Nashville Predators (24-12-3, second in the Central) vs. St. Louis Blues (22-11-5, third in the Central)
St. Louis; Monday, 8 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: St. Louis hosts the Nashville Predators after Ryan O'Reilly scored two goals in the Blues' 6-5 loss to the Maple Leafs.
The Blues are 8-4-2 against the rest of their division. St. Louis is fourth in the NHL averaging 6.2 assists per game, led by Robert Thomas with 0.8.
The Predators are 9-2-1 against opponents from the Central. Nashville is sixth in the Western Conference recording 8.5 points per game, averaging 3.1 goals and 5.4 assists.
In their last meeting on Nov. 11, Nashville won 4-3. Matt Duchene scored a team-high two goals for the Predators in the victory.
TOP PERFORMERS: Jordan Kyrou has 39 total points for the Blues, 14 goals and 25 assists. Pavel Buchnevich has 12 points over the last 10 games for St. Louis.
Roman Josi leads the Predators with 39 points, scoring 13 goals and adding 26 assists. Filip Forsberg has five goals and three assists over the last 10 games for Nashville.
LAST 10 GAMES: Blues: 7-3-0, averaging 3.7 goals, 6.1 assists, 3.3 penalties and 7.7 penalty minutes while giving up 2.6 goals per game with a .920 save percentage.
Predators: 6-2-2, averaging 3.5 goals, 6.2 assists, 5.8 penalties and 16.1 penalty minutes while allowing 2.7 goals per game with a .925 save percentage.
INJURIES: Blues: Brayden Schenn: out (health protocols), David Perron: out (health and safety protocols), Logan Brown: day to day (illness), Pavel Buchnevich: out (health and safety protocols), Colton Parayko: out (health protocols), Vladimir Tarasenko: out (health and safety protocols).
Predators: Filip Forsberg: out (health and safety protocols), Thomas Novak: out (health protocols), Mattias Ekholm: out (covid-19).
The Associated Press