Head Coach Barry Trotz was going for win #500. The team was trying to leapfrog the fourth-place Detroit Red Wings.
Unfortunately, neither of those things happened.
The Western Conference leading St. Louis Blues beat the visiting Nashville Predators 3-0 in front of 19,150 at Scottrade Center.
With the loss, the Predators remain in fifth place in the West and third in the Central. With the win, St. Louis nearly guarantees themselves the 2011-12 Central Division banner and inches that much closer to the President’s Trophy for the best overall record in the NHL.
Per usual, Pekka Rinne was not the problem for Nashville. He made 21 saves but his defense left him out to dry on this night. His record fell to 41-17-8 with the loss.
A scoreless opening frame gave way to a St. Louis goal in the second. Veteran winger Jamie Langenbrunner capitalized on the Preds scrambling in their own end and put a wrist shot up and over Rinne for the 1-0 lead.
The score would remain that way until the third p...