The Predators begin a home-and-home set tonight against the defending Stanley Cup Champions, and it starts in St. Louis. Nashville faces the Blues this evening at the Enterprise Center in the first of four meetings between the division rivals in 2019-20 - each of the contests will come in two-game sets, with the other home-and-home set coming in February.
Tonight represents another chance for the Predators to break out of their current six-game skid that includes a 6-3 loss to Vancouver on Thursday night. The challenges don't get any easier for the Preds, but they're embracing this evening's test in St. Louis.
"It's a huge challenge," Preds Captain Roman Josi said of the matchup. "It's a great time to be playing a team like St Louis. They're the defending champs, and they've been playing really well this year. We're having a tough time right now, so it's a great test for us and it's a great time to get out of this."
The Predators practiced in Nashville on Friday afternoon and reassigned defenseman Steven Santini to the Milwaukee Admirals upon their arrival in St. Louis. Santini appeared in the last two games for the Preds, while defenseman Matt Irwin and Yannick Weber were scratched.
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Last Time Out:
Ryan Johansen, Calle Jarnkrok and Matt Duchene all tallied for the Preds in Thursday night's 6-3 loss to Vancouver. Pekka Rinne surrendered five goals through two periods until Juuse Saros took over to start the third.
Preds Captain Roman Josi continues to lead the club with 21 points, followed by Matt Duchene and Ryan Ellis with 17 points apiece. Filip Forsberg and Nick Bonino are tied for the team lead with nine goals each; Josi and Jarnkrok have seven goals apiece.
After a three-game skid of their own, the Blues have now won their last two, including a 5-0 victory over Calgary on Thursday night. David Perron leads the team with 21 points, followed by Brayden Schenn and Ryan O'Reilly with 20 points apiece. Schenn has 11 goals on the season, Perron has 10 and six goals have come off the sticks of both Alex Pietrangelo and Oskar Sundqvist. Jordan Binnington owns an 11-3-4 record in net with a .926 save percentage.
The Predators are 54-44-(4)-12 all-time against the Blues, including a 24-27-(1)-5 record at the Enterprise Center. Nashville has won seven of its last 12 games against St. Louis - including five of its last nine - and has scored at least four goals in five of those wins.
The Preds are seeking their first victory in St. Louis since Dec. 27, 2017. Nashville has earned a point in four of its last 10 games at the Enterprise Center (3-6-1).
Notables Versus St. Louis:
Filip Forsberg has 24 points (12g-12a) in 25 career games against the Blues, including points in eight of his last 11 contests against them.
Roman Josi has 21 points (5g-16a) in 36 career meetings with the Blues, and Ryan Johansen has points in three of his last four games versus St. Louis, recording a goal and three assists.
Watch & Listen:
Coverage for tonight's 7 p.m. (CT) puck drop at Enterprise Center begins with Predators Live on Fox Sports Tennessee at 6:30 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. 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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