Predators Seek Revenge Against Inbound Coyotes
By Taylor Parks
The Nashville Predators (17-7-1) welcome the Arizona Coyotes (10-11-2) into Bridgestone Arena on Thursday night. The Predators come into the contest leading the Central Division and Western Conference and sit at 2nd in the overall NHL standings, looking to rebound after a 3-2 loss at the hands of the Avalanche. In contrast, Arizona comes in losing 4 of their past 6 games, and one of those wins coming against the Predators earlier this month.
The Predators’ morning skate showed struggling Kevin Fiala on the first line skating with Forsberg and Johansen. Defensemen PK Subban and Second line center Kyle Turris remain sidelined with injury. With these significant injuries, Nashville will continue to look to grab points and continue to lead the Central Division.
For the Coyotes, they are coming off an impressive win against the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night. Goaltender Antti Raanta left midway through the contest with yet another injury, opening the door for 22 year old Adin Hill who pitched a shutout and got the win on Tuesday night. Hill looks to also lead the Coyotes onto the ice tonight in Bridgestone Arena.
For the Predators to be successful tonight, they must challenge the young goaltender early and often. The Coyotes do not have the fire power to play from behind so look for the Predators to attempt to jump on top early.
Prediction: Nashville 4 Arizona-1