Preview: Predators at Blues
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[December 29, 2015]
The Nashville Predators attempt to
build off a successful homestand when they begin a three-game road trip
Tuesday against the Central Division-rival St. Louis Blues. Filip
Forsberg was a key contributor to Nashville's 3-1-0 stretch at home,
recording four goals and an assist as he brings a five-game point streak
into the matchup with St. Louis.
The Predators are hoping James Neal has begun to heat up with
Monday's two-goal performance in a victory over the New York
Rangers, an effort that raised his team-leading total to 15. The
Blues hope the comforts of home will help them bounce back from
Sunday's shutout loss at Dallas. St. Louis has won each of its last
three contests at Scottrade Center thanks in part to Vladimir
Tarasenko, who has registered four goals and three assists during
his five-game point streak at home. One of the 24-year-old Russian's
tallies was the winner against Nashville on Dec. 17 - the Blues'
second triumph in two meetings with the Predators this season.
TV: 8 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network, Sportsnet Pacific, Sportsnet
ABOUT THE PREDATORS (18-12-6): Despite not landing on the
scoresheet, Mike Fisher provided a boost Monday by returning to the
lineup after missing 11 games with a lower-body injury. The
35-year-old finally appeared to have found his scoring touch prior
to getting hurt against Arizona on Dec. 1, scoring in three straight
contests after totaling two goals in his previous 20 games. Fisher's
return from injured reserve prompted Nashville to assign Colton
Sissons to Milwaukee of the American Hockey League after the
22-year-old center notched one goal and one assist in 19 contests.
ABOUT THE BLUES (22-12-4): St. Louis is close to getting a few
injured forwards back in the lineup as Kyle Brodziak skated Monday
with hopes of returning from a lower-body injury that has sidelined
him for five games. Patrik Berglund is a bit farther away from
making his season debut but has been cleared for contact after
undergoing offseason shoulder surgery. "It feels good, that's a
positive," Berglund, who also participated in Monday's practice,
told the team's website. "I'm still rehabbing, lifting in the gym to
get my strength up."
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1. Predators G Pekka Rinne posted the victory Monday and could have
the night off against the Blues as he is 0-5-2 over his last seven
2. St. Louis G Jake Allen has stopped 72-of-73 shots in two wins
over the Predators this season.
3. Nashville C Mike Ribeiro has collected a goal and seven assists
during his four-game point streak.
PREDICTION: Blues 4, Predators 2
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