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Thursday, October 31st (All times Eastern)

Nashville Predators (6-5-1) at Phoenix Coyotes (8-3-2), 10 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The surging Phoenix Coyotes will try to end October on a positive note when they welcome the Nashville Predators for Thursday's battle at Jobing.com Arena.

The Coyotes have posted a solid 8-3-2 record in the first month of the season and can cap October on a three-game winning streak with a home win tonight.

Phoenix has won two straight and four of its last five contests and only has suffered one regulation setback over its past 10 games (7-1-2). The lone regulation loss during that run came in a 7-4 road loss to Los Angeles last Thursday, but the Coyotes exacted revenge for that lopsided defeat in their most recent trip to the ice.

Kyle Chipchura finished with one goal and one assist and Mike Smith made 41 saves in the Coyotes' 3-1 win over the visiting Kings on Tuesday. Shane Doan and Derek Morris also had a goal for the Coyotes, who improved their home record to 5-0-1.

"When you get shellacked like we did earlier this season in LA, it was nice to play them again so soon to get it back," Smith said. "To respond the way we did was good to see. Our first period was exceptional and then they came at us pretty hard. But we held our own pretty well."

Thursday's tilt marks the end of a three-game homestand for the Coyotes, who will open November by playing four of six on the road.

The Coyotes have played two straight without defenseman Rostislav Klesla (lower body) and centerman Jeff Halpern sat out Tuesday's test with an upper- body injury. Both players are doubtful for tonight.

The Predators were slammed 6-1 by the visiting St. Louis Blues on Saturday and haven't played since, giving Barry Trotz's club four full days off to get over the blowout loss.

Nashville fell behind 1-0 just 5:27 into Saturday's game against the Blues and trailed 3-0 by the end of the second period. Carter Hutton was tagged for five goals on 26 shots before being pulled in the third. Magnus Hellberg allowed a goal on four shots in relief for the Predators, who had won three of four games heading into Saturday's showdown with the Blues.

Nick Spaling scored the lone Nashville goal and Mattias Ekholm added an assist.

"Obviously we didn't get the job done tonight," Spaling said. "There were just a couple breakdowns we have to fix."

After getting pounded at home on Saturday, the Preds will open a seven-game road trip tonight. It's the longest swing of the season for Nashville, which won't play its next game in Music City until Nov. 16 against Chicago.

Defenseman Roman Josi is expected to return to the lineup for the start of the trip. He has been out since suffering a concussion on Oct. 4 versus Colorado and was cleared for contact on Monday. Josi is expected to be eased back into the defensive rotation after having been paired with Shea Weber before the injury.

Phoenix is 5-2-1 in the last eight meetings against the Predators and Nashville has dropped four of its last seven in the desert.

10/31 10:28:03 ET

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Standings

2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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