NHL Hockey

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Final 1 2 3 Tot
Arizona 0 2 1 3
Nashville 0 0 0 0
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5:00 PM PT6:00 PM MT7:00 PM CT8:00 PM ET1:00 GMT9:00 6:00 PM MST8:00 PM EST5:00 UAE (+1)20:00 ETNaN:� BRT, November 29, 2018
Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee  Attendance: 17,165

Arizona may be forced to start Hill in Nashville

Arizona Coyotes at Nashville Predators

  1. The Coyotes beat the Wild, 4-3, in Minnesota on Tuesday, snapping a four-game skid, and scoring more than two goals for the first time in seven games. It was just their second win this season when allowing at least three goals.
  2. Josh Archibald had two goals and an assist in the win over Minnesota, his first career three-point game, and his first three points of the season. Archibald set a career high with 11 points (5g, 6a) in 42 games last season.
  3. Arizona got a 2-1 win at home when these teams met on November 15. Neither team has scored more than three goals in any of the last five meetings (Nashville is 3-1-1 in those games).
  4. The Predators lost to the Avalanche, 3-2, at home on Tuesday, falling to 1-2-0 in games in which they're tied after the second period (they're 13-1-0 when leading after two, and 3-4-1 when trailing after two).
  5. Ryan Hartman opened the scoring against Colorado, giving him two goals in his last three games following a six-game pointless streak. Hartman had four points in his first three games against Arizona, but hasn't found the scoresheet in his last three.
  6. Both teams have been stingy in the final frame -- Nashville has allowed only 14 third-period goals all season, fewest in the league, and the Coyotes have allowed just 19, good for fourth fewest in the league.

There are softer landing spots for one's first start in goal than Nashville, but the Arizona Coyotes might not have a choice in this matter.

If starter Antti Raanta can't recover from a lower-body injury that knocked him out of a 4-3 win Tuesday night in Minnesota, backup Adin Hill would make his first start of the season and just the fifth start of his NHL career Thursday night against the Predators in Bridgestone Arena.

Hill, who stopped five third period shots to pick up the win over the Wild, is 2-3-0 in six NHL games with a 3.04 goals-against average and an .896 save percentage. The 6-6, 202-pound Hill is just 22 years old and is coming off his own lower-body injury that recently cost him four weeks of playing time in the minors.

"It's the NHL, so each game for me is still very exciting and fun," Hill said. "But I'm feeling a little bit more comfortable here now and I think I'm adjusting to the pace a bit more with every game."

Hill was called up from Arizona's AHL affiliate in Tucson when Coyotes backup Darcy Kuemper fell victim to his own lower-body injury that will keep him out until at least Saturday, when St. Louis visits Gila River Arena.

Given the circumstances, Arizona's rally in Minnesota might have constituted its best win of the season. Trailing 3-1 with their starting goalie out, the Coyotes' 30th-ranked offense produced three third period goals against the normally solid Devan Dubnyk to steal two points, Josh Archibald supplying the winning goal at 8:39.

"I like the resiliency," Arizona coach Rick Tocchet said. "A couple of guys were struggling early and we kind of regained ourselves in the third, so that's nice. When you're down 3-1 going into the third period, hopefully in an 82-game schedule you're going to win some of those."

It was the first win for the Coyotes (10-11-2) since a 2-1 decision over Nashville on Nov. 15 in Glendale. While they've had the Predators' number in the desert, winning five of their last six meetings at home, Arizona hasn't come out of Music City with a win since March 28, 2013, when it was still known as the Phoenix Coyotes.

Nashville (17-7-1) is coming off a 3-2 loss Tuesday night to Colorado that snapped two lengthy winning streaks. The Predators entered the match with six straight home victories and 11 consecutive wins over the Avalanche, but failed to extend those streaks despite a 38-25 advantage in shots on goal.

"I thought that we had enough chances to win the game," Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne said, "but I have to give them credit. Their power play was very effective tonight. It's a good team. Obviously, it's disappointing when it's a division game and you come up short and it's played at home, but we battled until the end and just couldn't get the tying goal."

It's the third game in a five-game homestand for the Predators, which still lead the Central Division by three points over Colorado.

Updated November 29, 2018

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