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Home 2012-13 Game Previews Morning Skate: Game 9 at St. Louis

Morning Skate: Game 9 at St. Louis

7:00 PM CT – Nashville Predators (3-2-3) @ St. Louis Blues (6-2-0)
TV: FS Tennessee
Radio: 102.5 The Game

Last time out:
NSH- For the first time this season, the Predators have a winning streak. Pekka Rinne and company claimed their second straight win when they pulled out a 2-1 shootout victory in San Jose on Saturday. Sergei Kostitsyn scored his first goal of the season in the win.
STL- Tonight will be the Blues’ first game since Friday, when they dropped a 5-3 decision in Detroit. Ken Hitchcock’s club led Detroit 3-2 after two periods, but surrendered three unanswered third period goals. Rookie Vladimir Tarasenko pushed his point streak to five games in the loss.

Players to watch:
NSH- Craig Smith
With Patric Hornqvist hurt and Martin Erat banged up, Smith has a chance to assert himself in the lineup. Will he take advantage of the opportunity? Can he build confidence after shootout goals in consecutive games?
STL- T.J. Oshie
Oshie always seems to be a factor when these two teams meet up. He has 12 points in 20 career games vs. Nashville, including four goals in the last seven meetings.

Projected starting goaltenders:
NSH- Pekka Rinne (2012-13 stats: 2-2-3, 2.16 GAA)
STL- Brian Elliott (2012-13 stats: 3-2-0, 2.34 GAA)

Projected lineups from last game/practice:

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

Injury report:
NSH- Martin Erat (foot, probable), Patric Hornqvist (knee, out)
STL- Jaroslav Halak (groin, out)

Keys to the game:
NSH- Set the tone early… It’s safe to say the Predators need a good start tonight, as they will be facing a Blues team that is especially stingy on home-ice. When the Blues get the lead at home, they rarely lose. In fact, since Ken Hitchcock took over the Blues are 23-2-1 when scoring first on home ice.
STL- Win the crease battles… The Blues’ sheer size can wreak havoc on any opponent on any given night. Facing a Predators team tonight that has been playing better of late, guys like Backes and Stewart need to make life tough on Rinne, out-muscle opposing defenders and be in position to score the garbage goals.

Numbers to know:
- Season series vs. St. Louis: 2-0 Blues
- The Preds are 3-2-1 on the road this season … St. Louis is 3-0-0 at home.
- Since the start of 2005-06, the Preds boast a 16-9-0 record at Scottrade Center. They won twice in St. Louis a season ago.
- Since the start of 2005-06, the Preds have gone to a shootout 13 times vs. St. Louis, more than any other opponent.
- Pekka Rinne is 12-7-4 with a 1.99 GAA and .931 save percentage in 23 career games vs. St. Louis. His counterpart, Brian Elliott, is 3-1-0 with a 1.14 GAA and .959 save percentage in 4 career games vs. Nashville.
- Martin Erat has 6 points in his last 6 games vs. St. Louis.
- Power play: Nashville (14.8%, 21st) … St. Louis (35.5%, 2nd)
- Penalty kill: Nashville (80.0%, 15th) … St. Louis (75.0%, 23rd)

Remember when?
In December of 2006, Jordin Tootoo barreled into Blues defenseman Jay McKee, and the Blues obviously took exception to the crushing hit…

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