The Nashville Predators are set to host the St. Louis Blues tonight. Nashville is poised to end a five-game losing streak while looking for their first win since returning from their trip to Europe.
Nashville is still in search of picking up win No. 900 in franchise history.
St. Louis is coming off a 3-1 loss last night against the Edmonton Oilers and has lost their last two games.
Last season the Predators went 1-3 against St. Louis being outscored 18-14.
Tonight Nashville will run with a new look top-six forward lineup
Forsberg – Johansen – Duchene
Granlund – Glass – Niederreiter
The Blues have had competent goaltending from Jordan Binnington so far this season after putting up career-low numbers in 21-22. Binnington had a 3.13 GAA last season with a save percentage of .901.
Now he’s been looking more comfortable in the blue paint and has a new teammate backing him up. Thomas Greiss was signed over the offseason after playing in Detroit for the last two seasons.
There’s a chance he gets to be in between the pipes tonight against the Predators. According to Stat Muse Greiss is 3-10-1 overall against the Predators in his career.
In his debut as a Blue Greiss set a new franchise record with 39 saves against the Winnipeg Jets in a 4-0 loss on Monday.
On offense for the Blues Vladimir Tarasenko leads the team in points with six. He’s got two goals and four assists in five games played so far.
Albeit the Blues have played five games scoring 12 goals this season they’re poised to get going offensively.
Captain Ryan O’Reilly finally found the back of the net against the Oilers after posting a goose egg through the first four contests.
O’Reilly had six points in four games against the Predators last season and will look to pick up where he left off last season when making a trip to Music City.
The St. Louis captain has 28 points in 41 games against the Predators in his career.
Aside from Tarasenko’s success on offense Brayden Schenn has six points as well this season. He’s been a reliable top-six forward since joining the Blues in 2017 via a blockbuster trade from the Philadelphia Flyers.
Schenn has 21 points in 15 games against the Predators and had seven points in three games last season against the Central Division foe.
On the back end of the ice St. Louis has a solid corp of defensemen. One leads the pack in goals scored with three in the young 22-23 season.
Faulk had a point in each game against the Predators last season after being held to none in the 19-20 campaign.
Colton Parayko is St. Louis’ biggest defender in size standing at 6-foot-6 and he shows up big in the blocked shots category. Last season he had 169 blocked shots while having four so far through the beginning of the season.
Torey Krug is also a threat for the Blues on the ice and has high-level skills on both sides of the puck.
Playing in 64 games last year Krug put up 47 points with nine goals, the second most on the team, and will look to elevate his play in a rivalry game tonight.
Tune into 102.5 The Game or watch the Predators take on the St. Louis Blues on ESPN+ starting at 6 p.m.