Final SO

Series (Game 4 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

Blues 2

(12-5-3, 27 pts)

Predators 1

(9-7-4, 22 pts)

Coverage: NBCSN

8:00 PM ET, November 24, 2010

Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee

1 2 3 SO T
STL 1 0 0 12
NSH 0 1 0 01

A. McDonald (Blues - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

J. Halak (Blues - G): Saves: 29, Save Pct.: .967

P. Rinne (Predators - G): Saves: 14, Save Pct.: .933

Blues-Predators Preview


After their hot start was followed by an unexpected swoon, the St. Louis Blues appear to be on the verge of getting back on track.

The Blues look to win their third straight Wednesday night when they face the Nashville Predators -- who have dominated the head-to-head series -- for the fourth time this season.

St. Louis' back-to-back wins have followed a five-game losing streak. That slide came on the heels of a 9-1-2 start that was one of the most surprising developments of the early season.

The Blues (11-5-3) defeated New Jersey 3-2 on Saturday, although coach Davis Payne doesn't think his team has completely moved beyond the lapses that contributed to the five-game skid.

"It was just a matter of finding a way," he said. "We really didn't have the jump that was necessary. We made some mental errors, we made some positional errors. There was lots of try, there was lots of intent, which is something we talked about at great length, but Jersey came in and had a lot of possession, had a lot of skills players that we had to expend energy defending."

The Devils outshot the Blues 37-27, but Jaroslav Halak made 35 saves to snap his four-game losing streak.

For St. Louis to keep rolling, it will need to pick up a rare win against Nashville. The Predators have gone 29-7-3 versus the Blues since the start of the 2005-06 season.

St. Louis managed to break a five-game skid in the series Oct. 28, winning 3-0 at Nashville behind Halak's 24 saves. The Predators, though, took the other two meetings from their Central Division rivals Oct. 14 and Nov. 11.

Nashville (9-7-3) failed to win a season high-tying third straight Tuesday, falling 2-0 at Columbus as it continued to navigate a month filled with road games. The Predators' schedule from Oct. 23-Nov. 26 has them playing 12 of 15 away from home.

Nashville, which completed a five-game trip against the Blue Jackets, has played a Western Conference-low seven home contests. Playing at home should help against St. Louis, which is 8-0-1 at home but 3-5-2 on the road.

Against Columbus, Pekka Rinne stopped 28 shots for the Predators but got no help from an offense that has managed five goals in the last three games.

"I was a little disappointed that in terms of that we didn't come out with a little more pop," coach Barry Trotz said. "We had too many guys who were passengers."

Trotz's club will face a Blues team that will get a boost on defense from Barret Jackman, who was activated Wednesday and should return to the lineup. The veteran has been out since spraining his right knee Nov. 4 vs San Jose.

"He looked pretty good out there," Payne told the team's official website after Jackman practiced Monday with no limitations.

While Jackman would give St. Louis a lift on defense, the team has been sparked offensively by forwards Andy McDonald, David Backes and Brad Boyes. The trio has 21 points in the last five games after recording two against the Devils.