Blues Welcome Rinne And Rival Predators In Divisional Showdown

Feb 21, 2009; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues right wing David Backes (42) slides into Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35) during the third period at the Scottrade Center. The Predators defeated the Blues 1-0 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-US PRESSWIRE

The NHL points leading Blues face the Nashville Predators on Thursday night at Scottrade. No team in the Western Conference has had a better road record against St. Louis this year, as the Preds look to win their third consecutive road game against the Blues this year. In the previous two matchups St. Louis, who has the best home record in the NHL (29-4-4), has been outscored 6-3 and physically dominated by Nashville. The Predators are currently in 5th place in the Western Conference but lie only a point behind Detroit for the 4th seed.

The Blues are coming off a 4-0 blowout of the 8th place Phoenix Coyotes where they welcomed back Alexander Steen, who missed 36 games this season due to a concussion. Unfortunately, Steen took a skate (not blade) to the face, and may be out for tonights game against Nashville. The Predators are also coming off a statement victory, having destroyed the Blackhawks 6-1 in Chicago, and are 7-3-2 in their last 12 games.

 

In order to get a win tonight, the Blues have to get the puck past All-star Pekke Rinne, whose 4-0-1 against the Blues with a 1.33 goals against average. Rinne has been even hotter of late, having stopped 48 of 50 shots in their last two games against Winnipeg and Chicago. The Blues will need to continue their recent offensive prowess while still relying heavily on their defensive and stud goaltenders to try and turn around their play against the Predators.

Prediction: The Blues will buck the trend and defeat the Predators handily tonight, Blues 3- Predators 1

Here are some highlights from the last time the Blues took on the Preds

Topics: Alexander Steen, Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, Nashville Predators, Pekka Rinne, St. Louis Blues

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