Nashville hosts St. Louis on Tuesday night at Bridgestone Arena. Both teams are fighting to solidify their playoff positions in the Central division. The Predators, who lead the division, went 2-2 in their four-game road trip and return home. The Blues have also split their last four games.
Hutton looks to continue his winning ways in projected start
St. Louis had their offense boost tremendously in their victories against Colorado and Winnipeg, but it faltered back to a lower number in their last contest against Pittsburgh in a 4-1 loss. After a scoreless first period, the Blues broke the ice with a goal by Kyle Brodziak. After that, they didn’t score again while the Penguins put up four straight, including three alone in the third period. Pittsburgh was able to do this while only putting up 23 shots on goal.
Brodziak (19 pts) has put up goals in two of his last three games (also had one against Colorado). Tage Thompson is questionable for Tuesday’s game with an undisclosed injury and missed the game against Pittsburgh. Backup goalie Carter Hutton (15-5-1) is expected to start in this contest. He last appeared in the win over Colorado and he’s been victorious in five of his last six appearances between the pipes.
Will the Predators be winded as they return home from four straight overtime sessions?
Nashville had to play extra minutes in all four of their recent road games. They split those results in a mixture of overtimes and shootouts. The latest result was a 3-2 victory over Montreal in a shootout. After a scoreless first 20 minutes, Scott Hartnell was able to tie the game heading into the third period. The game was tied at 2-2 after the third period, and after the overtime session, Ryan Ellis was the only player to score in the shootout.
Kevin Fiala (36 pts) had the other goal in the contest, and he was able to score three total goals in the road trip — two more against the New York Rangers right before the four-game stretch. Hartnell had four total points (1 goal, 3 assists) in the road swing. Goaltender Pekka Rinne (28-8-4) is listed as the probable goaltender, and after breaking a long winning streak at Toronto, he got back into the win column against Montreal.
- 0-7 in their last 7 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 situation
- 0-6 in their last 6 meetings in Nashville
- 18-8 in their last 26 against Central opponents
- 22-6 in their last 28 home games against teams with a winning road record
Nashville is a significant favorite in this game, but it’s the best option on the table. St. Louis has struggled in many recent visits to Nashville, and with their recent scoring struggles, it’s hard to see that not crop up again here.