Nashville Predators vs. Arizona Coyotes - 10/21/14
Arizona Coyotes (2-2-0) at Nashville Predators (3-0-2)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday
The Line: Nashville Predators -148 / Arizona Coyotes +135 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Predators look to stay unbeaten in regulation with a win on Tuesday night as they host the Arizona Coyotes in Nashville.
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The Coyotes play in their first road game of the season on Tuesday night as they head East to take on the Nashville Predators and they'll look to jump above the .500 mark with a victory against one of the best teams in the game in the early going. Arizona made the name switch to represent the entire state as opposed to just the city of Phoenix (or Glendale) this season perhaps as a marketing ploy to draw a larger fan interest to the team and the sport and whether it works remains to be seen but either way I think this is a team that will struggle this season and miss out on playoff hockey. Mike Smith, who has been the team's saving grace over the last few years is off to a rocky start as he owns a GAA well over five and the team as a whole is a minus-five in goal differential and going up against a solid Predators team who has earned points in all five games this season doesn't look like the best recipe to turn things around.
Nashville made some noise in the offseason as they brought in goal scorer James Neal from the Pittsburgh Penguins and now with a top end point producer to accompany a great blue line and strong goaltender Nashville could be one of the team's to beat out West. The Preds took a step back last year after asserting themselves as a playoff contender but it looks as though they have gotten over losing Ryan Suter and are now back in the mix as a playoff threat at least for the time being. Pekka Rinne has been ridiculous so far this season as he is 3-0-1 with a 1.22 GAA and against an Arizona team that has huge question marks up front this looks like another opportunity for the Preds to show they are a team to be reckoned with this season. Take the puck line here as Nashville stays undefeated.