Final SO

Series (Game 3 of 6)

St. Louis leads 4-2

Game 1: Thursday, October 14th
Game 2: Thursday, October 28th
Game 3: Thursday, November 11th
Game 4: Wednesday, November 24th
Game 5: Sunday, December 26th
Game 6: Saturday, April 9th

Predators 3

(6-5-3, 15 pts)

Blues 2

(9-2-3, 21 pts)

8:00 PM ET, November 11, 2010

Scottrade Center, Saint Louis, Missouri

1 2 3 SO T
NSH 0 1 1 13
STL 1 0 1 02

M. Goc (Predators - C): Goals: 0, Assists: 0

E. Johnson (Blues - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 1

P. Hornqvist (Predators - RW): Goals: 0, Assists: 1

Predators-Blues Preview


Though Nashville has played well in St. Louis of late, facing the struggling Predators might be what the Blues need to bounce back from their worst loss of the season.

The Blues look to remain undefeated at home and extend the Predators' losing streak to six games Thursday night.

St. Louis (9-2-2), tied with Los Angeles for the top spot in the Western Conference, had its seven-game winning streak snapped with an 8-1 loss at Columbus on Wednesday.

That defeat might serve as a wake-up call for a club that allowed four goals during their previous six games.

"Bottom line is we understand that we can't play that way," St. Louis coach Davis Payne said.

Looking to put that rout behind them, the Blues try for a 13th straight home victory dating to a 3-2 loss to Nashville on March 21. Though the Predators (5-5-3) have won their last four at the Scottrade Center, St. Louis has allowed seven goals while going 6-0 at home this season.

Jaroslav Halak has a 1.14 goals-against average in those six home wins, and could be in net after being pulled for giving up four goals on 15 shots against the Blue Jackets. He made 24 saves in a 3-0 win at Nashville on Oct. 28, a loss that began the Predators' five-game skid.

B.J. Crombeen scored Wednesday for the Blues, who have not scored more than two goals in each of their last four contests.

The Blues have six goals while splitting two games with the Predators -- both in Nashville -- this season. St. Louis' Patrick Berglund has scored in each game, but been held without a point his last five contests.

T.J. Oshie has a goal and assist versus Nashville this season, but could miss this contest after he was helped off the ice because of an apparent ankle injury Wednesday.

The Predators have not dropped six straight since Oct. 10-21, 2009, but head to St. Louis, where they have not lost since Dec. 8, 2008. Three victories in the Predators' current streak at St. Louis have been by one goal.

Nashville was on the wrong end of a 5-4 decision at Anaheim on Sunday.

Though the Predators showed some life in the offensive zone, they have been outscored 21-10 and gone 1 for 20 on the power play over the last five games.

"It can be disheartening," Predators coach Barry Trotz said.

Patric Hornqvist had a goal and an assist at Anaheim. He has two goals in his last three games, and one in each of his last three at St. Louis.

Nashville's Pekka Rinne has a 4.57 GAA during a personal four-game skid, but is 4-1-0 with a 2.19 GAA at St. Louis.

Rookie backup Anders Lindback stopped 32 shots in the Predators' 4-3 win over the Blues on Oct. 14.