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Blues, Predators begin weekend home-and-home set

by Chris Pinkert / Notes by Brett Barczewski

BLUES VS. PREDATORS

When: Saturday, Feb. 15 at 2 p.m. CT
Watch: FOX Sports Midwest, FOX Sports GO
Listen: 101 ESPN, NHL App
Tickets: Enterprise Center Box Office or ticketmaster.com

The St. Louis Blues and Nashville Predators will renew their division rivalry with a home-and-home back-to-back set this weekend.

The Central Division rivals haven't met since playing a home-and-home just before Thanksgiving.

The Blues are coming off a 6-5 overtime loss to the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday. Zach Sanford became the first Blues player to score four goals in a game since David Backes accomplished the feat in 2015, but the club still lost their third consecutive game (0-1-2).

Thursday was the Blues' first game without Bouwmeester, who is recovering in the hospital after having a cardiac episode earlier on the road trip.

"Obviously, it's tough. We all went through a lot," Ryan O'Reilly said after Thursday's overtime loss. "You could tell we missed (Bouwmeester). For myself, every game I've played here in the last year he's been here. It's weird not having him in the room."

Video: Blues begin home-and-home series with Preds

The Predators got a hat trick from Craig Smith in Thursday's 5-0 win against the New York Islanders at Bridgestone Arena. Goaltender Juuse Saros made 31 saves to record the shutout for Nashville, who recorded their first win in three games.

Nashville is 27-22-7 this season (61 points) and sat three points behind the Arizona Coyotes for the second Wild Card spot in the Western Conference as of Friday afternoon.

The Predators replaced coach Peter Laviolette in January with John Hynes, who is 8-7-0 in 15 games behind Nashville's bench.

HEAD-TO-HEAD The Blues are 0-1-1 against Nashville this season but are 4-1-1 in the last six meetings.

The Blues are 10-1-2 in their last 13 home games. The Predators are 7-3-1 in their last 11 games on the road.

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