(8-3-2) Nashville Predators vs. St. Louis Blues (9-3-1)
7 P.M. | Scottrade Center
TV: FS-TN | Radio: 102.5 The Game
After 11 days away from home, the Nashville Predators are finally ready to close out their six-game road trip with a visit to St. Louis to face the Blues on Saturday night. It'll be the first of five meetings against the Blues scheduled in 2014-15, including two that will take place over the next six days.
Tonight looks to be perhaps the toughest challenge that the Preds have faced while on the current CMA trip. St. Louis has defeated Nashville on six-straight occasions, including all five matchups last season. The Blues are on a seven-game win-streak of their own, with six of those seven victories coming by just a single goal.
Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko leads the club in points with 16 (9g-7a), including two highlight-reel goals in his last two games. The 22-year-old Russian is on a four-game point-streak and has put forth five multi-point efforts through 13 games this season.
Equally impressive is Predators forward Filip Forsberg, who is also making a habit of showing up on the scoresheet. The rookie is riding a four-game point-streak, as well as a three-game goal-streak and leads all NHL rookies in points, assists (8) and plus/minus (+13). Forsberg also has the team lead in points with 13 and is playing at a point-per-game pace.
Nashville forward Derek Roy, who recorded his first multi-point game as a member of the Predators during Thursday's win over Dallas, skated in 75 contests during the 2013-14 campaign for St. Louis, posting 37 points (9g-28a). In seven career games against the Blues, Roy has four points (2g-2a), while Preds forward Mike Ribeiro has tallied 24 points in 27 contests versus St. Louis.
The Preds maintain a 42-35-(4)-9 record all-time against the Blues. A win tonight in St. Louis would match their highest win tally on the CMA road trip since its inception in 2006-07 when the club went 4-1-0 during the trip.
The Predators are not skating this morning, while St. Louis held an optional session. Therefore, no line combinations to come prior to this evening's contest.
Pekka Chats with Willy:
Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne sat down with radio play-by-play man Willy Daunic last night on 102.5 The Game's Sports Night
program to talk all things Preds, including tonight's matchup with the Blues. Click to listen here