(22-11-3) St. Louis Blues vs. Nashville Predators (23-9-3)
7 P.M. | Bridgestone Arena
TV: FS-TN | Radio: 102.5 The GameTickets
The Nashville Predators are set to host the St. Louis Blues tonight from Music City in what will be the final game of the 2014 calendar year for the Preds. Nashville is coming off of a 5-4 shootout loss to Chicago on Monday night, while the Blues defeated Colorado by a 3-0 score in St. Louis yesterday.
It'll be the fourth of five meetings between the two clubs this season, with the Predators winning the most recent outing, 4-3 in Nashville on Dec. 4. The teams split a pair of matchups earlier in the season in St. Louis.
The Predators haven't lost back-to-back games this year, standing a perfect 11-0-0 after a loss, either in regulation, overtime or a shootout. The Preds currently sit second in the Central Division with 49 points (The Blackhawks have 52 points with two more games played).
Nashville defenseman Shea Weber saw his five game assist streak come to an end on Monday, while forward Colin Wilson failed to score a goal for the first time in three games, but did tally two assists. Forward James Neal potted two of Nashville's four tallies, with Roman Josi and Craig Smith adding the other two markers.
Goaltender Pekka Rinne recorded his first assist of the season, while rookie Filip Forsberg also had an assist, continuing his point-per-game pace with 35 in 35. Forsberg's numbers continue to lead the Preds and all NHL rookies.
Blues goaltender Martin Brodeur, who made his St. Louis debut in that 4-3 loss to Nashville earlier in the month, posted a shutout for the Blues on Monday night. However, Blues netminder Brian Elliott is scheduled to return to the lineup soon, perhaps as early as tonight at Bridgestone Arena.
In 93 games between the Preds and Blues all-time, Nashville holds a 44-36-(4)-9 record. Mike Ribeiro has 28 points (10g-18a) in 30 games against St. Louis, including a three-point outing versus the Blues on Dec. 4. Forsberg has seven points (4g-3a) against St. Louis, his most against any opponent. Nashville is 13-2-1 at home this season and are 6-3-1 in their last 10 outings.
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Morning Skate:Nashville Update:
The Predators did not hold a morning skate today after arriving home from Chicago in the early morning hours. Head Coach Peter Laviolette stated that Pekka Rinne will start tonight in goal against the Blues.St. Louis Update:
St. Louis held an optional skate, with all three of their goaltenders, including Brian Elliott, participating. Elliott was removed from the injured reserve list earlier today and is expected to start in net tonight for the Blues.