NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Roman Josi had two goals and two assists to lead the Nashville Predators to a 4-1 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday night.
Matt Duchene and Mikael Granlund also scored for Nashville, which has won three straight and four of five. Juuse Saros had 22 saves. Eeli Tolvanen had two assists.
Jakob Chychrun scored and Karel Vejmelka made 19 saves for the struggling Coyotes, who are 1-13-1 this season.
Duchene scored the game’s first goal with 8:46 left in the first period. On a delayed penalty call against Arizona, Josi found Duchene in the left circle with a pass from the high slot. Duchene beat Vejmelka low to the stick side for his ninth of the season.
Josi made it 2-0 with a power goal with 1:48 left in the first on a one-timer off of a pass from Tolvanen.
Granlund put Nashville up 3-0 at 7:02 of the second with a wrist shot from the right faceoff dot through traffic.
Fresh out of the penalty box, Josi scored his second of the night and sixth of the season at 5:54 of the third when he banked his shot from below the goal line off of Vejmelka’s skate and into the net.
Chychrun spoiled Saros’ shutout bid with a power-play goal with 6:30 left in the third.
DUCHENE’S HOT STREAK CONTINUES
With a goal and an assist Saturday, Duchene extended his goal-scoring streak to three games. He has 11 points (seven goals, four assists) in his last seven games. Duchene’s nine goals and 16 points exceed his totals from last season, an injury-shortened campaign where he played just 34 games.
Coyotes forward Dmitrij Jaskin was injured at 12:30 of the first period. Carrying the puck in the neutral zone, Jaskin collided with Nashville defenseman Mark Borowiecki. Following the hit, Arizona’s Antoine Roussel engaged Borowiecki in a fight.
Borowiecki was assessed a major penalty for kneeing, a major penalty for fighting and a game misconduct on the play. Roussel was given an instigator minor, a fighting major and a 10-minute misconduct.
Arizona announced that Jaskin would not return to the game due lower body injury.
Saturday marked the 76th regular season meeting between the Predators and Coyotes, but the first as division foes. Arizona was moved to the Central Division when the Seattle Kraken entered the league at the beginning of this season and was placed in the Pacific Division.
Coyotes: At St. Louis on Tuesday night.
Predators: At Toronto on Tuesday night to open a three-game trip.
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