Know the Enemy: Predators vs Blues Preview

 

The Nashville Predators (29-28-10) return home Saturday night to square off against division rival St. Louis Blues (45-14-7) for their fifth and final time of the regular season.

The Blues come to town with the best record in the NHL.  Since the Olympic break they boast a record of 6-2-1(also an NHL best). With the recent acquisitions of Ryan Miller and Steve Ott, they appear to be the Stanley Cup favorite. 

After a debilitating 1-4 home stand to kick off post-Olympic play, the Predators have won three straight (all on the road).  A win tonight is a tall order but, if somehow they pull it off, they could very well find themselves right back in the playoff picture.

 

TV/RADIO COVERAGE

Nashville: 102.5 The Game, FS-TN

St. Louis: FS-MW

Live Stream:  http://livetv.sx/en/eventinfo/212604_saint_louis_nashville/

Twitter Links: https://twitter.com/Fang_Faction/lists/predators-vs-blues

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Last 10 Games

Nashville: 4-5-1

St. Louis: 7-2-1

LINE UP NEWS

Starting Goaltenders:

Name

W

L

OT

GAA

SV%

Pekka Rinne

6

7

1

2.27

.920

Ryan Miller

20

22

4

  2.60

.924

Nashville Injuries: none

St. Louis Injuries: F Patrick Berglund (day to day; leg), D Barret Jackman (day to day; upper body)

Projected Nashville Scratches: D Victor Bartley, F Patrick Eaves

Projected St. Louis Scratches: D Carlo Colaiacovo, D Jordan Leopold, F Chris Porter

PROJECTED LINES

Schwartz – Steen – Backes

Tarasenko – Sobotka – Oshie

Berglund – Roy – Ott

Morrow – Lapierre – Reaves

Pietrangelo – Bouwmeester

Shattenkirk – Jackman

Cole – Polak

Miller

Elliot


PLAYERS TO WATCH

 1. F T.J. Oshie.  The Olympic poster-boy is having another great year.  He leads the team in points at 53 and plays a gritty 2 way game.

2.  G Ryan Miller.  He has been a Predator Killer.  In his last 5 games he is 4-0-1.  Getting pressure on him is key to a Predators win.

3.  F Alexander Steen.  For the past couple of games Steen has moved to center and Backes has moved to Right wing.  So far, the experiment has worked.  Steen has emerged as the top offensive talent on the team and looks to be a superstar in the making. 

 

 

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

Know the Enemy: Predators vs Blues Preview

The Nashville Predators (25-23-8) will hit the road on Saturday in hopes of taking down division rival St. Louis Blues (36-12-5) in their third meeting of the regular season.

The Predators are coming off a come from behind victory Friday night in Nashville defeating the New Jersey Devils 3-2 in overtime. 

As of late the Blues have struggled to gain momentum.  In four of their past ten games they’ve only been able to muster a single goal.  Containing the Blues dangerous scoring forwards in their offensive zone is critical for a Predators win. 

TV/RADIO COVERAGE

Nashville: 102.5 The Game, FS-TN

St. Louis: FS-MW

Live Stream: http://livetv.sx/en/eventinfo/212424_nashville_saint_louis/

Twitter Links: https://twitter.com/Fang_Faction/lists/predators-vs-blues

Listen Online

Last 10 Games

Nashville: 6-3-1

St. Louis: 5-5-0

LINE UP NEWS

Starting Goaltenders:

Name

W

L

OT

GAA

SV%

Brian Elliott

13

4

2

2.06

.917

Devan Dubnyk

11

18

3

3.43

.891

Nashville Injuries: G Pekka Rinne (IR,; hip), F Matt Cullen (day to day; upper body), F Viktor Stalberg (IR; upper body)

St. Louis Injuries: F Vladimir Sobotka (day to day; lower body)

Projected Nashville Scratches: D Victor Bartley, F Matt Cullen

Projected St. Louis Scratches: D Carlo Colaiacovo, D Ian Cole, F Ryan Reaves

PROJECTED OPPONENT LINES

Schwartz  – Backes – Steen

Paajarvi – Berglund – Oshie

Roy – Sobotka – Tarasenko

Morrow – Lapierre –Stewart

Pietrangelo – Bouwmeester

Shattenkirk – Jackman

Cole – Polak

Elliott

Halak

PLAYERS TO WATCH

1. G Brian Elliott:  With Halak making the last five starts there is a good chance we will see Elliott in net.  He has arguably been one of the best goaltenders in the league thus far, amassing a 2.06 GAA and 9.17 SV% in 19 starts this season.  Although Halak is considered to be the starter, Elliott could very well be the guy for most teams in the league. 

2. F Alexander Steen:  All that can be said is he is having a career year.  In 42 Games, the Swedish Olympian has a team leading 45 points (27 goals, and 18 assists)

3. F Jaden Schwartz: Schwartz is not a household name….. yet.  The young forward has elevated himself to the top line alongside Backes and Steen.  Although his stats are middle of the road, he is an eye popping +20.  Needless to say, good things happen when he’s on the ice.

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

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