NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Saturday, January 6th
(All times eastern)
St. Louis Blues (13-20-7) at Nashville Predators (27-11-3), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Central Division-leading Nashville Predators will
battle the last-place St. Louis Blues tonight, as the teams meet at Gaylord
The Predators were in action Friday evening in Chicago and posted an easy
victory. Scott Hartnell scored two goals and Paul Kariya had a four-point
night with a goal and three assists as Nashville crushed the Blackhawks, 8-3,
at the United Center.
Jason Arnott and David Legwand each had a goal and two assists while Chris
Mason finished with 35 saves for the Predators.
The Preds have won four of their last six games and are in first place in the
Central Division. Nashville has 57 points and leads the division by two points
over the Detroit Red Wings.
Tonight marks the opener of a three-game homestand for the Predators, who are
12-3-3 as the host this season.
Nashville hopes to have No. 1 goaltender Tomas Vokoun back in net tonight
after he missed the last 20 games with a thumb injury. He is listed as
questionable for tonight's contest. Chris Mason did an excellent job in
Vokoun's absence, going 12-6-1 with a .929 save percentage in 19 games.
The Blues recently played a two-game home set against Chicago and earned a
split in the series. The Blackhawks won Tuesday's game, 4-1, but St. Louis
rebounded with a shutout victory in Thursday's test.
Manny Legace stopped 28 shots Thursday for his second shutout of the season
and helped the Blues to the 2-0 win at Scottrade Center.
Lee Stempniak and Dennis Wideman each scored a goal for the Blues, who have
won three of their last four games. St. Louis is currently 24 points behind
the Predators in the Central standings.
The Blues, who are just 5-9-4 away from home this year, begin a three-game
road trip tonight.
Nashville has won 12 straight against the Blues and is 4-0 this year against
St. Louis. The Preds have also taken six straight and eight of their last nine
at home against the Blues.
01/06 11:52:58 ET