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Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee Attendance: 17,295
Coyotes aim to extend Predators' home skid
The Nashville Predators have been singing the blues after losing each of their past three games in Music City.
The Predators look to end their home losing skid and avert a three-game season sweep at the hands of the visiting Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday night.
Calle Jarnkrok scored Nashville's lone goal in the opening period on Saturday, but reigning Vezina Trophy recipient Pekka Rinne was unable to make the limited offense stand up in a 3-1 setback to the visiting Dallas Stars.
"When the game was on the line, 1-1 game ... personally for me, somehow I've got to be better. It's been up and down the last little while here," Rinne said after yielding a pair of third-period tallies.
Rinne looks to rebound versus Arizona, against which he has surrendered five goals on 48 shots to drop both encounters this season. Despite those losses, the 36-year-old sports an 18-9-2 mark with six shutouts, a 2.06 goals-against average and a .926 save percentage in 30 career games against the Coyotes.
Nashville spent a significant portion of its Monday practice addressing an ailing power play, which is mired in an 0-for-31 stretch over the past nine games.
"I thought in Vegas (a 2-1 win on Jan. 23), we were doing some good things," Predators coach Peter Laviolette said. "We had lots of looks. We hit the post a few times. It wasn't as clear (on Saturday)."
Arizona, which is 6-3-2 in its past 11 contests, is making its intention clear that it is a contender for a postseason berth in the Western Conference. The Coyotes rallied from a two-goal deficit in the third period Monday before falling to 2-2-1 on their six-game road trip with a 5-4 setback to the Stars.
Captain Oliver Ekman-Larsson set a franchise record for goals scored by a defenseman when he netted his 109th of his career during the first period on Monday. The 27-year-old Swede notched an assist in both Arizona's 2-1 win over Nashville on Nov. 15 as well as in the Coyotes' 3-0 victory over the Predators two weeks later.
"It's wide open. Everybody's winning and losing a little bit, so all we can do is to keep pushing like we have been the last 10, 15 games," Ekman-Larsson said of the Coyotes, who reside three points behind the Vancouver Canucks for the final Western Conference wild-card spot.
"I like the way that we are battling and competing out there. That's why we've been successful. ... All we can do is to give 100 percent every night, and that will give us a good chance to hang around the games and get points."
Darcy Kuemper made 24 saves against Dallas on Monday to fall to 6-1-3 in his past 10 outings. Should he get the nod on Tuesday, Kuemper owns a 4-2-1 mark with one shutout, a 2.44 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage in eight career meetings with the Predators.
Clayton Keller set up a pair of goals on Monday to pad his team-leading totals in assists (26) and points (37) for Arizona, which is 6-3-2 in its past 11 meetings with Nashville.
--Field Level Media
Updated February 5, 2019
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