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Suspended Bortuzzo won't be in lineup for St. Louis; Nashville to play first game without Arvidsson

by Robby Stanley / Independent Correspondent

BLUES (14-5-5) at PREDATORS (10-9-3)

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


The Game

The Nashville Predators will be without forward Viktor Arvidsson when they host the St. Louis Blues at Bridgestone Arena on Monday.

Arvidsson is out 4-6 weeks because of a lower-body injury he sustained during a 4-2 win against the Blues on Saturday. St. Louis defenseman Robert Bortuzzo will begin serving a four-game suspension he received for cross-checking.

Daniel Carr, who was recalled from Milwaukee of the American Hockey League on Monday, skated with forwards Matt Duchene and Mikael Granlund during morning skate while Calle Jarnkrok replaced Arvidsson on Nashville's top line with Ryan Johansen and Filip Forsberg

Nashville is 1-5-1 in its past seven games. St. Louis is 2-2-2 in its past six games. 


Players to watch

Blues forward Ryan O'Reilly has one assist in his past six games.

Predators defenseman Roman Josi has nine points (two goals, seven assists) in his past nine games.


They said it

"That's the whole reason why I wanted to come and try out was to try and make the team and play some games and try and help them win. I'm waiting patiently (for visa issues to be solved), but I'm a fairly impatient person. It's not a whole lot of fun waiting, checking your email to see how things are going. I guess I'm at the mercy of everybody else right now." -- Blues forward Troy Brouwer on the anticipation of making his season debut

"I think so. It can even be better, I think. I think there are still some times where pucks can still find their way in. We've just got to keep working." -- Predators forward Matt Duchene on if the team had some puck luck against the Blues on Saturday 


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 -- Troy Brouwer

Carl Gunnarsson -- Alex Pietrangelo

Jay Bouwmeester -- Colton Parayko

Vince Dunn -- Justin Faulk

Jake Allen

Jordan Binnington

Scratched: Nathan Walker, Derrick Pouliot

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

Suspended: Robert Bortuzzo


Predators projected lineup

Filip Forsberg -- Ryan Johansen -- Calle Jarnkrok

Daniel Carr -- 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: Viktor Arvidsson (lower body)


Status report

Brouwer's visa was approved and he was restored to the active roster. As a result, Klim Kostin was assigned to San Antonio of the American Hockey League. … Turris is expected to be a healthy scratch for the fourth consecutive game.


Stat pack

Forsberg has 25 points (13 goals, 12 assists) in 26 games against the Blues. … Pietrangelo needs one goal for 100 in the NHL.

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