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Nashville 4, Arizona 2
When: 8:00 PM ET, Saturday, January 8, 2022
Where: Gila River Arena, Glendale, Arizona
Referees: Reid Anderson, Eric Furlatt
Linesmen: Shandor Alphonso, Dan Kelly
Attendance: 10317

Roman Josi collected one goal and an assist to lead the Nashville Predators to their fourth consecutive win with a 4-2 road victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday.

Mattias Ekholm, Yakov Trenin and Tanner Jeannot all scored first-period goals while Ryan Johansen added two assists for the Predators, who are on an 11-1-1 run. Goaltender Juuse Saros made 38 saves to cap a perfect three-game road trip.

Clayton Keller and Lawson Crouse replied for the Coyotes. Goalie Karel Vejmelka stopped 25 shots.

Ekholm opened the scoring 56 seconds into the chippy, penalty-filled clash on his team's first offensive chance. Luke Kunin's shot from the slot during an odd-man rush was stopped, but Ekholm drove to the net and converted the loose puck before crashing into the cage himself for his second goal of the season.

Trenin's ninth goal of the campaign doubled the lead with 2:40 remaining in the opening frame. During four-on-four play, Trenin gained the puck at the top of the right circle and fired a perfect shot inside the far post behind a screened Vejmelka.

Jeannot potted his 11th goal of the season 96 seconds later to make it a 3-0 affair. He raced to the far post and had no trouble redirecting Matt Duchene's seeing-eye cross-ice pass.

Keller's tally 2:19 into the third period gave the hosts a much-needed boost. After losing a face-off in Nashville territory, Keller zipped around his opposing center to gain the puck and flicked a sharp-angled shot that banked into the goal off Saros' shoulder for his team-leading 12th goal.

However, Josi's power-play goal at 7:25 restored Nashville's three-goal edge. With a slew of skaters screening the goalie, Josi's long wrist shot found the mark for his 12th goal of the season.

Crouse again pulled the Coyotes within a pair just past the midway point of the third period by pouncing on a loose puck for his ninth goal of the season, but they couldn't pull closer.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Nashville   Arizona
Roman Josi 2 Points Lawson Crouse 1
Roman Josi 1 Goals Lawson Crouse 1
Ryan Johansen 2 Assists Cam Dineen 1
Roman Josi 1 Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Juuse Saros .950 Save Percentage Karel Vejmelka .862
Juuse Saros 38 Saves Karel Vejmelka 25
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Nashville 29 4 1-6 6-6 38 34
Arizona 40 2 0-6 5-6 48 36
Upcoming Games
  • Arizona will play their next game at home against Toronto. The Coyotes have a W/L % of .125 after a win and .240 after a loss.
  • Nashville will play their next game at home against Colorado. The Predators have a W/L % of .609 after a win and .692 after a loss.