GAME: Nashville Predators (33-26-8-2) at St. Louis Blues (32-26-9-2).
TIME: Thursday, 8 p.m. EST.
The St. Louis Blues look to resume their playoff push as they host the
The Blues have won three straight to pull into a tie with Los Angeles for
the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. St. Louis trails
Nashville by a point for the seventh spot.
Pavol Demitra scored his 21st goal 1:01 into overtime to give the Blues a
3-2 win over the New York Islanders on Tuesday.
"We wanted to get to overtime and win the game," said Blues coach Mike
Kitchen. "We needed that (extra point)."
The victory extended the Blues' unbeaten streak to four games. St. Louis has
six points in its last three games against Eastern Conference opponents and 24
points overall against the East, which is more than any other team in the West.
The Blues have mastered the art of picking up the extra point in overtime,
leading the league with 10 overtime wins. St. Louis is 10-9-2 overall in
"We try to go out and win the game (in overtime)," Kitchen said. "We
don't play for the tie. You already have one point, so why not try for two?
Those extra 10 points we have are extremely valuable."
Keith Tkachuk and Alexander Khavanov scored power-play goals for St. Louis
and Chris Osgood made 22 saves.
The Blues and Predators have played four times this season with each coming
away with two wins.
Nashville added several players over the last week to make a run at the
playoffs. The Predators added scoring in forward Steve Sullivan, a second-line
center in Sergei Zholtok and two quality defensemen - Brad Bombardir and Steve
Hnidy before the trading deadline.
The Predators, who have never made the playoffs, have lost three of their
last four games.
Sullivan scored a power-play goal in the third period, but Bruins center Joe
Thornton countered with 1:52 remaining to lift Boston to a 3-2 win over
STANDINGS (through March 9): Predators - 76 points, 2nd place, 14 PB,
Central Division. Blues - 75 points, 3rd place, 15 PB, Central Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Predators - Sullivan, 23 goals, 39 assists and 62 points;
Jordin Tootoo, 127 PIM. Blues - Keith Tkachuk, 28 goals and 62 points; Doug
Weight, 44 assists; Mike Danton, 141 PIM.
SPECIAL TEAMS (through March 9): Predators - Power play: 17.7 percent (61
for 260), 8th in NHL. Penalty killing: 82.1 percent (257 for 313), 24th. Blues
- Power play: 17.4 percent (52 for 299), 9th. Penalty killing: 84.4 percent
(282 for 334), 13th (tied).
GOALTENDERS: Predators - Tomas Vokoun (30-24-7, 3 SO, 2.56 GAA); Chris Mason
(3-4-1, 1, 2.28). Blues - Chris Osgood (24-22-7, 2, 2.29); Reinhard Divis
(4-3-1, 0, 3.09).
SEASON SERIES: Even, 2-2.
LAST MEETING: Jan. 10; Predators, 3-1. At Nashville, Tootoo had a fight, a
goal and an assist to lead the Predators during his first career multipoint
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Predators - 12-18-2-1 on the road; Blues - 19-9-6-0 at