Nashville Completes Weekend Sweep Over Blues

Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN – Predators Score Late for 2-1 Win

Jaden Schwartz ends up in the goal along with the puck on a deflected shot by Tyler Bozak midway through the first period in Nashville Sunday. (Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

Nashville not only completed the weekend sweep over the Blues with a 2-1 win on Sunday but also now have swept all four games against the division-leading Blues on the season.

The Predators are fighting to get into a playoff spot and outbattled the Blues in back to back games this weekend. The Blues are trying to find something to get them back on track as they are now 2-7-3 in their last 12 games dating back to the last game before the All-Star break.

The Blues looked like the better team for most of this game as they controlled play throughout the game. They were strong on the forecheck, putting pressure on Nashville for the opening 40 minutes. St. Louis’ got back to their game of puck possession and cycling the puck which led to the Blues outshooting the Predators 25-12 through two periods.

What seems to have been lacking lately, was not tonight. The Blues had good puck support and didn’t struggle with zone exits or too many turnovers. It really felt like they had a chance to win this game.

In the end, it was a shot from Kyle Turris that caught Jordan Binnington by surprise for the game-winner with just over 2 minutes left in the third period.

Although he wasn’t tested as much as Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne, Binnington played a solid game. He came up with some big stops when Nashville had good opportunities. On the other side of the ice, Rinne was nearly impenetrable. He stopped 38 of the 39 St. Louis shots to backstop a less-than-stellar Nashville effort.

Craig Smith scored first for Nashville at 7:55 of the first period, but Tyler Bozak answered for the Blues 3 minutes later. That’s the way it would go until Turris finished things off.

GOALS

BIG SAVES

UPDATES

St. Louis hosts New Jersey and Arizona this week on Tuesday and Thursday respectively and travels to Dallas on Friday. This was supposed to be their last back-to-back matchup on the season, but the Anaheim game has been rescheduled for March 11th and the Florida game has been backed up to March 9th, creating a back-to-back as they will play in Chicago on the 8th.

Oskar Sundqvist is back in the lineup. Jay Bouwmeester is back in St. Louis. The outpouring of support for him from around the league continues to be impressive. Nashville paused to give their support before tonight’s game.

If the Blues can continue to play as they did in most of this game, they’ll get back in the win column soon. I keep saying it, but the forecheck and puck possession game is the way they have to play. They did that, for the most part, today, save but for just a couple of lapses. The defense was better as was evidenced by the low shot on goal total. It’s coming around. Keep the faith Blues fans! Let’s go Blues!

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  1. The Blues aren’t getting any breaks. Bad bounces, missed penalties and some pretty cheap calls putting us in the box add up. They out shot Nashville and were denied. I’m not loosing faith. LGB!!🎶🎶🎶🎶🎶

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