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Ribeiro, Preds head to Arizona

Dec 11, 2014 - 4:11 PM ( - The Arizona Coyotes will try to snap their longest home losing streak in franchise history on Thursday night as they take on Mike Ribeiro and the Nashville Predators.

In dropping the first two of a five-game homestand, the Coyotes are 0-5-2 in their past seven at Gila River Arena. That is the longest home skid in franchise history, even dating back to the club's time as the original Winnipeg Jets.

The Coyotes lost 5-2 to the Boston Bruins on Saturday, getting goals from Mikkel Boedker and Joe Vitale in the club's third straight loss and sixth in seven games.

Devan Dubnyk was tagged for four goals on 24 shots while Mike Smith stopped 8- of-9 in relief.

"We need our goaltenders to clean up a little more," said Arizona head coach Dave Tippett, whose club will try to avoid its first four-game slide of the season.

Smith has posted a 3.27 goals against average and .890 save percentage in 21 games with 20 starts this season, while Dubnyk has logged a 2.74 GAA and .918 save percentage in 10 games with eight starts.

Smith may get the start tonight and is 3-4-1 in his career versus Nashville with a 2.79 GAA and .898 save percentage.

Arizona may also get forward David Moss in the lineup for the first time since he suffered an upper-body injury on Oct. 23 versus Minnesota. He has missed the past 22 games.

Tonight will mark Ribeiro's return to Arizona, where he spent one forgettable season in 2013-14. The Coyotes signed him to a four-year deal after he posted 49 points in 48 games with Washington, but Ribeiro had just 16 goals and 47 points in 80 games with the Coyotes.

Ribeiro had the final three year's of his contract bought out and Arizona's front office even took some parting shots at him following the release.

"I think I mainly (feel) regret, that I couldn't help them in the way that I wanted," Ribeiro said on Nashville's website. "I know there's some resentment toward me because I let some people down that believed in me, and I kind of hurt them by doing that. But it's in the past now; I moved forward from that. But to come back, it's pretty weird."

Ribeiro leads the Predators with 16 assists and is second on the club with 24 points. He had a goal and an assist in Nashville's 4-3 shootout win at home over Arizona on Oct. 21.

The Preds have won three straight over the Coyotes.

Nashville avoided its first two-game slide of the season with Tuesday's 3-0 win over the Colorado Avalanche. Filip Forsberg scored on a breakaway 2:23 into the game and Pekka Rinne made 26 saves for his third shutout of the season and 35th of his career.

"I don't think I have any more words to use for him," said Forsberg of Rinne. "It's unbelievable. He kept us in the game, especially in the second period when they kind of took over. He was huge for us and I'm very happy to have him on our team."

James Neal and Gabriel Bourque added empty-net goals in Nashville's sixth victory in eight games, while Ribeiro had a pair of assists.

One negative was forward Paul Gaustad exiting early in the first period with a lower-body injury that has him day-to-day.

Rinne has logged six shutouts in his career versus Arizona, going 11-6-1 with a 2.11 GAA and .927 save percentage as well.

    ARIZONA: 1

    Dec 11 11:36 PM

  • Nashville Goal - Olli Jokinen (2), from Colin Wilson and Shea Weber at 7:20.

    Predators 5, Coyotes 1  3rd - 12:40Dec 11 11:13 PM
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    Predators 5, Coyotes 1  3rd - 12:40Dec 11 11:13 PM

  • Nashville Goal - Calle Jarnkrok (2), from Gabriel Bourque and Filip Forsberg at 2:43.

    Predators 4, Coyotes 1  3rd - 17:17Dec 11 11:06 PM
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    Predators 4, Coyotes 1  3rd - 17:17Dec 11 11:06 PM

    ARIZONA: 1
    End of 2nd

    Dec 11 10:43 PM

    ARIZONA: 1
    End of 1st

    Dec 11 9:50 PM

  • Nashville Goal - Ryan Ellis (3), from James Neal and Mike Ribeiro at 18:30.

    Predators 3, Coyotes 1  1st - 1:30Dec 11 9:46 PM

  • Nashville Power-Play Goal - James Neal (11), from Mike Fisher at 11:06.

    Predators 2, Coyotes 1  1st - 8:54Dec 11 9:31 PM

  • Nashville Power-Play Goal - Mike Fisher, from Shea Weber and Filip Forsberg at 6:57.

    Predators 1, Coyotes 1  1st - 13:03Dec 11 9:23 PM

  • Arizona Power-Play Goal - Antoine Vermette (7), from Mikkel Boedker and Keith Yandle at 4:11.

    Predators 0, Coyotes 1  1st - 15:49Dec 11 9:16 PM

    ARIZONA: 0
    1st Period - 20:00

    Dec 11 9:09 PM
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