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Blues look for more road success in Game 3 against Predators

St. Louis visits Nashville seeking 13th win in past 15 games

by Louie Korac / Correspondent

ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues will look to continue their almost two-month run of success on the road when they play the Nashville Predators in Game 3 of the Western Conference Second Round at Bridgestone Arena on Sunday (3 p.m. ET; NBC, TVA Sports, SN).

With a split of Games 1 and 2 at Scottrade Center, the Blues lost home-ice advantage in this series to the Predators. But St. Louis is 12-1-1 in its past 14 road games dating to March 5 and has outscored the opposition 42-21. That includes three road wins against the Minnesota Wild in their five-game, first-round series.

"I think we're using everybody. We're keeping it simple," Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo said. "We're not letting the other team's environment get to us. We're kind of keeping it even-keeled throughout the game, the ups and downs. We did that last night (a 3-2, Game 2 win) and need to continue to do it."


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Road teams were 4-2 in the second round and 27-21 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs this season.

"It's been the trend," Blues left wing Scottie Upshall said. "We had some success through great goaltending and some timely goals in Minnesota. We're in a new challenge now going to Nashville. Teams on the road just go out and play simple hockey. This time of year, that's kind of the recipe that works. We're going to keep this thing going. We got a big win at home, which we needed."

Nashville was 24-9-8 at home during the regular season and finished its first-round sweep of the Chicago Blackhawks with two wins at Bridgestone Arena.

"Music City, they've got a loud building," Upshall said. "It's smaller, it feels like the fans are on top of you with the way the seats are. We have to do another great job of being a good road team. 

"As a group, we need a great start, taking their crowd out of it. We did a great job in Minnesota, their building was loud. This time of year, you've got to just really focus on having a great start and being relentless, not focusing on the end of the game but just taking things as they come. We've done a good job of that so far."

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The Blues have held their opponent to two goals or fewer 11 times in their past 14 road games, and are 21-1-0 when they score at least three goals since Mike Yeo became coach Feb. 1.

"Our belief system is that if we play our game for 60 minutes, at the end of the night, we should come on top," Yeo said. "We're going to need to keep [getting timely goals]. They become timely goals because all the games are so close. And that's not just our series. You look around the League right now, and obviously parity is a word that's been tossed around an awful lot because of upsets, because of the number of overtime games and close games."

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