Preview: Coyotes at Predators
The Nashville Predators have struggled at home of late, losing each of their last three contests at Bridgestone Arena. Nashville hopes to turn things around when it continues its three-game homestand Tuesday against the Arizona Coyotes.
The Predators returned to Music City after a perfect three-game road trip and dropped a 3-1 decision to Dallas on Saturday. Calle Jarnkrok scored against the Stars, giving him three tallies in 34 contests since recording a hat trick Nov. 17 versus Los Angeles. Arizona is wrapping up a six-game trek that began with a pair of victories that have been followed by three setbacks, including Monday's 5-4 loss at Dallas. Clayton Keller and Nick Cousins each set up two goals in the defeat, with the former increasing his team-leading totals to 26 assists and 37 points.
TV: 8 p.m. ET, FS Arizona, FS Tennessee (Nashville)
ABOUT THE COYOTES (23-24-5): Defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored against the Stars to get his name in the franchise record book. The 27-year-old Swedish captain has 109 career goals, moving him past Teppo Numminen for the most by a blue-liner in the history of the organization. Alex Galchenyuk also scored Monday, ending his five-game drought and putting him one goal away from hitting double digits for the sixth straight season.
ABOUT THE PREDATORS (31-19-4): Viktor Arvidsson leads the team with 21 goals, recording them in only 30 games, but has notched just seven assists. The 25-year-old Swede also tops the club with five game-winning tallies - one shy of the career high he set in 2016-17 and matched last season. Filip Forsberg is two goals away from reaching 20 for the fifth consecutive campaign but enters Tuesday with a seven-game drought.
1. The Predators have five players with double-digit goal totals and five others that are one away from joining that group.
2. Arizona D Alex Goligoski exited Monday's game with an upper-body injury and could miss the contest versus the Predators.
3. Nashville concludes its homestand Thursday as it meets the Dallas team against which the stretch began.
PREDICTION: Predators 5, Coyotes 2