The Blues won another close, one-goal game last night against the Nashville Predators, though unfortunately it was in the shootout. Letting a one goal lead slip away close to the end of the third period is always rough, especially when you explode for four goals in the second period, but last night the team had an excuse for looking winded. The Blues lost Patrik Berglund for the night when he hit his shoulder hard into the boards finishing a check, and then they lost key centerman Jori Lehtera after he was ridden into the boards by Mike Fisher. Neither may play tonight against the Hurricanes, which will be rough for a team who played extra time last night.
The Blues beat the 'Canes 5-4 in overtime earlier this month as part of a 6-0-1 homestand. The Blues have points in eight games straight. The Hurricanes are on a two game winning streak, with victories over Ottawa and Toronto. Tonight should be a good one, with Jake Allen starting in net for the first time since a 4-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers. Will the Blues pick up a couple more points on the Predators to help narrow the gap?
This is your morning open thread. Check back later on for your preview and GDT, and probably a posting from Brad reminding everyone about the Game Time anniversary party tonight at Hot Shots. While you're waiting, check out Canes Country and give those nice people grief about how you think it's weird that their mascot is a pig because that's what they eat before games.
Seriously, though, pre-game tailgating with your mascot is cool. Pre-game tailgating *eating* your mascot is a bit different.