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Blues will play Predators in Western Conference Second Round

St. Louis eliminated Wild in five games; Nashville swept Blackhawks to advance @NHLdotcom

The St. Louis Blues will play the Nashville Predators in the Western Conference Second Round after St. Louis eliminated the Minnesota Wild with a 4-3 overtime win Saturday.

The Blues will have home-ice advantage in the best-of-7 series as the third-place team from the Central Division. The Predators, also from the Central, entered the Stanley Cup Playoffs as the second wild card in the West.

The schedule has not been announced. St. Louis is trying to reach the Western Conference Final for a second straight season (it lost to the San Jose Sharks in six games last year). Nashville has never reached the conference final. The winner will play either the Anaheim Ducks or Edmonton Oilers.

Nashville completed a first-round sweep of the Chicago Blackhawks, the Central Division winner and No. 1 seed in the West, on Thursday. The Predators allowed three goals in the four games (two shutouts). Pekka Rinne made 123 saves for an 0.70 goals-against average and .976 save percentage, and the line of Ryan Johansen, Filip Forsberg and Viktor Arvidsson combined for 15 points (five goals, 10 assists).

St. Louis won its first-round series with Minnesota in five games. Jake Allen allowed eight goals on 182 shots and made 51 saves in a 2-1, Game 1 overtime win. Jaden Schwartz had five points (two goals, three assists), and Alexander Steen had four (two goals, two assists). Vladimir Tarasenko, who scored 39 goals in the regular season, scored his first of the series in Game 5.

The Predators won three of five games against the Blues this season, with one game played after Dec. 30 (a 4-1 win by St. Louis on April 2).

Rinne was 2-1-0 with a 2.37 goals-against average and .917 save percentage. Six players scored two goals each for Nashville.

Tarasenko and David Perron each scored two goals for the Blues. Allen was 2-2-0 with a 2.85 goals-against average and .912 save percentage against the Predators but was pulled in two of the games.

St. Louis and Nashville have never played each other in a playoff series.

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