|67||NASHVILLE||+150||Ov 5,+100||+160||Ov 5,+110|
|68||ST LOUIS||-170||Un 5,-120||-185||Un 5,-130|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||3-3-0||+0.9||3-3||+0.9||0-6||1.5||19.8||2.2||25.3|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-0.5||2-3||-0.5||0-5||1.2||18.6||2.4||24.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||8||14||7||1||4||2||2||177||7.9%||27||4||14.8%||18|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||6||9||3||0||4||2||2||119||7.6%||20||1||5.0%||8|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||6||2||0||2||2||2||93||6.5%||17||0||0.0%||5|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||3||5||4||1||0||0||0||71||7.0%||11||3||27.3%||10|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||20||7||4||6||3||3||219||9.1%||30||6||20.0%||30|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||13||4||3||5||1||1||152||8.6%||26||4||15.4%||20|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||12||3||3||5||1||1||122||9.8%||23||4||17.4%||18|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||10||4||2||2||2||2||91||11.0%||8||3||37.5%||14|
|CHRIS MASON (All Games)||1||1||30||29||96.7%||0||1-0||+1.4||1-0-0||+1||0-1|
|CHRIS MASON (Road Games)||1||1||30||29||96.7%||0||1-0||+1.4||1-0-0||+1||0-1|
|CHRIS MASON (vs. Division)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|CHRIS MASON (Last 4 Games)||1||1||30||29||96.7%||0||1-0||+1.4||1-0-0||+1||0-1|
|PEKKA RINNE (All Games)||7||7||189||173||91.5%||2||2-5||-3.2||2-5-0||-3||1-6|
|PEKKA RINNE (Road Games)||5||5||122||111||91.0%||2||2-3||-0.5||2-3-0||0||0-5|
|PEKKA RINNE (vs. Division)||3||3||91||83||91.2%||1||0-3||-3.7||0-3-0||-4||1-2|
|PEKKA RINNE (Last 4 Games)||4||4||98||90||91.8%||1||2-2||+0.6||2-2-0||+1||0-4|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||3-0-0||+3||3-0||+3||2-1||4.7||31.3||1.3||14.3|
|Last 5 Games||4-1-0||+2.8||4-1||+2.8||3-1||3.8||28.2||2.6||21.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||8||31||12||8||9||2||2||250||12.4%||31||11||35.5%||55|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||3||14||4||4||5||1||0||94||14.9%||14||5||35.7%||25|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||19||8||6||4||1||1||141||13.5%||22||5||22.7%||34|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||6||22||10||4||7||1||2||184||12.0%||23||11||47.8%||39|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||19||7||6||6||0||1||173||11.0%||36||9||25.0%||37|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||4||0||3||1||0||0||43||9.3%||11||2||18.2%||8|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||13||4||4||5||0||1||108||12.0%||23||6||26.1%||25|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||12||5||3||4||0||1||134||9.0%||29||6||20.7%||23|
|BRIAN ELLIOTT (All Games)||5||3||100||90||90.0%||0||2-1||+1||2-1-0||+1||1-1|
|BRIAN ELLIOTT (Home Games)||1||1||16||12||75.0%||0||1-0||+1||1-0-0||+1||1-0|
|BRIAN ELLIOTT (vs. Division)||4||2||84||78||92.9%||0||1-1||0||1-1-0||0||0-1|
|BRIAN ELLIOTT (Last 4 Games)||4||3||87||77||88.5%||0||2-1||+1||2-1-0||+1||1-1|
|JAROSLAV HALAK (All Games)||5||5||72||64||88.9%||2||4-1||+2.8||4-1-0||+3||4-1|
|JAROSLAV HALAK (Home Games)||2||2||27||27||100.0%||2||2-0||+2||2-0-0||+2||1-1|
|JAROSLAV HALAK (vs. Division)||4||4||49||44||89.8%||2||3-1||+1.8||3-1-0||+2||3-1|
|JAROSLAV HALAK (Last 4 Games)||4||4||58||50||86.2%||1||3-1||+1.8||3-1-0||+2||3-1|
|MIKE MCKENNA (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|MIKE MCKENNA (Home 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|
|Average power rating of opponents played: NASHVILLE 3.43, ST LOUIS 3.1|
|1/19/2013||COLUMBUS||2-3||L||0, -170||L||5.5 un||U|
|1/21/2013||ST LOUIS||3-4||L||0, +105||L||5 ov||O|
|1/22/2013||at MINNESOTA||3-1||W||0, +135||W||5 ov||U|
|1/24/2013||at ST LOUIS||0-3||L||0, +155||L||5 ov||U|
|1/26/2013||at ANAHEIM||2-3||L||0, -120||L||5.5 un||U|
|1/28/2013||at PHOENIX||0-4||L||0, -120||L||5.5 un||U|
|1/31/2013||at LOS ANGELES||2-1||W||0, +135||W||5 un||U|
|2/2/2013||at SAN JOSE||2-1||W||0, +160||W||5 ov||U|
|2/5/2013||at ST LOUIS|| |
|2/7/2013||LOS ANGELES|| |
|2/9/2013||at MINNESOTA|| |
|2/12/2013||SAN JOSE|| |
|1/19/2013||DETROIT||6-0||W||0, -140||W||5 ov||O|
|1/21/2013||at NASHVILLE||4-3||W||0, -125||W||5 ov||O|
|1/22/2013||at CHICAGO||2-3||L||0, +105||L||5.5 un||U|
|1/24/2013||NASHVILLE||3-0||W||0, -175||W||5 ov||U|
|1/26/2013||at DALLAS||4-3||W||0, -165||W||5 ov||O|
|1/27/2013||MINNESOTA||5-4||W||0, -165||W||5 ov||O|
|1/31/2013||at COLUMBUS||4-1||W||0, -200||W||5 ov||P|
|2/1/2013||at DETROIT||3-5||L||0, -115||L||5.5 un||O|
|2/11/2013||LOS ANGELES|| |
|2/13/2013||at DETROIT|| |
|2/15/2013||at CALGARY|| |
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.
|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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (NASHVILLE-ST LOUIS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Predators-Blues Preview* =========================
By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
Nashville (3-2-3) at St. Louis (6-2-0), 8:00 p.m. EDT
Jaroslav Halak played a significant role in the St. Louis Blues' latest win over the Nashville Predators, but an injury will keep the goaltender out of the next matchup.
Fortunately for the Blues, Brian Elliott has performed well in recent games against the Predators and is expected to get the chance to add to that string Tuesday night in St. Louis.
Halak recorded his second shutout of this young season Jan. 24 by stopping 13 shots in a 3-0 victory over Nashville, but he was placed on injured reserve Sunday after straining his groin in a 5-3 loss to Detroit two days earlier.
"We expect (Halak) to have no problem being ready for the weekend," Hitchcock told the team's website. "This is more just a precaution. We'd rather get it 100 percent and not have this thing lingering or doing anything like that."
The Blues (6-2-0) are expected to turn to Elliott for at least the next two games while Halak heals, and the 27-year-old netminder will try to lead his team to its third win over its Central Division rivals in 16 days.
Elliott replaced Halak in the first meeting with the Predators on Jan. 21 after the starter gave up three goals on 11 shots. Elliott stopped all 13 he faced and two more in the shootout to give St. Louis a 4-3 victory.
He recorded a shutout in his most recent start against the Predators on March 27, making 24 saves in that 3-0 victory. Elliott is 3-1-0 with a 1.14 goals-against average - his best against any Western Conference opponent - in four lifetime matchups.
While Elliott will try to help St. Louis rebound from the end to a four-game win streak, Pekka Rinne will likely get the chance to help his team build on a pair of shootout victories.
The Predators (3-2-3) earned the latest of those Saturday against San Jose in the sixth of a seven-game road trip, which matches the longest in franchise history. Rinne gave up one goal for a second straight start and stopped all three shootout attempts in that 2-1 victory.
He came out the winner in an eight-round shootout Thursday against Los Angeles. Nashville had lost its previous three shootouts before that 2-1 victory.
"I'm finally making some saves in the shootout," Rinne said Saturday. "It's been a challenge for us but already we're on our fifth shootout. That's quite a bit since we've played eight games."
Nashville has lost in shootouts twice during its four-game losing streak to St. Louis, its longest since a series-worst five-game skid Dec. 30, 2001-Oct. 30, 2002.
Rinne has been in net for all of those past four matchups and has allowed three goals in each of the last three. Before being outdueled by Elliott at the Scottrade Center on March 27, the Predators goaltender was 7-2-0 with a 1.52 GAA in his previous nine games in St. Louis.
Rinne has a respectable 2.16 GAA in seven starts this season but his teammates haven't given him much help, scoring a league-low 12 goals. One of Nashville's forwards, Patric Hornqvist, has been sidelined the last three games and is expected to miss the next three to four weeks due to a sprained left knee.
Hornqvist, a three-time 20-goal scorer, had a goal and two assists in the Jan. 21 loss.
St. Louis, meanwhile, boasts the NHL's reigning rookie of the month in Vladimir Tarasenko, who has five goals and five assists in his first eight games. The winger has registered four points (two goals, two assists) in the two meetings with Nashville.
The Blues and Predators won't meet again until April 9 in Nashville.
|Last Updated: 12/21/2014 10:48:38 PM EST|