Nashville hasn’t been kind to the Coyotes in recent years and it wasn’t once on Tuesday night as the Predators snapped their four-game losing streak in their 3-0 victory over Phoenix. The Coyotes now have just won twice of their past 11 tries in the Music City.
Shea Weber got the scoring started for the Preds with his power play goal more than three minutes into the first period. The goal for Weber was his third on the season. A period later, Cal O’Reilly got a power play goal of his own in the 13th minute of the second period for his fifth goal of the year. Jordin Tootoo scored on a empty netter to put the game away for good with 25 seconds left.
Pekka Rinne’s play in goal, however, was what won Nashville the game. He was consistent throughout stopping 10 shots in the first period, 13 in the second and 10 in the third to stop all 33 shots that he faced on the night. The shutout for Rinne was his third on the young season and the 17th of his career. Simply put, the Yotes ran into one hell of a goaltender.
Across from Rinne, it was a pretty quiet night for Ilya Bryzgalov as he only faced 22 shots on the night, stopping 20 of them. The loss was the first in regulation on the road for the Russian goaltender on the season. His record on the road now stands at an impressive 5-1-2.
Luckily for Phoenix, they have a chance to redeem themselves Wednesday night in Minnesota against the Wild. The Wild have struggled recently losing two straight and four of six. Something is going to have to give with both teams coming in on losing streaks.