PREDATORS (13-6-2) at BLUES (16-5-1)
8 p.m. ET; FS-MW, FS-TN, TVA Sports, NHL.TV
The St. Louis Blues host the Nashville Predators at Scottrade Center on Friday for the first time since Nashville defeated St. Louis in six games in the Western Conference Second Round last season.
The Predators have won four in a row and eight of nine and are five points behind the Blues, who have won three in a row and 10 of 13, for first place in the Central Division.
Carter Hutton, who spent three seasons with the Predators from 2013-16, will start for the Blues. He's 4-0-0 with a 1.73 goals-against average and a .943 save percentage.
Players to watch
Predators left wing Filip Forsberg is on a six-game point streak (three goals, six assists) and has 18 points (nine goals, nine assists) in 16 games against St. Louis.
Blues center Brayden Schenn is on a career-high eight-game point streak (seven goals, 12 assists); he has two four-point games during the streak, something he had never accomplished in 447 NHL games prior.
They said it
"Right now, they're the tops in the West and one of the top teams in the National Hockey League, so it's a great challenge for us coming in here. It should be a good game." -- Predators coach Peter Laviolette
"I look at [Friday], it's going to be a really good test. They're 8-1 their last nine games. I think they're feeling really good after the trade that they've made [for center Kyle Turris]." -- Blues coach Mike Yeo
Predators projected lineup
Filip Forsberg -- Ryan Johansen -- Viktor Arvidsson
Kevin Fiala -- Kyle Turris -- Craig Smith
Pontus Aberg -- Nick Bonino -- Calle Jarnkrok
Miikka Salomaki -- Colton Sissons -- Austin Watson
Roman Josi -- Mattias Ekholm
Alexei Emelin -- P.K. Subban
Matt Irwin -- Anthony Bitetto
Scratched: Cody McLeod, Frederick Gaudreau
Injured: Ryan Ellis (knee), Scott Hartnell (lower body), Yannick Weber (lower body)
Blues projected lineup
Vladimir Sobotka -- Paul Stastny -- Alexander Steen
Jaden Schwartz -- Brayden Schenn -- Vladimir Tarasenko
Dmitrij Jaskin -- Oskar Sundqvist -- Magnus Paajarvi
Scottie Upshall -- Kyle Brodziak -- Chris Thorburn
Joel Edmundson -- Alex Pietrangelo
Jay Bouwmeester -- Colton Parayko
Vince Dunn -- Robert Bortuzzo
Scratched: Carl Gunnarsson, Nate Prosser, Sammy Blais
Injured: Patrik Berglund (shoulder), Zach Sanford (shoulder)
Watson will return after serving a two-game suspension. ... Blais was recalled from San Antonio of the American Hockey League and could play. ... Allen will start against the Minnesota Wild on Saturday.
Since Oct. 25, Schwartz, Schenn and Tarasenko have combined for 54 points (18 goals, 36 assists) in 13 games. ... Arvidsson has five points (two goals, three assists) in his past four games. ... Fiala has six points (two goals, four assists) in his past five games. ... Turris has five points in six games since being acquired from the Ottawa Senators on Nov. 5. ... Schwartz has nine points (two goals, seven assists) during a five-game point streak. Tarasenko has 12 points (six goals, six assists) in his past eight games