NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, February 1st
(All times Eastern)
Nashville Predators (25-23-8) at St. Louis Blues (36-12-5), 8 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Nashville Predators will aim for their first three-
game winning streak since early December when they visit the St. Louis Blues
in Saturday's Central Division clash at Scottrade Center.
The Predators have won two straight and are 6-2-1 over their past nine
outings, but the club hasn't won three in a row since Dec. 10-14 when it
posted its second three-game win streak of the season.
However, Nashville, which enters Saturday five points out of a playoff spot in
the Western Conference, has not fared well against the Blues over the past
several encounters. St. Louis has won three straight and seven of eight in
this series overall and the Predators have dropped three of their last four at
The Blues also have outscored Nashville by a combined 10-3 margin in taking
the first two of five scheduled meetings in 2013-14.
After posting a 4-3 regulation win Tuesday in Winnipeg, Nashville recorded a
3-2 overtime victory Friday against the visiting New Jersey Devils.
The Predators trailed 2-1 heading into the third period on Friday, but David
Legwand scored with 10.8 seconds left in regulation to tie it and Shea Weber
scored his second goal of the game at 1:29 of overtime to deliver the victory
Weber shook off a back injury to score a pair of goals, marking his first two-
goal performance since scoring twice in a loss to Chicago on March 31, 2012.
He leads all NHL defensemen with 15 goals this season.
After David Legwand forced extra time by tallying with a little less than 11
seconds remaining in regulation, Weber -- a game-time decision coming into the
contest -- converted on a 2-on-2 rush with Colin Wilson to give the Predators
the two points.
Carter Hutton did his part as well by coming up with 24 saves, including a
game-saving stop on a breakaway from Michael Ryder mere moments before Weber
"This was a real good win for the team," said Weber. "We found a way and
battled hard. Tied it up and then we took our chance in overtime."
Nashville is kicking off a brief two-game swing tonight and will also visit
Minnesota on Thursday. The Preds are 11-12-4 as the visiting team this season.
The Blues, meanwhile, will play the first of four straight on home ice this
evening and they'll try to rebound after having a three-game winning streak
snapped in Friday's road tilt against the Carolina Hurricanes. St. Louis
boasts a 19-5-2 record at Scottrade Center this season.
Jeff Skinner recorded the deciding goal early in the second period and Anton
Khudobin stopped 27 shots to help the Hurricanes down St. Louis in Raleigh.
David Backes scored and Jaroslav Halak made 28 stops for the Blues, who closed
January with a 9-5-0 record.
"We looked like we wanted an easier game and we didn't get it," noted Blues
head coach Ken Hitchcock.
The Blues enter Saturday's action two points behind Chicago for first place in
the Central Division and four points ahead of third-place Colorado. The
Blackhawks play this evening in San Jose, while the Avalanche are hosting
Buffalo this afternoon.
02/01 11:47:56 ET