April 27, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Phoenix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith (41), defenseman Michal Rozsival (32), defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson (23), left wing Ray Whitney (13), center Martin Hanzal (11) and right wing Radim Vrbata (17) stand for the national anthem in game one of the 2012 Western Conference semifinals at Jobing.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE
The Phoenix Coyotes and Nashville Predators meet on Friday night for game four of their conference semifinals series. The Predators avoided a three-game hole after shutting out the Coyotes 2-0 on Wednesday night. Nashville scored its only two goals of the game in the first period in a span of 76 seconds.
Coyotes goalie Mike Smith has been solid this postseason, but can't let a short scoring spurt happen to him again or the Predators will climb back into contention in this series.
Game four will be played in front of a sold-out crowd at Bridgestone Arena in Tennessee. Here are the nuts and bolts of Friday night's playoff matchup:
Start Time: 6:30 p.m. CT
Television Coverage: NBC Sports Network (National)
Who will play for the Predators? Nashville was without its first and fourth-leading scorers on Wednesday night. Alexander Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn were held out by the Predators head coach Barry Trotz for disciplinary reasons. Trotz has yet to make his decision on whether they will play on Friday.