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St. Louis Blues vs. Nashville Predators
Tuesday, April 9th, 2013 | 7:00pm (CT)
Nashville, TN – The Nashville Predators return to the Bridgestone Arena, battered and bruised, and desperately trying to make the play-offs, when they host the St. Louis Blues Tuesday night at 7:00pm CT in “Smashville.”
The Predators are coming off two hard fought losses to the Chicago Blackhawks over the weekend.After seeing each other three times in the first nine games of 2012-13, the Nashville Predators and St. Louis Blues face-off for the fourth time this season, but first since February 5th, on Tuesday at Bridgestone Arena.
In the most recent meeting at the Scottrade Center, the Predators tied a season high in goals as they routed the Blues by a 6-1 margin. Nashville did it efficiently too – it put only 19 shots on net.
Martin Erat’s goal and two assists and Colin Wilson’s career-high three helpers led the offensive charge for Nashville, with Ryan Ellis (1g-1a), Jonathon Blum (2a) and Paul Gaustad (2a) also recording multi-point games. In total, 11 Predators reached the scoresheet.
The Predators also visited St. Louis on January 24th, falling by a 3-0 score. The teams also met January 21st at Bridgestone Arena, with the Blues winning in a shootout, 4-3.
Four of the last eight games between Nashville and St. Louis have gone to a shootout, and dating back to 2005-06 when the shootout was implemented, Nashville has gone to a shootout 13 times with the Blues, more than any other team (8-5 record). Nashville has garnered points in seven-of-nine games (5-2-2) against the Blues since the beginning of last season, including a 2-0-2 mark on home ice.
Last Time Out: Nashville 3 at Chicago 5
Nick Spaling scored a goal and collected an assist to record his second multi-point performance of the season, and the sixth of his career. The Predators are 19-3-1 when Spaling scores and goal and 33-8-3 when he records a point during his career. Matt Halischuk collected an assist, giving him six points (2g-4a) in 13 games since returning from a Conditioning Assignment with Milwaukee (AHL). Prior to that, he had one assist in 16 NHL contests.
Austin Watson – Nashville’s first pick in the 2010 Draft (18th overall) – made his NHL debut, logging 13:47 and putting one shot on net. Patric Hornqvist accounted for more than one-fourth of Nashville’s shots (six of 22). He has four points (1g-3a) in his last five games.
Since returning from an eight-game absence on March 23rd, the Sollentuna, Sweden native has five points (1g-4a) in eight games. Nashville was shorthanded just once for the second consecutive game. The Preds are averaging the fourth fewest penalty minutes per game this season (10.0) and have been shorthanded the fifth fewest times (120).
Nashville outhit Chicago 42-22. Rich Clune led all Nashville skaters with nine hits; he is now tied for 10th in the NHL in the category (126). Clune is also fourth in the NHL in major penalties (11). Nashville blocked 18 Chicago shots, let by Kevin Klein (5). Klein ranks among the League’s Top 20 in the category. Brandon Yip left the game early with a lower-body injury and is doubtful for Tuesday’s game.
The Predators are allowing the fifth-fewest goals against on home ice (2.00 goals-against average, 38 goals in 19 games). Nashville is allowing the fifth fewest shots against the season – 27.6 per game. Roman Josi has nine points (2g-7a) in the last 13 games. Josi is averaging 23:26 of ice time this season, up more than five minutes from his rookie season (18:23).
Gabriel Bourque – who has missed the past four games – has eight points (5g-3a) in his last 11 games, and seven goals in his last 15 games. Bourque leads the team in goals (11), with seven coming on the road.
Taylor Beck has six points (2g-4a) in his last nine games. He has played 11 career NHL games since joining the team on March 19th.
Nashville Predators Tickets
Individual game tickets for the Nashville Predators 2012-13 regular season are on sale at the Bridgestone Arena box office, through all Ticketmaster outlets, www.Ticketmaster.com, www.nashvillepredators.com and 615.770.7800. Due to the shortened season, ticket inventory will be limited.
Returning this season are the popular Tennessee Lottery $10.00 Gameday Seats where 100 upper-level tickets will be made available for just $10.00 each on the day of the game. These tickets may only be purchased at the Bridgestone Arena box office beginning at 10:00am on the day of each specific game. Limit four per customer.
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