Not an April Fool's Joke: that pesky-but-reliably-sucky team in Nashville is in 2nd place in the Central Division.
Let that sink in for a moment. They've had ups and downs this season, but the Predators have ridden a young hot ... goaltender to the point where they could clinch a playoff spot this weekend. This is a pretty balanced team; 214 goals for, 214 goals allowed. Home record: 22-14-3, Road record: 22-14-3. If there was an award for symmetry, they'd win easily. The Preds have gone 7-2-1 in their last 10 games, and even in the past 4 that included the 3 losses, Pekka Rinne had a GAA of 1.95. Trotz has his boys competing hard every night.
None of that matters right now, though. All the Blues need to think about are 4 points; the two that we can gain tonight, and the two that they squandered back on 03/21. That needs to be the motivation to come out and play Nashville just as aggressively as they played Shitcago. Chris Mason has usually played his best against his old team, but has faltered somewhat this season in these situations. If he regains his form, and the players in front of him maintain Tuesday's intensity.... we'll be back in the playoff hunt. We'll be...
... a nod to Luv's request of something country-ish. As before, you can click on the title and listen to this in a new tab/window, or go to the Blip.FM link HERE.
Here's a key stat for tonight's game: we already know that the Blues have the best PK in the league. The Predators are currently 1-for-23 in their PP opportunities. As of Wednesday night, Kariya is out hurt, but Roman Polak and David Backes were expected to play.
Blues vs Predators coverage
This is also your pregame pre-party. The puck drops at 7:00 PM St Louis time, with the GDT dropping shortly before. Until then, gather here, remark on how you missed JK, Panger, and Bernie, speculate as to what they did on their night off, and hassle Uber-Douche Jordin Tootoo on his twitter account, @Jtootoo22.