Originally posted on Fang Faction  |  Last updated 1/21/13
The Nashville Predators hit the ice once again on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day against the Blues of St. Louis. Saturday night, both teams played their home opener, but ended in different results. The Predators lost to the Columbus Blue Jackets, 3-2 in a shootout, while the Blues put a "whooping" on the Detroit Red Wings, 6-0. This game will be the first of four meetings between the two clubs. Puck drops in this Central Division rivalry at 5:08pm CT. TV/Radio Coverage Nashville: FS Tennessee and 102.5 The Game St. Louis: FS Midwest and KMOX 1120 AM 2011-12 Season Series Date Away Home Result 10/8 NSH STL 4-2 NSH 12/17 STL NSH 1-2 NSH 12/30 NSH STL 2-1 NSH 2/4 STL NSH 1-3 NSH 2/23 STL NSH 3-2 STL 3/27 NSH STL 0-3 STL Line Up News Projected Starting Goalies: Name W L OT GAA SV% Pekka Rinne 0 0 1 1.85 .929 Jaroslav Halak 1 0 0 0.00 1.000 Projected Nashville Scratches: #7 D Jonathan Blum and #16 W Chris Clune Projected St. Louis Scratches: #6 D Wade Redden, #15 W Jamie Langenbrunner, #29 D Jeff Woywitka and #36 W Matt D'Agostini. Projected Lines Nashville #74 Sergei Kostitsyn #12 Mike Fisher #10 Martin Erat #33 Colin Wilson #11 David Legwand #27 Patric Hornqvist #15 Craig Smith #28 Paul Gaustad #24 Matt Halischuk #23 Brian McGrattan #13 Nick Spaling #18 Brandon Yip #6 Shea Weber #59 Roman Josi #8 Kevin Klein #22 Scott Hannan #75 Hal Gill #4 Ryan Ellis #35 Pekka Rinne #30 Chris Mason St. Louis #57 David Perron #74 TJ Oshie #42 David Backes #10 Andy McDonald #20 Alexander Steen #91 Vladimir Tarasenko #9 Jaden Schwartz #21 Patric Berglund #25 Chris Stewart #17 Vladimir Sobotka #12 Scott Nichol #75 Ryan Reaves #28 Ian Cole #27 Alex Pietrangelo #5 Barret Jackman #22 Kevin Shattenkirk #4 Kris Russel #46 Roman Polak #41 Jaroslav Halak #1 Brian Elliot Thoughts on Both Teams The St. Louis Blues are much better this season. With the addition of Vladimir Tarasenko to the roster finally, the team's offensive production has really come together. This season, St. Louis has excellent goaltending (again) in Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliot, good defensive support especially with the acquisition of Wade Redden and an even better offensive cast. A healthy Blues team is a dangerous and good Blues team. Redden, mentioned earlier, will not be playing with the team because of an immigration issue. Even without Redden, the Blues were able to smash the Red Wings in a 6-0 route that shocked the entire hockey world. This Blues team is real and not to be messed with. For the Nashville Predators, the rust has to be off and the sloppiness must be discontinued for this game. The Predators must get back to their game and be sure to play the full sixty minutes, not just little spurts of good play. Turnovers can not happen at the same amount or the Blues will make Nashville pay, as seen in the game against Detroit. All four lines will have to produce to match their four lines. Lastly, Pekka Rinne will have to be more careful with the puck and be less Tomas Vokoun "Evil Knievel-ish". Defenseman Victor Bartley was reassigned to the Milwaukee Admirals Sunday, so Jonathon Blum will be the lone extra defenseman. St. Louis Blues Players to Watch Name GP G A #74 TJ Oshie 1 1 2 #91 Vladimir Tarasenko 1 2 0 #27 Alex Pietrangelo 1 0 2  
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