Nashville Predators: Blues visit for Sunday Brunch with Predators

Good morning! What a wonderful way to start the day! The Nashville Predators host the St. Louis Blues for a lovely Sunday Brunch.

After a bit of a rough patch – including five straight overtime games – the Nashville Predators turned things around. Winners of their last three games, the Predators have outscored their opponents 15-5. With a healthy lineup, the team has been in full force. Now it is time for the real work to begin.

The next two games feature Central Division opponents, and winning both will put Nashville in position to win their first division crown in history. It all starts with a matinée against the St. Louis Blues at Bridgestone Arena and broadcast nationwide on NBC. It is the Predators’ first regular-season appearance on NBC. And, with St. Louis as the opponent, the game will be a great way for Nashville to show NHL fans how great they can be.

The last time we heard from the Blues was on eve of Valentines Day. What first appeared to be a crushing defeat at the hands of the Blues turned out to be a comeback for the ages. Down 3-0 with just 10 minutes left to play, the Predators broke the hearts of St. Louis fans everywhere by winning 4-3 in overtime. Ironically, the Predators are 3-0 against the Blues on the season.

Maybe even more ironic is the fact the Blues have only three goals since that game, losing to the hot Dallas Stars, San Jose Sharks and Winnipeg Jets. All in St. Louis. A team once in contention to win the Central is now looking up at the second Wild Card spot. It doesn’t help to be missing two defensemen due to injury. Both Joel Edmundson and Robert Bortuzzo are out for an undetermined amount of time.

Predators’ Lineup

With the trade deadline closing in, the Nashville Predators may be looking to move pieces around. However, they have yet to do so. Today’s line-up should be the same we have witnessed the last few games. Pekka Rinne should get the start today, looking for win number 301 of his career. Viktor Arvidsson has four goals in his last three games, while Kevin Fiala broke a five game goalless streak his last game out.

Filip Forsberg – Ryan Johansen – Viktor Arvidsson

Kevin Fiala – Kyle Turris – Craig Smith

Scott Hartnell – Nick Bonino – Calle Jarnkrok

Miikka Salomaki – Colton Sissons – Austin Watson

Defense

Roman Josi – Ryan Ellis

Mattias Ekholm – P.K. Subban

Alexei Emelin – Yannick Weber

Goaltenders

Pekka Rinne

Juuse Saros

Where to watch

The 11:00 a.m. start times gives Predators fans plenty of viewing options today. Several local establishments will be open for lunch at that point, so take the family out and enjoy some food. The game will be on NBC, and can be streamed on the NBC app. Also, you can listen to the game on 102.5 The Game in Nashville.