The second half of a home-and-home set takes place tonight in Nashville as the Predators look for another win against the St. Louis Blues. However, the Preds will have to do so without one of their top players.
Forward Viktor Arvidsson will miss the next 4-6 weeks due to a lower-body injury suffered during the first period of Saturday's game in St. Louis. As a result of the infraction, Blues defenseman Robert Bortuzzo has been suspended four games, including tonight's meeting in Nashville.
It's the second of four meetings between the division rivals this season; the Preds and Blues will play another home-and-home set in February.
Saturday night brought about the first Nashville victory since Nov. 4, as the Predators snapped a six-game winless skid with a 4-2 victory over the Blues. It was a much-needed result for the Preds, and beating the top team in the Western Conference was certainly reason to celebrate, if only for a moment.
Now, the Preds would like to start a winning streak of their own with a formidable challenge ahead of them this evening.
"We were just trying to get that one, and we got it," Preds forward Austin Watson said following Saturday night's win. "When you're in it rough like we were, the first [win is] hard to get. It feels like it just eludes you no matter what you do. So, credit to everybody in here, right down to the staff, to the players, everybody stayed with each other, and we were able to find a way to get a big win tonight. But it's not even close to over with. We have to bring it. We have to be ready to bring that same effort every time we step on the ice, especially coming up again Monday."
Preds defenseman Matt Irwin re-entered the lineup on Saturday night after Steven Santini was reassigned to Milwaukee. Forward Kyle Turris and defenseman Yannick Weber were scratched for the Predators in St. Louis, but Nashville will need to make an adjustment to their lineup tonight with Arvidsson out for the foreseeable future.
Update: The Predatorsrecalled forward Daniel Carr from Milwaukee on Monday morning. Carr took part in the morning skate and was alongside Matt Duchene and Mikael Granlund during line rushes.
Video: Watson tallies two points as Saros stops 24 in win
Last Time Out:
Filip Forsberg, Mattias Ekholm, Colton Sissons and Calle Jarnkrok all tallied on Saturday night, and Juuse Saros made 24 saves. Forward Mathieu Olivier recorded his first-career point in his third NHL game, an assist on Sissons's goal.
Preds Captain Roman Josi continues to the lead the club in scoring with 22 points, followed by Ryan Ellis with 18 and Matt Duchene with 17. Forsberg has 10 goals on the season, Nick Bonino has nine and Calle Jarnkrok has eight tallies.
Video: Josi, Duchene discuss rematch with St. Louis
Klim Kostin and Jaden Schwartz scored for the Blues on Saturday night as the Preds handed St. Louis just their fifth regulation loss of the season. David Perron's 22 points lead the team, followed by Schenn with 21 and Ryan O'Reilly with 20. Schenn has 11 goals on the season; Perron has 10. Jordan Binnington took the loss in net on Saturday and owns an 11-4-4 record.
The Predators are 55-44-(4)-12 all-time against the Blues, including a 30-17-(3)-7 record at Bridgestone Arena. Nashville has won eight of its last 13 games against St. Louis - including six of its last 10 - and has scored at least four goals in six of those wins.
The Preds have earned a point in seven straight home games versus the Blues (6-0-1), including six straight victories at Bridgestone Arena from Feb. 27, 2016-Nov. 21, 2018.
Video: Coach Laviolette on opportunity for Carr
Notables Versus St. Louis:
Filip Forsberg has 25 points (13g-12a) in 26 career games against the Blues, including points in nine of his last 12 contests against them.
Roman Josi has 22 points (5g-17a) in 37 career meetings with the Blues, and Ryan Johansen has points in three of his last five games versus St. Louis, recording a goal and three assists.
When You Go:
Bridgestone Arena doors open at 5:30 p.m. CT ahead of tonight's 7 p.m. puck drop. Help the Nashville Predators Foundation and Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee fight hunger by bringing the following items to tonight's game: peanut butter, canned chicken, canned tuna, canned vegetables, canned fruit, pasta and cereal.
Watch and Listen:
Coverage for tonight's contest begins with Smashville Live on Fox Sports Tennessee at 6:30 p.m. with Lyndsay Rowley and Terry Crisp. Willy Daunic, Chris Mason and Kara Hammer have the call on the television side, while Pete Weber and Hal Gill will broadcast on 102.5 The Game and the Predators Radio Network. Pregame coverage on the radio side begins at 6 p.m. CT with Darren McFarland. For broadcast information and channel locations throughout the country, click here.
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