After collecting wins in all three games of their last home stand, the Nashville Predators are back on the road, starting with a date tonight in St. Louis against the Blues. It's a Stanley Cup Playoff rematch, the first time the two teams have met since Nashville defeated St. Louis four games to two in their Round 2 series last spring.
St. Louis currently sits first in the Central Division - and second in the League - with 31 points and will certainly provide the Preds with a strong test tonight. Alongside to take in tonight's game are the fathers of Nashville players and coaches for the club's annual Fathers Trip.
"It's a great challenge next game against St. Louis, one of the best teams in the NHL," goaltender Pekka Rinne said following Nashville's shootout win over Montreal. "It's cool to get to play against a top team in the League, and that's a really good measuring stick for us."
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Last Time Out:
The Predators won their third straight contest with a 3-2 shootout victory over the Canadiens on Wednesday night at Bridgestone Arena. Filip Forsberg scored both regulation goals for Nashville in the win before Kyle Turris potted the lone marker in the shootout. Rinne turned aside 27 shots before stopping all three shooters to earn his 12th win of the season.
Forsberg leads the team in scoring with 11 goals and 23 points; plus, the Swede is riding a six-game point streak.
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Just like their opponents, the Blues have also won three straight, including an 8-3 trouncing of Edmonton on Tuesday night. St. Louis has the second-highest point total in the League and is first in the Western Conference, three points ahead of Nashville for the Central Division lead.
Jaden Schwartz and Brayden Schenn are tied for the team lead with 30 points apiece, followed by Vladimir Tarasenko with 26. Tarasenko has 12 goals on the season, with Schwartz (11) and Schenn (10) close behind. Jake Allen is 12-5-1 in net for St. Louis this season, while former Preds backup netminder Carter Hutton is 4-0-0.
The Predators are 49-41-4-11 all-time against the Blues, including a 22-24-1-5 record at the Scottrade Center. Nashville has won four of the last six games against St. Louis and has scored at least four goals in three of those wins. In the Second Round of last year's Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Predators defeated the Blues, 4-2, to advance to the Western Conference Final for the first time in franchise history.
Video: The Preds are in St. Louis to battle the Blues
Notables Versus St. Louis:
Forsberg recorded a career-high four points (3g-1a) and tallied one of his four career hat tricks on Feb. 27, 2016, versus St. Louis. He has 18 points (9g-9a) in 16 career games against the Blues. Craig Smith has six points (1g-5a) in his last six games against St. Louis and had a three-game point streak (3a) from Nov. 19-Dec. 30, 2016. Ryan Johansen is on a three-game point streak (2g-2a) versus the Blues and has 13 points (6g-7a) in 20 career games against Nashville's divisional opponent.
Watch & Listen:
Tonight's game from St. Louis comes with a 7 p.m. CT start time with Predators Live Pregame beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Fox Sports Tennessee. The game can also be heard on 102.5 The Game and the Predators Radio Network. Plus, follow @PredsNHL on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat for updates from Scottrade Center.
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