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Nashville Predators 1, St. Louis Blues 3: Not Enough Good Things

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The Predators didn’t have an answer for St. Louis and end their road trip 1-2-0.

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After besting the Blues and Carter Hutton at Bridgestone last week the Predators were looking to end their three game road-trip with another win over their central division rivals. Nashville would be without Colin Wilson who was listed day-to-day with an upper-body injury. Wilson’s absence meant a line-up shuffle as well as the return of Cody Bass.

The second period saw the Blues putting on a lot of pressure and spending a lot of time in the Predators defensive zone. One thing the Blues did well was clean-up second chances. David Perron gets the Blues on the board first with a goal off a rebound that Pekka Rinne just couldn’t cover up. The Predators would answer a few minutes later with a power play goal from Mike Ribeiro. Yes, you read that right, a powerplay goal from Mike Ribeiro. Overall the second period showed a lot of speed from both sides and play continued to be solid keeping the score even into the third.

Viktor Arvidson picked up a questionable high-sticking penalty at the end of the second that would carry over to the start of the third. The Predators were able to kill off the penalty but St. Louis kept their momentum going and got their second goal of the night.

Mattias Ekholm had a great chance in the third to tie it up, but just as soon as it was there the Blues took it all the way back and Vladimir Tarasenko would seal the deal for the night putting the Blues up by two. The Predators tried really hard to get it back but the Blues would take this one.

Random Observations

  • That was a terrible turn over by Cody Bass. Just ugly.
  • If Pontus Aberg would have scored that wrap around goal, St. Louis might have imploded.
  • James Neal landed a stinger on Alex Pietrangelo. That could have been ugly.
  • Let’s not make “Finn-tastic” a thing please.
  • Kyle Brodziak almost scored on Jake Allen. He might have gotten chased out of the Lou.
  • And the Blues score first. Welp.
  • Look at all those Nashville Predators in front of the net on the powerplay. IN FRONT OF THE NET YOU SAY?!?!
  • Oh look a powerplay goal after there were all those Nashville Predators in front of the net.
  • Jake Allen looked like he got murdered after that Mike Ribeiro powerplay goal.
  • Does anyone else feel high unexplainable anxiety when Rinne is behind the net with the puck and half of St. Louis is in front of it? Just me? No? Didn’t think so.
  • St. Louis has a case of the goal-post blues tonight. You’re welcome. I’ll be here all night.
  • Was that a St. Louis powerplay or a Nashville powerplay? Nice rally from the Preds.
  • I have to disagree with that Arvidson penalty, or Arvy in the box ever really. Let him live!
  • James Neal just destroyed Ryan Reeves.
  • Lavy mad.
  • How did we go from a dog pile on top of Jake Allen to the Blues scoring another goal.
  • The Preds thought they had the goal, they didn’t. Blues still up by two.
  • This game is getting desperate.
  • Welp, they tried.

OTF’s Super Duper Stars of the Game

  1. Mike Ribeiro: He scored the Predators lone goal on the powerplay.
  2. Viktor Arvidsson: Even when things aren’t going well he NEVER quits.
  3. Mike Fisher: The third period saw some great stuff from the captain.

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