Just a few of the random thoughts that I have come up with for tonights game. Just a few hours left until puck drop vs St. Louis:
- PERFECTION – Nashville could care less about perfect records, as they showed San Jose on Saturday night. Another perfect record at stake tonight? St. Louis’ 3-0-0 home record.
- THE OTHER SHOE – You know that age-old saying, “waiting for the other shoe to drop”? Well, I kind of feel like that saying applies when it comes to Nashville playing against the Blues. The Predators had two separate leads against St. Louis in their first meeting, only to be downed in the shootout. They didn’t even register a goal in their second meeting. With Halak, who possesses both wins against the Predators for the Blues this season, out on injury reserved tonight and Elliott in net, will this be Nashville’s chance at getting past St. Louis?
- GETTING HEALTHY – Nashville regains the services of Martin Erat for tonight’s contest against the Blues. Out Saturday night versus the Sharks, the Predators found a way to win 2-1 in the shootout, their second straight win and second in a row in the shootout. With Erat back, Nashville adds the services of a player who has met the Blues 51 times and has scored 22 points on them as well (5g, 17a – lifetime vs STL).
- PUBLIC ENEMY #1 – David Legwand and (surprisingly) Brandon Yip seem to have had the most success against St. Louis over the years. In Legwand’s 66 games against the Blues, he has 33 points (11g, 22a). In terms of production relative to the number of games played, Brandon Yip seems to be doing well with 6 points in 9 total games against St. Louis (5g, 1a). However, Yip has only one of those six points against the Blues since joining Nashville.
- JECKLE & HYDE – I’m a little intrigued as to which team we’ll see tonight in St. Louis. Will it be the same team that was dropped 4-0 early in the season? Or will it be the Predators who have come out and battled for victories against Los Angeles and San Jose in the last two games? The onus is on Nashville to dictate the pace of this game, but I think we may get a feeling how well they will do in the first ten minutes of tonight’s action.
- WINNING STREAKS – Nashville didn’t have a winning streak of 3 games or more until December 13th last season, a stretch of 30 games (and 36% of the season). With a sixth of the season already played, the Predators would probably like to bundle as many winning streaks as possible together. A win tonight nabs them their third in a row.
Well, that’s all I have for right now, I’m sure there will be plenty of fodder during/after tonight’s game. Enjoy the action, folks.