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Saros to start for Nashville; St. Louis is 9-1-2 in past 12 games

by Louie Korac / Independent Correspondent

PREDATORS (9-9-3) at BLUES (14-4-5)

8 p.m. ET; ESPN+, FS-MW, FS-TN, NHL.TV


The Game

The Nashville Predators will try to end a six-game winless streak when they begin a home-and-home with the St. Louis Blues at Enterprise Center on Saturday.

The Predators are 0-5-1 in the past six games and have been outscored 31-14; they've lost four straight games in regulation.

Goalie Juuse Saros will start for Nashville. Starter Pekka Rinne has been pulled in three of his past four starts.

The Blues, who shut out the Calgary Flames 5-0 on Thursday, wrap up a four-game homestand in search of their 10th win in the past 13 games; they're are 9-1-2 the past 12.

Blues forward Troy Brouwer was expected to make his St. Louis debut after he signed a one-year, $750,000 two-way contract on Wednesday but will be a healthy scratch for a second straight game because his visa/immigration paperwork still is not finalized.


Players to watch

Predators defenseman Roman Josi has eight points (two goals, six assists) in his past 8 games.

Blues forward Zach Sanford has five points (one goal, four assists) in his past three games.


They said it

"It's been something different every game. The target seems to be moving a little bit. When it happens, we address it and try to get better with what we're doing. There's some good things that we're doing and there are some things where we're shooting ourselves in the foot." -- Predators coach Peter Laviolette 

"They're a high-scoring team 5-on-5, third in the league in goals-for. They're a good 5-on-5 team. They probably are looking at their goals-against aren't great. ... They're a good team. We all know that. They're just going through something right now." -- Blues coach Craig Berube on the Predators


Predators projected lineup

Filip Forsberg -- Ryan Johansen -- Viktor Arvidsson

Calle Jarnkrok -- Matt Duchene -- Mikael Granlund

Rocco Grimaldi -- Nick Bonino -- Craig Smith

Austin Watson -- Colton Sissons -- Mathieu Olivier

Roman Josi -- Ryan Ellis

Mattias Ekholm -- Dante Fabbro

Dan Hamhuis -- Matt Irwin

Juuse Saros

Pekka Rinne

Scratched: Kyle Turris, Yannick Weber

Injured: None


Blues projected lineup

Jaden Schwartz -- Brayden Schenn -- Tyler Bozak

Ivan Barbashev -- Ryan O'Reilly -- David Perron

Zach Sanford -- Robert Thomas -- Oskar Sundqvist

Mackenzie MacEachern -- Jacob de la Rose -- Klim Kostin

Colton Parayko -- Alex Pietrangelo

Jay Bouwmeester -- Justin Faulk

Vince Dunn -- Robert Bortuzzo

Jordan Binnington

Jake Allen

Scratched: Carl Gunnarsson, Troy Brouwer

Injured: Vladimir Tarasenko (shoulder), Alexander Steen (ankle), Sammy Blais (wrist)


Status report

The Predators returned defenseman Steven Santini to Milwaukee of the American Hockey League on Friday and are expected to reinsert Irwin, a healthy scratch six of the past seven games, into the lineup. ... With Brouwer out, Kostin will play a fourth straight game. 


Stat pack

Ellis will play in his 500th NHL game, Arvidsson will play in his 300th. ... Binnington is 2-0-0 with a 1.00 goals-against average, .960 save percentage and one shutout in two games against the Predators.

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