Blues vs Predators - The St. Louis Blues and the Nashville Predators return to regular season action Tuesday night as The Predators host the Blues at Bridgestone Arena in a Central division matchup fresh off the All Star game. Nashville sits 5th in the stacked Central division while St. Louis holds 3rd place and 4th in the NHL. Nashville enters Tuesday night’s game on a 4 game, all on the road, win streak. St. Louis has faired well lately as well, but has been unable to string together consistent wins.

 
Blues vs Predators - Blues in Rythm
Nashville’s recent success starts with goaltender Pekka Rinne’s outstanding performances recently in net. The 6’5” athlete has allowed only 1 goal in each of his last 4 games allowing the Predators to position themselves for a potential playoff spot. St. Louis comes into Nashville boasting a 3-0 record this year against the Nashville Predators. With newly acquired Ryan Johansen and goaltender Pekka Rinne playing in top form, Nashville hopes to extend their recent win streak and gain 2 much needed points in the Central division race.







St. Louis will be playing without top centerman Paul Stastny, but will hopefully be welcoming the return of forward Jaden Schwartz. Schwartz will be soon returning from a broken ankle that has seen him miss 45 games. He will most likely be lined with All Star Vladimir Tarasenko. Tarasenko and Schwartz have solid chemistry on the ice and Schwartz has helped contribute considerably to Tarasenko’s previous success. St. Louis is also coming off an extended break from play.

 

 
Blues vs Predators - Weber Clicking on All Sides
Nashville’s Shea Weber is making a strong bid for a Norris trophy this year as he has demonstrated throughout the season his ability to play both sides of the ice at the top level. Offensively he has 12 goals and 19 assists and plays quality minutes on every aspect of special teams as well. Combine him with fellow defenseman Roamn Josi and you have arguably the best 1-2 blue line punch in the NHL.







Coming back from the All Star break can be very challenging, especially for inexperienced teams. Teams have to find and create their own momentum. They must be able to jump immediately back into the swing of things, mid grind, and reignite the chemistry that keeps them scoring. The first games back from the All Star break are usually hectic and somewhat sloppy. The team that can mentally overcome the rust will be the clear front runner.