NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Sunday, December 17th (All times eastern)
Nashville Predators (21-8-3) at St. Louis Blues (7-19-5), 6 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The St. Louis Blues will try to stop a 10-game losing streak against a team they've had little success against in recent years, the Nashville Predators, when the two Central Division foes conclude a home-and- home set tonight at the Scottrade Center.
The hapless Blues faltered again in Saturday's opener of this two-game series, as Paul Kariya recorded the only goal during the shootout phase to lift Nashville to a 3-2 victory at Gaylord Entertainment Center.
Kariya also scored in regulation along with Scott Nichol and Chris Mason made 33 saves for the Predators, who rallied from an early 2-0 deficit to record their third straight win.
Keith Tkachuk had a goal and an assist and Doug Weight also scored for the Blues. Goaltender Manny Legace stopped 22 shots in his first game back from a head injury suffered against Detroit on December 5.
St. Louis remains winless (0-2-1) in the three games since Andy Murray took over head coaching duties for Mike Kitchen and now hasn't beaten Nashville in 10 consecutive tries. The Predators won all eight meetings between the clubs last season and earned a 5-4 decision at the Scottrade Center on November 30.
The Blues last defeated Nashville on April 3, 2004, a 4-1 decision in the Music City. The Predators also carry a six-game unbeaten streak (five wins, one tie) in St. Louis into tonight's tilt.
Nashville is an impressive 12-7-0 on the road this season, although the Preds have dropped three of their last four away from home. St. Louis is just 4-10-2 on home ice and hasn't won at the Scottrade Center since defeating Edmonton on November 12.
The Blues have lost six in a row at home since the Edmonton win.
12/17 10:14:08 ET