St. Louis Blues @ Predators (Game 41): Preview

The Nashville Predators match up with the St. Louis Blues for the final time this season in an all important game for both teams trying to make it to the playoffs again. Nashville is ranked 13th in the Western Conference with a 15-17-8 record and 38 points. St. Louis is 7th in the Western Conference with 44 points and a record of 21-14-2. Puck drops at 7:08pm CT.

TV/Radio Coverage

Nashville: SportSouth and 102.5 The Game

St. Louis: Fox Sports Midwest and Y98 FM

Season Series

Date Away Home Result
1/21 STL NSH 4-3 STL SO
1/24 NSH STL 0-3 STL
2/5 NSH STL 6-1 NSH

Line Up News

Starting Goaltenders:

#35 Pekka Rinne 14 13 7 2.32 .915
#1 Brian Elliott 6 6 1 3.14 .879

Projected Nashville Scratches: #12 C Mike Fisher (hand), #18 W Brandon Yip (lower body), #28 C Paul Gaustad (upper body; out) and #57 W Gabriel Bourque (upper body); #33 C Colin Wilson (IR; upper body)

Projected St. Louis Scratches: #26 Dmitrij Jaskin, #4 D Kris Russell, #12 C Scott Nichol (soreness), #28 D Ian Cole and #41 G Jaroslav Halak (lower body; out); #15 C Jamie Langenbrunner (IR; hip) #74 C TJ Oshie (IR; lower body)

Projected Lines


#56 Taylor Beck #11 David Legwand #27 Patric Hornqvist
#74 Sergei Kostitsyn #15 Craig Smith #19 Bobby Butler
#16 Rich Clune #52 Austin Watson #13 Nick Spaling
#24 Matt Halischuk #17 Chris Mueller Daniel Bang
#6 Shea Weber #59 Roman Josi
#8 Kevin Klein #64 Victor Bartley
#75 Hal Gill #7 Jon Blum
#35 Pekka Rinne
#30 Chris Mason

St. Louis

#57 David Perron #20 Alex Steen #42 David Backes
#9 Jaden Schwartz #21 Patrick Berglund #25 Chris Stewart
#10 Andy McDonald #17 Vladimir Sobotka #91 Vladimir Tarasenko
#79 Adam Cracknell #32 Chris Stewart #75 Ryan Reaves
#27 Alex Pietrangelo #19 Jay Bouwmeester
#33 Jordan Leopold #22 Kevin Shattenkirk
#46 Roman Polak #5 Barret Jackman
#1 Brian Elliott
#34 Jake Allen

Game Notes

  • The Blues are on a four-game win streak, which ties the Washington Capitals for the longest active streak in the League.
  • The Blues have points in 11 of their last 14 games against Nashville.
  • David Backes has three goals and eight assists (11 points) in his last 14 games vs. Nashville.
  • Vladimir Tarasenko has two goals and two assists in his last three games against the Predators.
  • The Predators are allowing the fifth-fewest goals against on home ice (2.00 goals-against average, 38 goals in 19 games).
  • Nashville is allowing the fifth fewest shots against the season – 27.6 per game.
  • Roman Josi has nine points (2g-7a) in the last 13 games. Josi is averaging 23:26 of ice time this season, up more than five minutes from his rookie season (18:23).
  • Gabriel Bourque – who has missed the past four games – has eight points (5g-3a) in his last 11 games, and seven goals in his last 15 games. Bourque leads the team in goals (11), with seven coming on the road.
  • Taylor Beck has six points (2g-4a) in his last nine games. He has played 11 career NHL games since joining the team on March 19.

St. Lous Blues Players to Watch:

Name GP G A
#25 Chris Stewart 37 16 14
#21 Patrick Berglund 37 15 7
#91 Vladimir Tarasenko 27 8 8

Who scores the first goal of the game for Predators? Win a Preds player t-shirt, info here.