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Nashville (15-12-3) at Phoenix (14-13-4), 9:00 pm EST

GLENDALE, Arizona (Ticker) -- Wayne Gretzky has yet to make the

playoffs as a coach. The Phoenix Coyotes may be in position to

end that trend this season.

Gretzky's Coyotes hope to avoid a third straight loss Thursday

when they host the Nashville Predators.

Phoenix did manage to pick up an important point Tuesday when

Todd Fedoruk scored the tying goal midway through the third

period. But Loui Eriksson tallied his second of the game in

overtime for the Stars, who recorded a 2-1 win over the Coyotes.

Currently ninth in the Western Conference standings, Phoenix is

part of a slew of teams fighting for playoff position and every

point is going to matter in such a close race.

The Coyotes, who have gone 6-3-2 over their last 11 games, are

in their fourth season with "The Great One" behind the bench.

Gretzky, who missed the postseason just five times during his

legendary 20-year playing career, owns a 121-135-21 coaching

record and may be replaced without a trip to the playoffs.

Dan Ellis made 27 saves to post his second shutout as the

Predators snapped a three-game losing streak with a 3-0 victory

over the Stars on Saturday.

Ellis, who is trying to hold on to his starting job, is 9-11-3

with a 2.78 goals-against average and .903 save percentage. He

has started the last three games after Pekka Rinne made four

straight starts.

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