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St. Louis seeks first win in five games, faces Nashville for second straight day

by Robby Stanley / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

BLUES (32-16-10) at PREDATORS (28-22-7)

6 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The Nashville Predators will try to sweep a back-to-back against the St. Louis Blues when they play at Bridgestone Arena on Sunday.

The Predators won 4-3 at the Blues on Saturday, their second straight victory. They have not won three in a row since they had four straight victories from Oct. 22-29. 

Nashville is three points behind the Arizona Coyotes for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference.

St. Louis has allowed at least three goals in 11 consecutive games and is 0-2-2 in its past four. The Blues are 0-2-1 against the Predators this season.

St. Louis leads the Dallas Stars by one point for first in the conference and Central Division.

 

Players to watch

Blues forward Zach Sanford has five goals in his past two games, including four goals in a 6-5 overtime loss at the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday.

Predators forward Mikael Granlund has six points (four goals, two assists) in his past six games, including the game-winning goal Saturday.

 

They said it

"We're not worried. We'll get back on track. We're a confident group in here, and we're going to find a way." -- Blues center Brayden Schenn

"It was a real big win for us. Obviously we're battling in the standings and trying to make up ground. To start the back-to-back off like this was real important, and it's going to be real important [Sunday] too." -- Predators forward Kyle Turris after a 4-3 win against the Blues on Saturday

 

Blues projected lineup

Jaden Schwartz -- Brayden Schenn -- Alexander Steen

Zach Sanford -- Ryan O'Reilly -- David Perron

Sammy Blais -- Tyler Bozak -- Robert Thomas 

Mackenzie MacEachern -- Ivan Barbashev -- Jordan Kyrou

Carl Gunnarsson -- Alex Pietrangelo

Justin Faulk -- Colton Parayko

Vince Dunn -- Robert Bortuzzo

Jordan Binnington

Jake Allen

Scratched: Troy Brouwer, Niko Mikkola, Jacob de la Rose

Injured: Vladimir Tarasenko (shoulder), Jay Bouwmeester (cardiac episode), Oskar Sundqvist (lower body)

 

Predators projected lineup

Mikael Granlund -- Ryan Johansen -- Viktor Arvidsson

Filip Forsberg -- Matt Duchene -- Kyle Turris

Rocco Grimaldi -- Nick Bonino -- Craig Smith

Calle Jarnkrok -- Colton Sissons -- Austin Watson

Roman Josi -- Yannick Weber

Jarred Tinordi -- Mattias Ekholm

Dan Hamhuis -- Dante Fabbro

Pekka Rinne

Juuse Saros

Scratched: Matt Irwin, Colin Blackwell

Injured: Ryan Ellis (upper body)

 

Status report

The Blues are 2-4-2 since Sundqvist has been out. The forward hasn't played since Jan. 27. … Rinne has played once in Nashville's past six games, allowing four goals on 17 shots in a 6-2 loss at the Vancouver Canucks on Monday.

 

Stat pack

Binnington is 2-1-0 with a 1.69 goals-against average and .946 save percentage in three career games against the Predators. … Rinne is 24-17-4 with a 2.02 goals-against average and .930 save percentage in 46 games against the Blues.

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