National Hockey League action on Sunday afternoon and a pair of teams from the Central Division will square off as the St Louis Blue grapple with the Nashville Predators at Nationwide Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. This is game two of a home-and-home series. The Blues took game one by a score of 3-2.
The Blues Push Win Streak To Five
The St Louis Blues are suddenly one of the hottest team in the league as they enter this contest having won their last five games in a row. They are off a 3-2 home win over the Preds and have now allowed just seven total goals over their last five games. Thanks to their recent run, the Blues have now moved into the 8th spot in the Western Conference, but they still have work to do as their lead over 9th placed Vancouver is just two points. The Blues has a 2-0 lead on the Preds after one and never looked back. The Preds did score with 1:15 left in regulation to pull to within one, but the Blues held them off from there. Scoring in the win was Vince Dunn, which was his 7th of the year, Vladimir Tarasenko, which was his 19th, and MacKenzie MacEachern, which was his 2nd.
Grabbing the win against the Preds was Jordan Binnington, who stopped 29 of the 31 shots that he faced to improve to 9-2 with a 1.72 GAA on the year. Jake Allen will get the nod in this one and he has gone 15-19 with a 3.04 GAA on the year, including 7-8 with a 2.33 GAA on the road. In his career, he has gone 7-6 with a 2.70 GAA against the Preds. The Blues have gone 13-12 on the road and they have averaged 2.52 gpg and have allowed 2.40 gpg in those games. St Louis enters this game ranked 18th in the league in power play conversions at 18.3% and 22nd in penalty kill at 78.7%.
Preds Fall Short In Game One
The Nashville Predators are trying to catch the Winnipeg Jets for first place in the Central Division, but they just haven’t been able to get over the hump. They had a chance on Saturday as the Jets were losing to the Sens on the road, but the Preds also took a loss as they fell to the Blues on the road. They have another shot to get over the hump as the Preds are at home for this one, while the Jets are in Buffalo. The Preds are currently one point behind the Jets. The Preds fell down 2-0 in the first end were never able to recover. Scoring in the loss was Mattias Ekholm, which was his 7th of the year and Ryan Johansen, which was his 11th.
Taking the loss was Pekka Rinne, who allowed three goals on 33 shot attempts to fall to 19-17 with a 2.49 GAA on the year. Juuse Saros will get the nod in this one and he has gone 14-7 with a 2.47 GAA on the year, including 6-3 with a 2.34 GAA here at home. In his career, he has gone 1-2 with a 3.56 GAA against the Predators. Nashville has gone 18-10 here at home for the year and they have averaged 3.00 gpg and have allowed 2.09 gpg in those games. The Predators check in ranked 30th in power play conversions at 13.3% and 11th in penalty kill at 81.7%.
- 15-6 in their last 21 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 situation
- 42-17 in their last 59 home games vs. a team with a winning road record
St Louis is:
- 1-10 in their last 11 in the third game of a 3-in-4 situation.
- Blues are 0-8 in their last 8 games playing on 0 days res