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St. Louis, going for sixth straight win, visits Nashville in second of home-and-home

by Louie Korac / NHL.com Correspondent

BLUES (26-22-5) at PREDATORS (33-20-4)

12:30 p.m. ET; NBC, TVAS

 

The Game

The St. Louis Blues will be looking for a season-high sixth straight win when they play the Nashville Predators in the second game of a home-and-home at Bridgestone Arena on Sunday.

The Blues won 3-2 on Saturday at Enterprise Center behind goalie Jordan Binnington, who won for the ninth time in 11 NHL starts (9-1-1).

The Blues, 9-2-1 in the past 12 games, could start goalie Jake Allen, who hasn't played since a 5-2 loss at the Boston Bruins on Jan. 17. Binnington has made the past seven starts.

The Predators, 5-2-0 in the past seven games, could start Juuse Saros after Pekka Rinne made 30 saves Saturday.

 

Players to watch

Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko has nine points (four goals, five assists) in a seven-game point streak, and 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) in the past 12 games.

Predators forward Filip Forsberg has 23 points (11 goals, 12 assists) in 23 games against St. Louis.

 

They said it

"We're just building as a team. The chemistry around the room is unbelievable. You can see it on the ice. The boys are just playing the right way. Every line is chipping in at the right time." -- Blues forward Pat Maroon

 

"We've got to get a lot better. The whole 60 minutes has to get better." -- Predators coach Peter Laviolette after the loss to the Blues Saturday

 

Blues projected lineup

Brayden Schenn -- Ryan O'Reilly -- Vladimir Tarasenko

Jaden Schwartz -- Tyler Bozak -- Alexander Steen

Zach Sanford -- Oskar Sundqvist -- Pat Maroon

Mackenzie MacEachern -- Ivan Barbashev -- Robert Thomas 

Joel Edmundson -- Alex Pietrangelo

Jay Bouwmeester -- Colton Parayko

Vince Dunn -- Robert Bortuzzo

Jake Allen

Jordan Binnington

Scratched: Robby Fabbri, Chris Butler

Injured: David Perron (upper body), Carl Gunnarsson (upper body)

 

Predators projected lineup

Filip Forsberg -- Ryan Johansen -- Viktor Arvidsson

Brian Boyle -- Kyle Turris -- Calle Jarnkrok

Kevin Fiala -- Frederick Gaudreau -- Craig Smith

Cody McLeod -- Colton Sissons -- Ryan Hartman

Roman Josi -- Ryan Ellis

Mattias Ekholm -- P.K. Subban

Dan Hamhuis -- Yannick Weber

Juuse Saros

Pekka Rinne

Scratched: Matt Irwin, Frederick Gaudreau, Rocco Grimaldi

Injured: Miikka Salomaki (upper body), Zac Rinaldo (shoulder)

Suspended: Austin Watson

 

Status report

Laviolette didn't confirm any lineup changes. ... Fabbri has been a healthy scratch the past seven games but could play Sunday.

 

Stat pack

Arvidsson has 12 points (10 goals, two assists) the past 13 games. … Forsberg has six points (one goal, five assists) the past five games. ... Schenn has seven points (one goal, six assists) in a five-game point streak. ... O'Reilly has 11 points (four goals, seven assists) the past 10 games, 21 points (seven goals, 14 assists) the past 19 games, and points in 15 of 19.

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