The Nashville Predators will eat breakfast and hit the ice this weekend with a home-and-home set with the St. Louis Blues, and it begins this afternoon at the Enterprise Center (1 p.m. CT).
Today's game is the third of five meetings between the two divisional foes this season; the teams split another home-and-home set back around the Thanksgiving holiday.
The Preds faced a potential playoff opponent in the Dallas Stars twice during their last homestand, and now with a back-to-back weekend against the Blues, the stakes are high once again as both teams try to add points in the wild Western Conference.
"This will be a really tough test," Preds Captain Roman Josi said of facing the Blues. "They've been playing really well lately… and games against St. Louis are always tough. They're always physical, and last time we went in there, they really got the better of us to beat us pretty good. It's going to be a tough game, and we'll all be ready tomorrow."
Newly acquired forwards Brian Boyle and Cody McLeod both made their Preds debuts on Thursday night in a 3-2 overtime victory against Dallas, and Kyle Turris also made his return to the lineup after missing more than a month with a lower-body injury.
Video: Johansen scores OT winner for Preds against Stars
Last Time Out:
Ryan Johansen tallied the winner in overtime against the Stars on Thursday night to give the Preds their fifth win in their last six games. Viktor Arvidsson and Craig Smith also scored in regulation, while Juuse Saros collected the win in net.
Johansen continues to lead the Preds in points with 47, followed by defensemen Roman Josi and Mattias Ekholm with 42 and 38, respectively. Arvidsson's 22 goals pace the Preds; Filip Forsberg has 19 and Smith has 16.
The Blues have won four straight, including a 1-0 shutout victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning in overtime on Thursday. Ryan O'Reilly leads the club with 20 goals and 53 points, followed by Vladimir Tarasenko with 18 goals and 37 points, and then David Perron with 17 tallies and 35 points. Jordan Binnington is 8-1-1 in net for the Blues with a .931 save percentage.
Video: Rinne, Josi talk Katie Burt at practice
The Predators are 54-42-(4)-11 all-time against the Blues, including a 24-25-(1)-5 record at the Enterprise Center. Nashville has won seven of its last nine games against St. Louis - including five of its last six - and has scored at least four goals in five of those wins. On the road, the Preds have won three of their last four outings versus the Blues.
Notables Versus St. Louis:
Pekka Rinne has a 24-16-4 record in 45 games against St. Louis with a 1.99 goals-against average, .931 save percentage and four shutouts.
Filip Forsberg recorded a career-high four points (3g-1a) and tallied one of his six career hat tricks on Feb. 27, 2016 versus St. Louis. He has 22 points (11g-11a) in 22 career games against the Blues, including points in seven of his last nine contests against them. Roman Josi has 18 points (4g-14a) in 33 career meetings with the Blues.
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Watch & Listen:
Coverage for today's contest begins with Predators Live on Fox Sports Tennessee at 12:30 p.m. Willy Daunic, Chris Mason and Lyndsay Rowley 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. For broadcast information and channel locations throughout the country, click here.
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