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Predatorial Pregame Warmup: October 3, 2013


Oct 3, 2013

Written by: Patten Fuqua


Last updated: October 3, 2013 at 10:49 pm

On Thursday night, the Nashville Predators and St. Louis Blues open their seasons at Scottrade Center in St.Louis.


Nashville Predators (0-0-0) at St. Louis Blues (0-0-0)
Gametime: 7:30pm CT / 8:30pm ET
Television: FS-Tennessee
Radio: 102.5 The Game



Nashville Predators - Viktor Stalberg

St. Louis Blues - N/A

Projected Goaltending Matchup

Pekka Rinne


Jaroslav Halak

Keep an eye on...

Nashville Predators -

Seth Jones.

The giant story for Nashville is the NHL debut of Seth Jones. The highest-ranked player in the 2013 NHL Draft and Nashville’s first round pick, all eyes in the league will be on Jones as he suits up for his first NHL game.

St. Louis Blues -

Jaroslav Halak.

St. Louis rolls into this season with a three-headed goaltending monster. Halak was the de facto starter for the Blues last season before a groin injury saw Brian Elliott usurp his position at the end of the season. He returns this season as the Blues’ starting netminder and will be wanting to get off to a fast start because he not only has Elliott waiting in the wings, but also up-and-comer Jake Allen.

Main Storylines

Nashville Predators -

This season’s opener will be a “defining moment” for the Predators. Nashville will be looking to quickly put last year’s disaster of a season behind them. The Predators finished last in scoring and shots and had one of the worst records in the league.

Going back to last season, Nashville has not won in their last 10 road games and only once in their last 17.

Matt Cullen, Eric Nystrom and Matt Hendricks will be making their debuts for the Predators after signing during the offseason.

In addition, Colin Wilson and Gabriel Bourque will be returning to the lineup after injuries cut their seasons short last year.

St. Louis Blues -

The Blues may be the lone team in the Central Division with the capability of making a long-term run at Chicago this year. They finished 17 points behind the Blackhawks last season, but no one else in the Central was closer.

The three major moves that the Blues made over the summer were the signings of Derek Roy and Brendan Morrow and the trade of David Perron for Magnus Paajarvi. All three will be making their Blues debuts on Thursday night. All three moves should strengthen St. Louis, which will only make Ken Hitchcock’s teams more dangerous.

The game has also been bumped back to a 7:30 start time due to the Cardinals and Pirates playing Game 1 of the NLDS across the street.

Last time out...

On April 9, St. Louis beat Nashville 1-0 at Bridgestone Arena. In a result that was far too familiar for the Predators last season, Nashville only managed 15 shots on Brian Elliott while Pekka Rinne saved all but one of St. Louis’ 26 shots.

Alex Steen scored St. Louis’ lone goal in the second on an assist from Vladimir Sobotka and David Perron.

One interesting fact...

Nashville has had 14 season openers and has won exactly half.

Of the 14 season openers, Nashville has made 5 of them on the road and one at a neutral site (Japan). The team also opened their 2008 season in St. Louis against the Blues, losing 5-2.

Photo Credit: Sarah Fuqua


Photo Credit: Sarah Fuqua