8:07 pm
November 11

Predators @ Blues

Who will WIN this matchup?

Nashville Predators (7-5-1)

@ St. Louis Blues (8-2-1)


Starting Goalies:

David Rittich (NSH): Confirmed

Jordan Binnington (STL): Confirmed


Current odds:

Nashville Predators: (+160)

St. Louis Blues: (-180)


The St. Louis Blues will look to extend their early-season roll when they host the Central Division-rival Nashville Predators on Thursday. The Blues have taken just two regulation losses in their first 11 games. They return home after a 2-1-1 road trip.

The Predators won 4-2 at Dallas on Wednesday night, making them 3-1-1 on their current six-game road trip and they are 6-1-1 in their last eight games overall. Nashville started Juuse Saros in goal Wednesday, so there is a good chance backup David Rittich could make his debut against the Blues. He missed the first month of the season due to COVID-19 protocols.

Since St. Louis goalie Jordan Binnington is coming off a strong performance in a 3-2 shootout victory at Winnipeg — 39 saves in the game, then four saves in the shootout — he figures to start against the Predators.

The Blues will be looking to re-establish their puck possession game after the Jets outplayed them for much of the Tuesday night contest.

The Blues made a roster adjustment ahead of the Nashville game, sending rookie Jake Neighbours back to the Edmonton Oil Kings of the Western Hockey League. They want the 19-year-old winger to continue his development while leaving him in consideration to play for Team Canada in the World Junior Championships.

The Blues recalled forward Dakota Joshua from their Springfield affiliate in the AHL to replace him. Also, forwards Brayden Schenn (upper-body injury) and Oskar Sundqvist (knee surgery) are nearing their return.

The Predators placed forwards Filip Forsberg and Nick Cousins on injured reserve Tuesday. Both are sidelined on a week-to-week basis with upper-body injuries. Michael McCarron and Mathieu Olivier arrived from Milwaukee of the AHL to replace them, and both played Wednesday at Dallas.

Nashville defenseman Alexandre Carrier exited the Wednesday game after being hit the back of the head by a slap shot. He is questionable for the Thursday contest.

StreakSmarter Pick
St. Louis Blues