The Fangover: Blues utterly dominate Preds in 6-1 win

From start to finish in Saturday night's game against the St. Louis Blues, the Nashville Predators didn't have much going right for them. It took just 5:27 into the game before the scoring broke out. Alexander Steen scored his first of two goals Saturday on the rush, backdoor, after receiving a pass from Kevin Shattenkirk. 

In an attempt to get the team going, Matt Hendricks dropped the gloves with Barrett Jackman midway through the first period. However, the fight did not ignite the team as T.J. Oshie and Jaden Schwartz scored two more goals in the second period before Nashville could score. The lone goal scorer, Nick Spaling, scored fifty-two seconds into the third period shorthanded for his first of the season.

Alex Steen, Derek Roy and Alex Pietrangelo assured the win by adding three more goals. 

Nashville had issues generating offense all night due to Jaroslav Halak, who stopped twenty-two shots. Although he was rarely tested, Halak was able to stop the shots that kept the Predators out of the game. Halak now improves to 6-1-1 with the win.

In front of a good turnout of Blues fans who arrived to cheer on their team, the game ended with Bridgestone Arena chanting, "Let's Go Blues!".

Four Thoughts/Notes

– At 12:52 in the second period, Patric Hornqvist hit Chris Stewart hard into the boards while competing for the loose puck. Stewart lost his footing and Hornqvist's shove made him hit the boards awkwardly. it took Stewart a while to get up and immediately headed down the tunnel to the locker room after. However, in his first shift back, he immediately went after Hornqvist and started a  scrum between benches.

After the game, Stewart was hurt more than what was originally thought. 

– Magnus Hellberg made his NHL debut Saturday night. Although it didn't go down as everyone expected, it was still nice to see him get ice time. Hellberg stopped four shots and allowed one goal in 12:12.

– Maybe head coach Barry Trotz was correct in scratching Viktor Stalberg over Nick Spaling. However, Trotz wasn't right in scratching Stalberg in general. It does appear as if Stalberg will reenter the lineup in Glendale, while Gabriel Bourque will likely sit out. "[Fisher] and [Legwand], we need more from them. And Gabby — does he have a goal yet? We need more from those guys."

– Saturday night showed how far away Nashville is from becoming Stanley Cup contendors. The Blues are legitimate contendors and in order to get to that level, the Predators will have to start earning wins against elite teams.

Scoring Summary

1-0 STL: PP Alex Steen – Shattenkirk and Schwartz at 5:27 of the 1st

2-0 STL: TJ Oshie – Pietrangelo at 7:34 in the 2nd

3-0 STL: Jaden Schwartz – Sobotka and Tarasenko at 11:36 in the 2nd

3-1 STL: SH Nick Spaling – Ekholm at 0:52 in the 3rd

4-1 STL: Alex Steen (2) – Oshie and Backes at 4:37 in the 3rd

5-1 STL: Derek Roy – Tarasenko (2) and Bouwmeester at 7:48 in the 3rd

6-1 STL: PP Alex Pietrangelo – Backes and Bouwmeester (2) at 12:58 in the 3rd

Goaltending Stats

NSH: Carter Hutton(L) – 21 saves on 26 shots; played 47:18

Magnus Hellberg – 3 saves on 4 shots; played 12:12

STL: Jaroslav Halak (W) –  22 saves on 23 shots; played 60:00

My Three Stars

1. Alexander Steen: 2 Goals

2. Jaden Schwartz: Goal, Assist

3. Jay Bouwmeester: 2 assists; +3

Line Up Report

Predators scratches: Clune and Stalberg

Predators starters: Hendricks, Gaustad, Nystrom, Klein, Ekholm and Hutton

Blues scratches:Cole, Lapierre and Cracknell

Blues starters: Steen, Backes, Oshie, Leopold, Polak and Halak

Game Summary

Roster Report

Event Summary

Time on Ice – NSH

Time on Ice – STL

Faceoffs Report