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Coyotes try to end scoring woes

Phoenix (24-22-5) at Nashville (22-24-3) 8:00 p.m. EST

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Ticker) -- After a brief flurry of

offensive production, the Phoenix Coyotes are once again

struggling to find the back of the net.

The Coyotes look to avoid their fourth straight regulation loss

and third consecutive shutout when they visit the Nashville

Predators on Tuesday.

Following back-to-back blankings on January 4 and 6, Phoenix -

which has been shutout an NHL-high eight times this season -

averaged 3.4 goals per game en route to a 5-2-0 record over its

next seven contests.

The Coyotes concluded that run of success by scoring a

season-high six tallies during a three-goal victory over the

defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings on January 20.

But, after taking a week off for the All-Star break, Phoenix

returned and suffered a 7-3 setback to the Anaheim Ducks last

Tuesday, and have failed to score since.

In all, the Coyotes have been held scoreless over the last 142

minutes, 26 seconds, going 0-for-13 on power plays in the last

two games.

The Predators are returning home after claiming wins over the

Vancouver Canucks and Edmonton Oilers sandwiched around a loss

to the Calgary Flames during a three-game road trip to Canada.

Rookie goaltender Pekka Rinne made 32 saves and J.P. Dumont and

Martin Erat each tallied for Nashville during a 2-1 victory over

the Oilers on Sunday.


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