It was an opportunity for the Nashville Predators to pull within a single point of the fourth place St. Louis Blues.
Instead, they finished the night four points back.
With 16,828 looking on, the two Central Division rivals needed a shootout to decide who was better on this night. St. Louis eventually came out on top, 3-2, in the skills competition.
Pekka Rinne, as he often does, kept his team in it early. He made 12 stops in the first period alone en route to the 22 save shootout loss. Rinne’s record fell to 33-13-7 on the year and still needs one more victory to post a new career high.
The visitors were the first to strike when Chris Stewart redirected a centering pass over the goal line with his skate. The goal was allowed to stand and the Blues took the lead 1-0 as a result.
After a miserable opening 20 minutes, Nashville finally pulled even. Brandon Yip broke in 2-on-1 with Roman Josi and the two connected for Josi’s third goal of the season. Yip fed a beautiful cross-ice pass ...