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Nashville Predators @ Arizona Coyotes: The Road Trip Concludes

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The Preds’ road trip stands at 2-1-1; can they finish above .500?

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The Predators dropped their game against the Sharks on Tuesday in regulation, causing their road record to fall to a pedestrian 8-1-1. Despite their success this season, the past few games have featured the team playing thirty minutes out of sixty, by a generous estimation.

The Coyotes are also coming off a loss, a 6-1 drubbing on the road versus Detroit. At home, they are just over .500 at four wins and three losses with an overall record of 8-8-1.

The Arizona Coyotes

The Coyotes’ record has been very inconsistent, after starting the season dropping four out of five games and scoring five goals, including three shutouts. Offensively, they are 28th in the league, scoring just 2.65 goals per game. Defensively, they also allow 2.65 goals per game, but that is good for sixth in the league, thanks in part to the play of Antti Raanta. Unfortunately for them, he is currently injured, and their backup Darcy Kuemper has a .906 save percentage.

Off the ice, the Coyotes announced Tuesday that they signed defenseman Jacob Chychrun to a six year deal worth $27.6 million. That crosses one RFA off of their list for this summer, but the bottom of their CapFriendly page is a work of art.

The Nashville Predators

The Predators’ woes on special teams have been well documented, but their penalty kill efficacy has increased quite a bit from the beginning of the season. Unfortunately, they rank fifth in the league with 8.1 penalty minutes per game, so staying out of the box continues to be an issue. The fact that they are dynamite at even strength should provide extra motivation.

The injury bug seems to be working its way through the roster, with both Jarnkrok and Arvidsson out and Subban questionable after only logging 7:07 of ice time versus San Jose. We will see how the game roster shakes out with Austin Watson eligible to return.

Reasons to Watch

2. Can the Predators play a full sixty minutes? Please?

3. This game starts earlier than the last two, so it's practically a matinee!

Sights & Sounds

You can catch the game at 8:00 PM Central on Fox Sports Tennessee or 102.5 FM The Game.