|5||ST LOUIS||-105||Ov 5,-120||-115||Ov 5,-115|
|6||NASHVILLE||-115||Un 5,+100||-105||Un 5,-105|
|Last 5 Games||1-0-0||+1||1-0||+1||1-0||6.0||36.0||0.0||14.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||1||6||2||2||2||0||0||36||16.7%||5||4||80.0%||11|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||1||6||2||2||2||0||0||36||16.7%||5||4||80.0%||11|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||1||6||2||2||2||0||0||36||16.7%||5||4||80.0%||11|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||0||0||0||0||0||0||14||0.0%||4||0||0.0%||0|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||0||0||0||0||0||0||14||0.0%||4||0||0.0%||0|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||0||0||0||0||0||0||14||0.0%||4||0||0.0%||0|
|BRIAN ELLIOTT (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|BRIAN ELLIOTT (Road Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|BRIAN ELLIOTT (vs. Division)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JAROSLAV HALAK (All Games)||1||1||14||14||100.0%||1||1-0||+1||1-0-0||+1||1-0|
|JAROSLAV HALAK (Road Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JAROSLAV HALAK (vs. Division)||1||1||14||14||100.0%||1||1-0||+1||1-0-0||+1||1-0|
|JAROSLAV HALAK (Last 4 Games)||1||1||14||14||100.0%||1||1-0||+1||1-0-0||+1||1-0|
|MIKE MCKENNA (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|MIKE MCKENNA (Road Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|MIKE MCKENNA (vs. Division)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||0-1-0||-1.7||0-1||-1.7||0-1||2.0||34.0||3.0||28.0|
|Last 5 Games||0-1-0||-1.7||0-1||-1.7||0-1||2.0||34.0||3.0||28.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||1||2||2||0||0||0||0||34||5.9%||1||1||100.0%||4|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||1||2||2||0||0||0||0||34||5.9%||1||1||100.0%||4|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||1||2||2||0||0||0||0||34||5.9%||1||1||100.0%||4|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||1||2||2||0||0||0||0||34||5.9%||1||1||100.0%||4|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||3||1||1||0||1||1||28||10.7%||2||1||50.0%||4|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||3||1||1||0||1||1||28||10.7%||2||1||50.0%||4|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||3||1||1||0||1||1||28||10.7%||2||1||50.0%||4|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||3||1||1||0||1||1||28||10.7%||2||1||50.0%||4|
|CHRIS MASON (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|CHRIS MASON (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|CHRIS MASON (vs. Division)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|PEKKA RINNE (All Games)||1||1||28||26||92.9%||0||0-1||-1.7||0-1-0||-2||0-1|
|PEKKA RINNE (Home Games)||1||1||28||26||92.9%||0||0-1||-1.7||0-1-0||-2||0-1|
|PEKKA RINNE (vs. Division)||1||1||28||26||92.9%||0||0-1||-1.7||0-1-0||-2||0-1|
|PEKKA RINNE (Last 4 Games)||1||1||28||26||92.9%||0||0-1||-1.7||0-1-0||-2||0-1|
|Average power rating of opponents played: ST LOUIS 2.6, NASHVILLE 3.57|
|1/19/2013||DETROIT||6-0||W||0, -140||W||5 ov||O|
|1/21/2013||at NASHVILLE|| |
|1/22/2013||at CHICAGO|| |
|1/26/2013||at DALLAS|| |
|1/31/2013||at COLUMBUS|| |
|2/1/2013||at DETROIT|| |
|1/19/2013||COLUMBUS||2-3||L||0, -170||L||5.5 un||U|
|1/21/2013||ST LOUIS|| |
|1/22/2013||at MINNESOTA|| |
|1/24/2013||at ST LOUIS|| |
|1/26/2013||at ANAHEIM|| |
|1/28/2013||at PHOENIX|| |
|1/31/2013||at LOS ANGELES|| |
|ST LOUIS: |
LAST SEASON: 49-22-11, 109 points, Central Division championship. Lost to Los Angeles 4-0 in second round.
COACH: Ken Hitchcock, 1st full season with Blues, 43-15-11; 16th overall, 576-365-169 in NHL.
ADDED: RW Vladimir Tarasenko, LW Jaden Schwartz, D Jeff Woywitka, D Colin White.
LOST: RW B.J. Crombeen, D Kent Huskins (unsigned unrestricted free agent).
PLAYER TO WATCH: Shifty, inventive LW David Perron has potential to lift a grinding offense that ranked in the bottom third of the NHL after scoring 42 points in 57 last season after recovering from concussion that sidelined him a full season.
OUTLOOK: The Blues stood pat after second-best point total in franchise history, banking on continued development of youthful roster, and figure to be among top teams in Western Conference. Hitchcock was NHL coach of year, elevating play across the board of roster that was 7-7 before he replaced Davis Payne.
LAST SEASON: 48-26-8, 104 points. Lost to Phoenix 4-1 in Western semifinals.
COACH: Barry Trotz, 14th season, all with Predators, 503-424-60.
ADDED: D Scott Hannan, G Chris Mason. Re-signed forwards Mike Fisher, Sergei Kostitsyn, Colin Wilson and Paul Gaustad to multi-year deals along with D Hal Gill and Kevin Klein.
LOST: D Ryan Suter, F Jordin Tootoo, D Francis Bouillon, F Alex Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn.
PLAYER TO WATCH: D Roman Josi. The Predators will start pairing the 22-year-old defenseman with captain Shea Weber trying to replace Suter, who averaged a team-high 26 minutes and 30 seconds of ice time per game last season. Josi averaged 18:23 with the Predators going 34-15-3 with him in the lineup last season and 14-11-5 without him.
OUTLOOK: With Weber and goalie Pekka Rinne now signed through the next six years, the Predators believe that core and youth has them primed to build on consecutive trips to the Western Conference semifinals and get them to the Stanley Cup.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (ST LOUIS-NASHVILLE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Blues-Predators Preview* =========================
St. Louis (1-0-0) at Nashville (0-0-1), 6:00 p.m. EDT
Perhaps no team turned in as dominant an opener as the St. Louis Blues did. The Nashville Predators certainly did not measure up to that standard.
These Central Division rivals made far different first impressions as they get set for Monday night's matchup in Nashville.
St. Louis outshot Detroit 36-14 in a 6-0 home victory Saturday. T.J. Oshie had a goal and two assists and Jaroslav Halak cruised to his 23rd career shutout.
"I thought the biggest thing we did was we worked," coach Ken Hitchcock said. "We scored some nice goals, yes, and everything like that but we worked right till the end."
The tandem of Halak and Brian Elliott helped the Blues post a league-leading 1.89 goals-against average last season. St. Louis has back-to-back road games with a visit to Chicago on Tuesday, so Elliott will likely make his season debut in one of these contests.
Halak has a 1.71 career GAA in 13 starts against the Predators while Elliott has a 1.35 mark in three.
Rookie Vladimir Tarasenko will play his first road game after a spectacular debut with two goals Saturday. The Russian winger was a Blues first-round pick in 2010.
"I was a bit nervous before the game but now I am happy to be here and I want to say thanks to my teammates, they really helped me," Tarasenko said.
St. Louis turned in outstanding work on special teams Saturday, converting four of five power-play chances and killing off four penalties.
"When you bring back most of the same guys from last year, there's going to be chemistry and you can see it out there," defenseman Alex Pietrangelo said.
While the Blues shined against a perennial contender in the Red Wings, the Predators fell 3-2 in a shootout to Columbus at home Saturday. Nashville had won its previous three openers but lost to the team with the NHL's worst record in 2011-12.
"We didn't have any exhibitions," coach Barry Trotz said. "I know it's going to be a roller-coaster ride, and it sort of was today. You thought you got your group sorted back together and then you're going through spells of the other team has the pressure on. That's part of the 48-game season."
Nashville enjoyed a strong start on Martin Erat's goal 39 seconds into the game and got a power-play goal by Ryan Ellis in the first period, but came up empty the rest of the way despite outshooting the Blue Jackets 12-6 in the third period.
"A little bit of timing was off, and guys on both sides were swinging away and not manning up I guess you can say, maybe used to summer hockey a little bit," defenseman Shea Weber said. "But that will come and, and in a hurry I think it's going to get a lot better."
Pekka Rinne made 26 saves. Rinne went 4-1-1 with a 1.61 GAA against the Blues last season, winning two of three shootouts opposite Halak.
David Legwand had a team-high five points for Nashville in the 2011-12 season series versus St. Louis while Oshie and David Backes each had five to lead the Blues.
|Last Updated: 12/18/2014 8:34:32 PM EST|