The NASHVILLE and the ARIZONA will both be gunning for a victory on 11/15/2018 at 9:05 PM when they meet in a game matchup.
NASHVILLE PREDATORS vs ARIZONA COYOTES
When: 9:00 PM ET, Thursday, November 15, 2018
Where: Gila River Arena, Glendale, Arizona
|13||NASHVILLE||0 (-110)||5.5 -120
TV: 9:05 PM
PREDICTION: ARIZONA , NASHVILLE
Oddsmakers currently have the NASHVILLE listed as -135-moneyline favorites versus the ARIZONA, while the game’s total is sitting at 5.5.
The Nashville Predators have dropped two in a row for the first time this season while seeing their perfect record away from home go by the boards, but they will attempt to salvage a winning road trip with a visit to the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday night. Nashville is 2-1-1 on its five-game trek after starting the season with eight straight wins on the road.
The Predators had their unblemished record away from home punctured in a back-to-back Monday and Tuesday, losing in a shootout at Anaheim (2-1) before dropping a 5-4 decision in San Jose after erasing an early three-goal deficit. “The first period is not acceptable for a team of our caliber against a middle-of-the-pack team,” Nashville forward Rocco Grimaldi said after Tuesday’s setback. “No matter what happens we believe we can come back.” The Coyotes were ascending up the Pacific Division standings on the heels of a five-game winning streak, but they have dropped four of their last five. “I don’t know if it’s the end of the trip and guys want to go home. I don’t know,” coach Rick Tocchet said after Arizona wrapped up a four-game trek with a 6-1 loss in Detroit. “But it’s inconsistent hockey the last two weeks and it’s something we’re going to have stamp out really quick.”
TV: 9 p.m. ET, FS Tennessee (Nashville), FS Arizona
ABOUT THE PREDATORS (13-4-1): Nashville will add some depth to its lineup with the return of forward Austin Watson, who was reinstated to the active roster after serving an 18-game suspension stemming for a domestic assault incident involving his girlfriend. Watson released a statement thanking the organization for its support while offering an apology for his actions. “He’ll be a physical force (that) I don’t want to say we’ve been missing, but he’s an upgrade on what we currently have,” said general manager David Poile said of Watson, who scored 14 goals last season.
ABOUT THE COYOTES (8-8-1): Hours after agreeing to a six-year contract extension worth a reported $27.6 million, defenseman Jakob Chychrun made his season debut for Arizona in the loss Detroit. Sidelined while recovering from offseason knee surgery, Chychrun registered three shots on goal and blocked a shot in 20:39 of ice time. “There were a couple of things I noticed here and there where I wasn’t necessarily myself,” Chychrun said. “I wasn’t expecting to pick up where I left off last year, but I’ll take little things, day by day, and hopefully I can get there soon.”
1. Predators G Pekka Rinne, who has allowed three goals in his last four starts, is 18-7-2 with a 2.02 goals-against average versus Arizona.
2. Coyotes F Richard Panik has scored four goals in his last seven games but was a minus-4 in Detroit.
3. Predators F Filip Forsberg scored twice at San Jose to give him 10 on the season, but he has three goals in 10 games versus the Coyotes.
PREDICTION: Predators 4, Coyotes 2