TIME: Monday, 8 p.m. EST.
The Blues, losers of two straight games, try to find a chink in Nashville's armor when the teams face off at Gaylord Entertainment Center.
The Predators have won five straight home games overall, and look to wrap up their current four-game homestand with a perfect record. Nashville routed the Calgary Flames 9-4 on Saturday, and also posted shutout victories over Vancouver and Phoenix during the homestand.
The Predators haven't lost to St. Louis on home ice since a 4-1 defeat on April 3, 2004.
Paul Kariya scored two power-play goals as eight different Nashville players scored in Saturday's victory.
"This was a surprise," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "But I tell our guys to expect the unexpected ... When you come to grips with how you have to beat a team, most of the time you are going to be very successful."
Saturday's output was the highest goal total for the Predators since a 9-4 victory at Pittsburgh on March 4, 2004.
Predators goalie Tomas Vokoun got his 34th win and can surpass the career-high he set during the 2003-04 season with a win Monday.
Nashville, which led 7-4 with one period remaining on Saturday, is 25-0-4 when leading after the first two periods.
The Los Angeles Kings dealt St. Louis its second straight loss on Saturday, defeating the Blues 3-1. St. Louis took a 1-0 lead over the final period, but Los Angeles dominated the last 20 minutes, scoring three times and outshooting the Blues 18-3.
"The third period got away from us because we ran out of gas," Blues coach Mike Kitchen said. "Or at least it looked like we ran out of gas."
St. Louis wraps up a three-game road swing in Monday's game. The Blues have dropped three of their last four contests away from the Savvis Center.
STANDINGS: Blues - 51 points, 4th place (tied), 48 PB, Central Division. Predators - 88 points, 2nd place, 11 PB, Central Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Blues - Scott Young and Dean McAmmond, 15 goals; Petr Cajanek, 29 assists; Scott Young, 43 points; Barret Jackman, 139 PIM. Predators - Steve Sullivan, 29 goals; Kariya, 43 assists and 67 points; Brendan Witt, 160 PIM.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Blues - Power play: 15.9 percent (66 for 416), 23rd in NHL. Penalty killing: 82.5 percent (315 for 382), 16th. Predators - Power play: 18.5 percent (77 for 416), 9th. Penalty killing: 84.9 percent (371 for 437), 6th.
GOALTENDERS: Blues - Curtis Sanford (13-13-5, 3 SO, 2.66 GAA); Patrick Lalime (4-13-6, 0, 3.65). Predators - Tomas Vokoun (34-14-7, 4, 2.52); Chris Mason (5-4-1, 0, 3.23).
SEASON SERIES: Predators, 4-0.
LAST MEETING: Jan. 4; Predators, 4-3. At St. Louis, Kariya's goal in the final minute of the second period proved the game-winner as the Predators stayed perfect against the Blues this season.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Blues - 9-19-6 on the road; Predators - 26-6-1 at home.
|Apr 11 '06||NSH 2 at STL 0||M. Sillinger|
|Apr 06 '06||NSH 3 at STL 0||K. Timonen|
|Apr 01 '06||STL 1 at NSH 2||M. Erat|
|Mar 20 '06||STL 2 at NSH 4||P. Kariya|
|Jan 04 '06||NSH 4 at STL 3||P. Kariya|
|Nov 12 '05||STL 1 at NSH 3||S. Hartnell|
|Oct 20 '05||STL 2 at NSH 3 - SO||S. Sullivan|
|Oct 15 '05||NSH 4 at STL 1||D. Legwand|