Found October 08, 2011 on PredsOnTheGlass:
The Nashville Predators will return to the ice tonight at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis and hope to make it two in a row in an unusual scheduling situation where the team opened with back to back games on the road against divisional opponents, a first in franchise history.Last night's 3-2 win over Columbus was pure "Predator hockey" with Pekka Rinne starting his chase for the Vezina in a solid effort, a strong defensive effort, and just enough scoring to win.Rinne was held out of practice on Thursday with "flu symptoms" but appeared to be in mid-season form on Friday night. Josh Cooper reported that Rinne was first off the ice at morning skate today so it appears that he will go again against the Blues.When the Predators took the ice in their opening game, they were officially the youngest team in the NHL (25 yrs, 8 months) and most were homegrown with 17 players on the 23 man roster (and 16 of the 20 that dressed) being products of David Poile's draf...

Rinne fights off flu, shines on opening weekend

Pekka Rinne has picked up right where he left off last season. The Vezina Trophy runner-up from a year ago has been a vital part of the Predators’ quick 2-0 start.“He’s one of the best goalies in the world,” David Legwand said. “He made some unbelievable saves out there. If we can work to back him up like we did tonight and give him those types of efforts every night...

Wade Belak Remembered by Skating Partner

From Bob Padecky of the Post-Democrat: It was Aug. 30, the night before it happened. Wade Belak was vamping in front of the mirror, that’s what Kim Navarro remembered. The music was on in her Toronto hotel room. Choreographer Rene Roca was selecting tunes for Belak and Navarro, who would be competing in “Battle of the Blades,” Canada’s ice skating version of “Dancing With...

Nashville Predators Week Preview: Week 02 (Oct. 10th – Oct. 16th)

Nashville swept their opening weekend festivities this weekend on the road against Columbus and St. Louis giving them a 2-0 record to start the season for the fifth time in franchise history. Let’s take a look at what happened last week after the jump: Friday, October 7th: The Predators traveled on the road to open the season against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Stellar goaltending...

Legwand, Predators spoil Blues' season opener

ST. LOUIS (AP) Pekka Rinne saw a lot of pucks at one end. The Nashville Predators did a lot with not many shots on the other end.

Backes learning on the job as Blues captain

ST. LOUIS -- After the horn had sounded and his first regular-season game as the St. Louis Blues' captain was complete, wing David Backes hunched over and glided toward a tunnel. Behind him, Nashville Predators players cleared their bench and hugged one another near a goal after their 4-2 victory Saturday at the Scottrade Center. Backes stepped off the ice and walked toward...

Smith tallies first NHL goal to lead Preds over Blue Jackets

Ryan Suter had a goal and an assist and Craig Smith scored his first NHL goal to lead the Nashville Predators past the Columbus Blue Jackets, 3-2 on Friday night in the opener for both teams.

Blues Expect To Be In The Playoffs

from Norm Sanders of the Belleville News-Democrat, Each year in the NHL, at least one team seems to emerge from the shadows and become the kind of franchise that suddenly has “arrived.” In recent years, Chicago, Tampa Bay, Carolina, Montreal and others have turned themselves around and made long playoff runs. Could the trendy team of 2011-12 be the St. Louis Blues? From the...

Game 2 – Nashville @ St. Louis: Back-to-Back Beginning?

Photo Credit: Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images North America The Predators started the season off with a bang last night as Suter/Halischuk/Craig Smith all got on the board in a 3-2 win against the Blue Jackets. They’ll be continuing their road “Home Opening” extravaganza with the second of their back-to-back games this weekend by taking on the St. Louis Blues tonight in St. Louis...

Blues fans cheer Perron at season opener

David Perron exited the Blues' locker room, walked onto the team's bench, and as soon as his name was announced, the sellout crowd of 19,150 at Scottrade Center gave him a thunderous ovation.

Predators spoil Blues' opener 4-2

David Legwand had two goals and two assists as the Nashville Predators ended a lengthy scoring slump against Jaroslav Halak with a 4-2 victory that spoiled the St. Louis Blues' opener Saturday night.

Puck Daddy chats with David Backes about hypocrisy on head shots, Shanahan videos, NHL All-Star Draft and Blues captaincy

David Backes estimates that he spends over an hour a day longer at the rink now than he did before he was named captain of the St. Louis Blues. "There are more interviews, photos, videos, meetings and secretarial duties," he said. Wait … secretarial duties? "I don't know if many captains do this, but I operate the team fund as well. Tracking guys down to pay...

Nashville Predators (0-0-0) at Columbus Blue Jackets (0-0-0), 7 p.m. (ET)

Changes came in bunches this past summer for the Blue Jackets, but they will have only one of their two big offseason acquisitions on the ice this evening against the Predators.
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