Originally written on Fox Sports Midwest  |  Last updated 1/24/13
(AP) -- The NHL's 48-game lockout-shortened schedule will make teams plenty familiar with each other by the time the playoffs roll around in just a few months. The St. Louis Blues and Nashville Predators are getting a taste of that early. St. Louis seeks a fourth straight victory over visiting Nashville when the Central Division rivals meet for the second time in four days Thursday night. Teams will play only others within their own conference for the first time since a lockout also shortened the 1994-95 season to 48 games. St. Louis defeated Nashville 4-3 in a shootout Monday, marking the second time in the last three meetings the teams have played past overtime. The Predators lost their first two games in the shootout before defeating Minnesota 3-1 on Tuesday. Nick Spaling, David Legwand and Martin Erat, who had two assists versus the Blues (2-1-0) and has two goals and four assists in his last five in the series, netted goals against the Wild as Nashville (1-0-2) began a fra...
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