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Nashville Hosts St. Louis to Conclude Home-and-Home with Early Start

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

The Nashville Predators are looking for revenge today as they host the St. Louis Blues at Bridgestone Arena. The clubs will close out their home-and-home set with a special 11:30 a.m. (CT) start in a game that will be shown nationally on NBC.

A third-period push wasn't enough yesterday as the Predators fell to the Blues by a 3-2 final. St. Louis was the better team from the start, and the Preds say they'll need to see much more in today's outing.

"Not good," Preds Head Coach Peter Laviolette said following Saturday's loss. "They were faster. We didn't play the game fast enough, didn't have enough attitude in the game, and not enough guys on the rope either. It just wasn't good; wasn't a good day."

Despite the unfavorable result, the Preds are anxious for the opportunity to split the set, and they believe if they can match their opponent's speed and physicality from the start, they'll have a better outcome today.

"It's really awesome, to be honest," defenseman Mattias Ekholm said of the quick turnaround. "This one stings. It's a Central Division loss, so to be able to get the chance to get them back today is obviously something that we're looking forward to."

Video: NSH Recap: Ekholm, Johansen score in loss to Blues

Last Time Out:

Ekholm scored on the power play, and Ryan Johansen added one with 75 seconds to play, while Pekka Rinne took the loss in net on Saturday.

Johansen's 48 points continue to lead the club, followed by Roman Josi with 43 and Mattias Ekholm with 39. Viktor Arvidsson's 22 goals are tops among all Preds, followed by Filip Forsberg with 19.

The Opposition:

Vince Dunn, Vladimir Tarasenko and Mackenzie MacEachern all scored for the Blues on Saturday, while goaltender Jordan Binnington earned the win in net to give the Blues their fifth consecutive victory. Ryan O'Reilly leads the club with 20 goals and 53 points, followed by Tarasenko with 38 points and Brayden Schenn with 33.

All-Time Meetings:

The Predators are now 54-43-(4)-11 all-time against the Blues, including a 29-17-(3)-6 record at Bridgestone Arena. Nashville has won seven of its last 10 games against St. Louis - including five of its last seven - and has scored at least four goals in five of those wins.

The Preds are on a six-game win streak versus the Blues at Bridgestone Arena, outscoring St. Louis 26-8 with two shutouts. This is the fourth of five meetings between the Preds and Blues this season and concludes the second time the teams play each other in consecutive games (also: Nov. 21-23).

Notables Versus St. Louis:

Filip Forsberg recorded a career-high four points (3g-1a) and tallied one of his six career hat tricks on Feb. 27, 2016 against St. Louis. He has 23 points (11g-12a) in 23 career games against the Blues, including points in seven of his last nine contests against them.

Roman Josi has 19 points (4g-15a) in 34 career meetings with the Blues, and Juuse Saros recorded his first career NHL shutout on Dec. 30, 2016 at St. Louis.

When You Go:

Bridgestone Arena doors open at 10 a.m. CT ahead of today's 11:30 a.m. start. All fans in attendance will receive an LED rally towel presented by the Tennessee Department of Homeland Security.

Today marks Nashville's annual AMEND Together game. AMEND Together is a primary prevention initiative dedicated to ending violence against women and girls by engaging men and boys to change the culture that supports violence. The game will raise awareness of the crisis of domestic violence in our community.

Following today's game, Preds fans are invited to stick around to watch the National Women's Hockey League All-Star Game at 2:45 p.m., following an 11:30 a.m. faceoff between Nashville and St. Louis. It's the culmination of the 2019 NWHL All-Star Weekend in Nashville, which included the Skills Competition on Saturday night at Ford Ice Center.

Watch & Listen:

Today's game in Nashville comes with an 11:30 a.m. start and is being broadcast nationally on NBC. Fans may listen to the contest on 102.5 The Game and the Predators Radio Network with Pete Weber and Hal Gill on the call. For broadcast information and channel locations throughout the country, click here.

If the Predators are playing hockey, you can count on the game being on at Preds Approved Bars & Restaurants. Locations throughout Tennessee may be seen by clicking here.

Streaming Info:

Listen to a Live Radio Feed (on active during the game broadcast window).

Watch a Live Stream of the game with NBCSports.com or through NHL.TV.

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