BLUES VS. PREDATORS
When: Saturday, Nov. 23 at 7 p.m.
Watch: FOX Sports Midwest, FOX Sports App
Listen: 101 ESPN, NHL App
Tickets: Enterprise Center Box Office or online at ticketmaster.com
The St. Louis Blues (14-4-5) meet the Central Division rival Nashville Predators (9-9-3) for the first time in the 2019-20 season on Saturday night at Enterprise Center. The teams will meet again on Monday at Bridgestone Arena.
Despite injuries to three of the team's top nine forwards (Vladimir Tarasenko, Alexander Steen and Sammy Blais), the Blues keep on finding ways to win, most recently turning in a dominant performance Thursday (5-0 W vs. Calgary) thanks in part to a new line combination. Zach Sanford - Robert Thomas - Oskar Sundqvist combined for nine points. Jordan Binnington also recorded his first shutout of the season, turning aside 40 shots.
While the Blues have shown practically no signs of a championship hangover and have surged, the Nashville Predators have struggled mightily as of late. Nashville is 0-5-1 in the last six games and 1-6-2 in the last nine.
Pekka Rinne was pulled Thursday after surrendering five power-play goals on 17 shots in a 6-3 loss to the Vancouver Canucks. Rinne has been pulled in three of his last four starts.
"Things aren't bouncing our way right now, but at the same time, we're not making it easy on ourselves either," said Predators center Matt Duchene. "Whenever things are tough sledding like right now, you've got to do whatever you can to give yourself a chance."
The Blues were 4-1-0 against the Predators last season and have won three straight against Nashville at Enterprise Center.
Video: Vitale, Pang preview Blues / Predators matchup
HOT VS. NASHVILLE
- Ryan O'Reilly has seven points in his last six games (two goals, five assists).
- Robert Thomas has six points in five career games (one goal, five assists).
- Jordan Binnington is 2-0-0 with a 1.00 goals-against average, a .960 save-percentage and one shutout in two starts against the Predators.
The Blues are 4-0-0 against teams from the Central Division this season... Thursday marked the one-year anniversary of Craig Berube being named head coach. Since, the Blues are 52-23-11 (115 points), which shares the fourth most wins in the NHL (1. Tampa Bay, 58) and the third most points (1. Tampa Bay, 121)... Binnington is 9-2-1 with a 1.81 goals-against average and a .936 save-percentage in his last 12 starts.
Video: Blues, Predators meet for Central Division matchup