Facebook Twitter E-mail
Home 2012-13 Game Previews Morning Skate: Game 2 vs. St. Louis

Morning Skate: Game 2 vs. St. Louis

5:00 PM CT – St. Louis Blues (1-0-0) @ Nashville Predators (0-0-1)
TV: FS Tennessee
Radio: 102.5 The Game

Players to watch:
STL- Vladimir Tarasenko
The dazzling Russian rookie scored twice in his NHL debut in Saturday’s 6-0 win over Detroit.
NSH- Colin Wilson
Look for Wilson to see a healthy dose of ice time tonight as he was one of the Predators’ better forwards in the opener despite not finding the statsheet.

Projected starting goaltenders:
STL- Jaroslav Halak (2012-13 stats: 1-0-0, 0.00 GAA)
NSH- Pekka Rinne (2012-13 stats: 0-0-1, 1.85 GAA)

Projected depth charts:

St. Louis Blues
David Perron David Backes T.J. Oshie
Andy McDonald Alex Steen Vladimir Tarasenko
Jaden Schwartz Patrik Berglund Chris Stewart
Vladimir Sobotka Scott Nichol Ryan Reaves
Matt D’Agostini Jamie Langenbrunner
Defense Goalie
Ian Cole Alex Pietrangelo Jaroslav Halak
Barrett Jackman Kevin Shattenkirk Brian Elliott
Kris Russell Roman Polak
Jeff Woywitka
Nashville Predators
Sergei Kostitsyn Mike Fisher Martin Erat
Colin Wilson David Legwand Patric Hornqvist
Craig Smith Nick Spaling Matt Halischuk
Brian McGrattan Paul Gaustad Brandon Yip
Richard Clune
Defense Goalie
Roman Josi Shea Weber Pekka Rinne
Scott Hannan Kevin Klein Chris Mason
Hal Gill Ryan Ellis
Jonathon Blum

Injury report:
STL- None
NSH- Gabriel Bourque (lower body, out)

Keys to the game:
STL- Impose will on Preds… In Saturday’s shootout loss to Columbus, the Predators didn’t put forth a 60-minute effort. St. Louis is a bigger, deeper team that can throw the body around any given night. They have the opportunity to send a statement to Nashville tonight with a similar performance to Saturday.
NSH- Win the board battles… The Blues’ dominant 6-0 win over Detroit in their opener is a sign they are on their A-game already. If they carry over that success, the Predators will have a tough time if they don’t do the little things right – like winning 1-on-1 battles in the corners and along the boards. For the Preds, getting a win before a seven-game road trip would be ideal.

Numbers to know:
- 2011-12 season series vs. St. Louis: 4-1-1 Predators
- The Preds were 26-10-5 at home last season … St. Louis was 19-16-6 on the road.
- The Preds were 16-5-3 vs. the Central Division last season … St. Louis was 10-9-5.
- Pekka Rinne is 12-6-3 with a 1.90 GAA and .934 save percentage in 21 career games vs. St. Louis. His counterpart, Jaroslav Halak, is 7-3-3 with a 1.71 GAA and .934 save percentage in 13 career games vs. Nashville.
- Patric Hornqvist has 10 points in 17 career games vs. St. Louis.
- 2011-12 special teams: Nashville (1st PP, 10th PK) … St. Louis (19th PP, 7th PK)
- The Preds were 8-3-0 on the front end of back-to-backs in 2011-12. They will play in Minnesota tomorrow night.
- The Preds are 3-4-0 all-time on Martin Luther King Day.

Follow us on Twitter and ‘Like’ us on Facebook!

 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit Share on LinkedIn

One Response

  1. [...] Smashville247 - Morning Skate: Game 2 vs. St. Louis [...]