J.P. Dumont's Hat Trick Leads Visiting Predators Over Phoenix Coyotes

Ilya Bryzgalov allowed five goals, on just 21 shots, including three to Nashville's J.P. Dumont in Phoenix's 5-2 loss on Tuesday.

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Defensive Miscues Lead To Back-To-Back Losses For Coyotes

It was a tale of two goalies at Jobing.com Arena on Tuesday night. Both Ilya Bryzgalov and Pekka Rinne came in riding hot streaks, but only one showed up for Tuesday's contest between the Phoenix Coyotes and the Nashville Predators.

Now the Preds are not, by any means, an offensive team. They rank highly in defensive stats, but lack in offense, quite similar to what they Coyotes are hoping to establish with their plethora of defensemen. Phoenix made Nashville look like offensive juggernauts on Tuesday.

Two early breakdowns led to Predators goals eight seconds apart in the first period. Those two, however, the Yotes were able to recover from, with Radim Vrbata and Lee Stempniak bringing the Coyotes back to a tie game.

The second period saw a few chances for the Coyotes, including a Lauri Korpikoski chance in which he beat Rinne, but flicked the puck wide of the net. J.P. Dumont took advantage of Phoenix's miscues on offense.

After netting one of two Nashville goals in the first, Dumont tickled the twine with a pair in the second for his fourth career hat trick. Patric Hornqvist added the fifth goal for Nashville, giving them five on just 21 shots.

The box score for the Coyotes wasn't pretty following the loss. Six players finished with at least a minus-2, including defenseman Michal Rozsival, who was getting his first action as a Coyote.

Despite the poor plus/minus, the Coyotes still had chances to win it against the Preds. They outshot their visitors from the Music City by a 34-21 clip, but, similar to Monday, could not convert against a hot goaltender.

It seems when it rains it pours for the Coyotes. After heating up, they've lost back-to-back games on back-to-back nights. They'll look for a quick turnaround against the division rival Kings in Los Angeles on Thursday.

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Coyotes Recall Chris Summers From San Antonio

An addition to the preview for tonight's Coyotes game at Jobing.com Arena, there is some transaction news coming out of the Phoenix front office.

Phoenix has recalled defenseman Chris Summers from their AHL affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage. Drafted out of Michigan in 2006, Summers has registered eight points in 44 games for the Rampage.

With David Schlemko going down with a head injury on Monday, the Coyotes needed some insurance on the blueline, in the event that Ed Jovanovski or Michal Rozsival are not ready to go. Both were on the ice during Tuesday's morning skate.

The Coyotes host Nashville at 7 P.M. local time in Phoenix.

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Phoenix Coyotes Look To Rebound From Monday Loss In Tilt Against Nashville Predators

After dropping a disappointing affair against the San Jose Sharks on Monday afternoon, the Phoenix Coyotes will look to turn it right back around when they host the Nashville Predators at Jobing.com Arena on Tuesday night. Monday saw the Coyotes make few mistakes, but those few were costly in the loss. Defensive breakdowns led to a trio of goals for San Jose, and Phoenix couldn't muster up enough offense to respond.

Tuesday marks the end of a four-game streak at home for the Yotes, and the third of four contests against the Preds this season. The Coyotes have split the previous two, winning 4-3 earlier this year, before being shutout by Nashville 3-0 in their last outing against them.

Nearly all of the credit for that shutout went to Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne, who stoned Phoenix on 33 shots back in November. Rinne comes in riding one of the hotter streaks for a goaltender this season, having allowed only one goal in six of his last nine outings.

He'll be facing a Phoenix goaltender that took home Third Star honors in the NHL last week. Ilya Bryzgalov had won four starts in a row prior to the loss on Monday. He stopped 32 San Jose shots in a losing effort in that game.

There are still questions on the injury front for Phoenix heading into Tuesday's contest. David Schlemko took a big hit to the head on Monday and is expected to miss some time. Head coach Dave Tippett is hoping that either Ed Jovanovski or the newly acquired Michal Rozsival will be healthy enough to go in his place on Tuesday.

With the Coyotes woes on the man advantage in their 0-for-4 performance on Monday, they'll have their hands full with a Nashville squad that is near the top of the league in penalty killing.

Phoenix will look to end their homestand on a high note, given that they will play three of their next five away from the desert.

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