and Matthew Tkachuk (14 pts)
• Tonight’s game is the last of a three-game road trip. It’s the second-to-last time this season the Coyotes will be on the road for at least
three consecutive games (March 21-24)

LAST GAME
Blues 6, Coyotes 5 (OT) – February 11, 2023 – Enterprise Center
ARI Goals: Keller (20, 21), Schmaltz (13), Bjugstad (13), Crouse (17)
STL Goals: Saad (15), Blais (1), Thomas (13), Rosen (6, 7), O’Reilly (11)
ARI Goalie: Vejmelka (O) – 31 svs on 37 shots
STL Goalie: Binnington (W) – 23 svs on 28 shots
PP: 2-4 PK: 5-5
Notes: ARI erased a 5-2 deficit to force overtime but fell 6-5, marking the first time ARI has lost consecutive OT games since Nov. 16-17, 2016…Nick Schmaltz (1-3-4) and Juuso Valimaki (0-4-4) led all skaters with 4 pts…Valimaki’s 4 assists is tied for the most by a Coyotes defenseman (since 1996-97)… Per NHL Stats & Info, Saturday is the third time since the start of 2009-10 that the Coyotes had multiple players post 4+ pts in a game (all of three of which have happened since the start of last season)…Clayton Keller chipped in 3 pts (2-1-3) and cleared 20 goals in the process for the second consecutive season…Lawson Crouse tallied his 17th goal of the season which came with 57 seconds left in regulation…Barrett Hayton picked up another assist to establish a three-game point streak…Nick Bjugstad recorded his first PPG as a Coyote…ARIs PK went 5-for-5 and has killed off its last 18 shorthanded situations…Per NHL Stats & Info, the game combined for 6 goals in the 3rd period, which is T-4th most in a game this season; Only three games this season have featured more combined 3rd-period goals: ANA-VAN on 11/3 (8), VGK-MTL on 11/5 (7) and STL-NYI on 12/6 (7)…Saturday was the 7th time this season ARI registered 2 PPGs in a game…Liam O’Brien missed the game due to an upper-body injury

MAN GAMES LOST (Name/Roster Status/Injury Type/Games Missed/Last Game Played)
Liam O’Brien…Day-to-Day…Upper-Body (1 / 2/10)
Shayne Gostisbehere…Week-to-Week…Upper-Body (5 / 1/24)
Total man games lost: 114 games
Liam O’Brien – 23 (12/17 – 2/6) – Upper-Body
Jakob Chychrun – 16 (10/13 – 11/17) – Upper-Body
Matias Maccelli – 16 (12/27 – 1/24) – Lower-Body
Nick Schmaltz – 15 (10/15 – 11/17) – Upper-Body … 1 (12/31) – Upper-Body
Zack Kassian – 9 (11/1 – 11/21) – Lower-Body
Connor Timmins – 9 (10/15 – 11/5) – Upper-Body
Andrew Ladd – 6 (N/A) – Undisclosed
Josh Brown – 3 (11/23 – 11/27) – Upper-Body
Ben McCartney – 3 (10/13 – 10/17) – Lower-Body
Juuso Valimaki – 1 (11/23) – Upper-Body
Lawson Crouse – 1 (12/1) – Illness | 4 (1/19 – 1/24) – Upper-Body
Connor Ingram – 1 (1/8) – Illness

RECENT TRANSACTIONS
-2/11 – Recalled D Victor Sodestrom from Tucson (AHL)
-2/11 – Recalled D Dysin Mayo from Tucson (AHL)
-2/7 – Assigned F Jean-Sebastien Dea to Tucson (AHL)
-2/5 – Recalled F Jean-Sebastien Dea from Tucson (AHL)
-2/5 – Assigned F Dylan Guenther to the Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
DATE TIME (AZ) OPPONENT VENUE TV RADIO
Wed, Feb 15 7pm vs TBL Mullett Arena Bally Sports Arizona 98.7 FM
Sat, Feb 18 8:30pm at LAK Crypto.com Arena Bally Sports Arizona 98.7 FM
Sun, Feb 19 6:30pm vs CBJ Mullett Arena Bally Sports Arizona 98.7 FM

YOTES & PREDS

  • Tonight is the second of four ARI-NSH matchups this season. They’ll play twice more in Tempe on 2/26 and 3/9
  • NSH captured the first meeting 4-3 in shootout on 11/21
  • Nick Bjugstad led all skaters with 3 pts (2-1-3) on 11/21, one of his tallies coming shorthanded…He also scored in the shootout
  • Bjugstad has posted 3-1-4 over the last two times he’s faced Nashville
  • Lawson Crouse also pitched in a goal in the November meeting
  • Connor Ingram registered a then-career-high 42 saves in the 11/21 matchup
  • Matias Maccelli recorded an assist on 11/21, which was his 10th helper of the season. That game is the only time Maccelli has faced the Predators
  • Coyotes vs Predators
    • All-Time: 36-29-2-12
    • Home: 24-11-0-4
    • Road: 12-18-2-8
    • L10: 4-5-1
    • STRK: OT1

SCORING NOTABLES AGAINST THE PREDATORS
Nick Bjugstad…7-1-8…17 career GP
Nick Schmaltz…2-7-9…11 career GP
Clayton Keller…2-4-6…11 career GP
Jakob Chychrun…3-2-5…10 career GP
JJ Moser…0-2-2…3 career GP
Career Leaders
Goals (Bjugstad, 7)… Assists (Schmaltz, 7)…Points (Schmaltz, 9)
Career Leaders Among Defensemen
Goals (Chychrun/Gostisbehere, 3)… Assists (Gostisbehere, 5)…Points (Gostisbehere, 8)

NASHVILLE PREDATORS NOTES:

ALL-TIME vs. ARIZONA
OVERALL (79 GP) 41-30-(2)-6
HOME (40 GP) 26-11-(2)-1
ROAD (39 GP) 15-19-(0)-5
LAST MEETING Nov. 21, 2022 at NSH (SOW, 4-3)
PLAYOFFS (0-2) Last: 2020 SCQ (L, 3-1)
− The Predators are 41-30-(2)-6 all-time against the Coyotes, including a 26-11-(2)-1 record at Bridgestone Arena.
− This is the second of four matchups between Nashville and Arizona in 2022-23; it is the second and final at home.
− Nashville is 1-0-0 against Arizona this season, earning a 4-3 shootout win on Nov. 21. Mikael Granlund and Roman Josi both had a goal and an assist in the victory.
− The Predators are 4-1-0 in their last five games against the Coyotes; they are 6-4-0 in their last 10; and 4-1-0 in their last five at home.
− This is the second season Nashville and Arizona are both part of the Central Division.
− Nashville scored four times in the first 6:57 of the first period on April 29, 2022 at Arizona, including three goals in the opening 2:31, the fastest three goals to begin a game in franchise history.

NOTABLES vs. ARIZONA
− Matt Duchene owns 26 career points (13g-13a) against Arizona, the most among Predators skaters.
− Roman Josi has 14 points (6g-8a) in his last seven games vs. the Coyotes, including a four-point effort on Nov. 13, 2021 (2g2a).
− Coyotes goaltender Connor Ingram was claimed on waivers from Nashville on Oct. 10. He made his first three career NHL starts with the Predators and started three of Nashville’s four postseason games in 2022.
− Arizona goaltender Karel Vejmelka was selected by the Predators in the fifth round (145th overall) of the 2015 NHL Draft.

LAST TIME OUT
− Nashville Predators 2, Philadelphia Flyers 1 (OT) – Feb. 11 (Wells Fargo Center)
− NSH goals: Niederreiter (14), Duchene – OT/GWG (16)
− PHI goals: Hayes (17)
− Goaltenders: NSH – Saros (W, 23/24); PHI – Hart (OTL, 23/25)
− Power plays: NSH 0-1; PHI 0-0
− Notes: Nashville improved to 11-11-3 on the road in 2022-23… The Predators closed out their two-game regular-season series against Philadelphia with a 1-1-0 record… Nashville is now 6-6 in overtime/shootouts this season (4-5 in OT; 2-1 in shootout)… It was Nashville’s first OT game since Dec. 31 at Vegas… The Predators did not allow a power-play opportunity for the second time this season and first since Nov. 29 vs. Anaheim… Matt Duchene scored his 10th career OT goal… Duchene’s four overtime goals since the 2021-22 season are tied for the fourth-most in the NHL… He added an assist on Nino Niederreiter’s goal… Niederreiter’s goal was his first since Dec. 12 at Montreal… Jeremy Lauzon matched his season high in hits with nine… Tanner Jeannot and Juuso Parssinen recorded fighting majors; it was the first of Parssinen’s NHL career.

INJURY REPORT
Player Designation Dates Missed Games Missed
Mark Borowiecki Upper body – IR Oct. 27-Feb. 11 43
Alexandre Carrier Upper body Jan. 26-Feb. 11 3
Filip Forsberg Upper body – day-to-day
Total man-games lost: 100
Individual man-games lost: Borowiecki – 44; McCarron – 20; Carrier – 8; McDonagh – 7; Smith – 6; Trenin – 5; Glass – 3; Lauzon – 3; Jankowski – 2; Duchene – 1; Lankinen – 1

RECENT TRANSACTIONS
− Feb. 8: Signed forward Tommy Novak to a one-year, $800,000 contract for 2023-24.
− Feb. 6: Signed forward Cole Smith to a one-year, $775,000 contract for 2023-24.
− Feb. 5: Recalled forward Tommy Novak and defenseman Kevin Gravel from Milwaukee (AHL).

ALL-TIME LEADERBOARDS
Games Played
Rk. Player GP
1 David Legwand 956
2 Roman Josi 810
3 Shea Weber 763
4 Martin Erat 723
5 Mattias Ekholm 712
6 Craig Smith 661
7 Filip Forsberg 616
8 Dan Hamhuis 600
9 Kimmo Timonen 573
10 Ryan Ellis 562

ALL GLASS, NO BRAKES
− After opening the season with three points (1g-2a) in his first 16 appearances (Oct. 7-Dec. 12), Cody Glass owns 16 points (6g-10a) in his last 24 games. He’s found the scoresheet in four of his last five games (2g-3a).
− His 16 points since Dec. 13 are tied for the third-most among Predators forwards in that time span.
− Since being held pointless for three games from Jan. 6-11, Glass has found the scoresheet in seven of his last 10 contests, posting eight points (3g-5a).
− Glass has established career highs in goals (7), assists (12) and points (19) this season.

QUICK HITS
− The Predators have scored the first goal of the game on 31 occasions this season, tied for the fifth-best mark in the NHL.
− Nashville has scored 20 first-period goals since Dec. 27, the eighth-most in the NHL in that time span.
− Among NHL players who have taken at least 600 faceoffs, Ryan Johansen is sixth at 59 percent. Johansen won at least 50 percent of his faceoffs in a franchise-record 23 consecutive games, a streak that came to an end on Nov. 23 at Detroit. The previous record was held by current Predators Assistant GM Scott Nichol, who did so in 17 straight games during the 2006-07 season.
− Colton Sissons is second in the NHL in shorthanded faceoffs won (99).

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