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Home 2013-14 Game Previews Morning Skate: Game 1 at St. Louis

Morning Skate: Game 1 at St. Louis

7:30 PM CT – Nashville Predators @ St. Louis Blues
TV: Fox Sports Tennessee
Radio: 102.5 The Game

3 things to watch:
1. What will Seth Jones’ role be in his first NHL game? He saw about 24 minutes of ice time per preseason game, but will that change starting tonight? Will he play most of the night alongside Kevin Klein or Ryan Ellis/Mattias Ekholm? There is definitely some intrigue surrounding his debut.
2. Pekka Rinne’s first regular-season start since hip surgery. He didn’t play a full 60 minutes in any of his three preseason appearances. Barry Trotz says he’s ready to go, but how Rinne fares against a Blues team that will be active in front of the net will be crucial.
3. The Predators didn’t score goals consistently in the preseason and will be missing Viktor Stalberg and Filip Forsberg from the lineup. How much offense will they be able to generate if the Blues are on their A-game tonight?

Projected starting goaltenders:
NSH- Pekka Rinne (2012-13 stats: 15-16-8, 2.43 GAA)
STL- Jaroslav Halak (2012-13 stats: 6-5-1, 2.14 GAA)

Projected lineups from last game/practice:

Nashville Predators
Colin Wilson David Legwand Patric Hornqvist
Gabriel Bourque Matt Cullen Craig Smith
Eric Nystrom Mike Fisher Nick Spaling
Rich Clune Paul Gaustad Matt Hendricks
Filip Forsberg*
Defense Goalie
Roman Josi Shea Weber Pekka Rinne
Victor Bartley Kevin Klein Carter Hutton
Mattias Ekholm Seth Jones
Ryan Ellis
St. Louis Blues
Alexander Steen David Backes T.J. Oshie
Brenden Morrow Derek Roy Chris Stewart
Jaden Schwartz Patrik Berglund Vladimir Tarasenko
Vladimir Sobotka Maxim Lapierre Ryan Reaves
Magnus Paajarvi Adam Cracknell
Defense Goalie
Jay Bouwmeester Alex Pietrangelo Jaroslav Halak
Jordan Leopold Kevin Shattenkirk Brian Elliott
Barret Jackman Roman Polak
Ian Cole * – Injured

*Lineups are subject to change

Injury report:
NSH- Filip Forsberg (lower body, out), Viktor Stalberg (shoulder, out)
STL- None

Numbers to know:
- This is the first meeting of the season between the Preds and Blues. They will next play on Oct. 26 in Nashville. The Blues won three of the four meetings in 2012-13.
- The Preds were 5-14-5 on the road last season… St. Louis was 15-8-1 at home.
- Since the start of 2005-06, the Preds boast a 17-9-0 record at Scottrade Center.
- Since the start of 2005-06, the Preds have gone to a shootout 13 times vs. St. Louis, more than any other opponent.
- The Preds are 7-6-1 all-time in 14 season openers and are 2-0-2 in their last four.
- Pekka Rinne is 13-8-4 with a 1.91 GAA and .934 save percentage in 25 career games vs. St. Louis. His counterpart, Jaroslav Halak, is 8-3-3 with a 1.74 GAA and .930 save percentage in 15 career games vs. Nashville.
- Patric Hornqvist has 13 points in 20 career games vs. St. Louis.

Remember when?
On Oct. 8, 2011, the Predators spoiled the Blues’ home opener with a 4-2 victory. David Legwand tallied four points (2g-2a) in the win…

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