WHO: Nashville Predators (49-23-8) vs. St. Louis Blues (34-33-13)
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PROMOTION: All fans receive a Predators T-shirt courtesy of First Tennessee and Sommet Group
WHEN: 7:00 p.m. CT
WHERE: Nashville Arena, Nashville, TN
TONIGHT THE PREDS WEAR: Gold
TONIGHT'S ANTHEM PERFORMER: Chris Young
TELEVISION: FSN South (Comcast cable Ch. 28 in Davidson and Williamson counties, DISH Network Ch. 447, DirecTV Ch. 664)
RADIO: WGFX 104.5-FM
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Game Notes: Game by Game
The rivalry between the Nashville Predators and St. Louis Blues continues tonight when the two Central Division clubs close out the 2006-07 season series vs. one another at Nashville Arena. While Nashville has won six of seven matches this season vs. the Blues, the games have been close and extremely hard-fought; six of the seven have been decided by one goal, with three going to overtime and two of them reaching the shootout. The Predators have come out on top in 14 of the last 15 head-to-head meetings between these clubs, but nine of these games were decided by one goal and three others featured empty-net scores.
Tonight's game, which starts at 7:00 p.m. CT, will be broadcast on FSN South and WGFX 104.5-FM. Forward Scott Hartnell is expected to make his return to the lineup tonight after missing 18 games with a broken foot, and Tomas Vokoun will get the start in goal.
The Predators (106 points) trail the Detroit Red Wings (110) by four points in the Central Division standings. Nashville will close out the season in Denver vs. the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday. The Red Wings, who are in Chicago tonight, will wrap up their season on Saturday when they host the Blackhawks at Joe Louis Arena.
Paul Kariya had two assists on Tuesday to post his 21st multi-point game of the season. Kariya, who leads the Predators in scoring (23g-51a-74pts), has hit the 50-assist mark for the sixth time in his career and is now one assist shy of 500. Kariya has three goals and five assists in seven games vs. the Blues this season... J.P. Dumont has five points (1g-4a) in his last four games and is one goal shy of posting his fifth career 20-goal season... Dumont, Kariya and Ryan Suter are the only three Predators to skate in all 80 games this season... David Legwand posted an assist on Tuesday to become the fourth Predator this season to hit the 60-point mark along with Kariya, Dumont and Steve Sullivan... Dan Hamhuis scored a goal on Tuesday and has a point in each of his last two games (1g-1a-2pts)... Jerred Smithson, who leads Nashville forwards in shorthanded time on ice per game (3:23) and ranks second on the club in face-off winning percentage (231-181, 56.1%), won all eight of his draws vs. Chicago on Tuesday... Chris Mason has played all seven of Nashville's games vs. St. Louis this season, going 6-1-0 with a 2.08 goals-against average.
300 FOR THE CAPTAIN
Kimmo Timonen's goal on Tuesday vs. Chicago was the 300th point of his NHL career. The Nashville captain has 79 goals and 221 assists in 571 career games, all with Nashville. The Kuopio, Finland native, who has 15 points (4g-11a-15pts) in his last 18 games, leads club d-men in scoring and ranks among league leaders with 54 points (13g-41a) from the blue line.