Saturday, December 17, 2011

Preds host Blues in Central Division showdown

The Nashville Predators and St. Louis Blues will square off tonight at Bridgestone Arena. Both teams are riding four-game winning streaks coming into the game, so something has to give.

St. Louis has been playing particularly well in their past 10 games, going 8-1-1 in that time span. The Blues will be a tough challenge for the Predators.

"They're probably one of the best teams in the league. They're playing really well right now. They're pretty skilled, they have good size and they're playing as well as Detroit right now so they're going to be a unique challenge. We've got to be ready. It's going to be a tough battle," said Predators centerman Mike Fisher.

Ken Hitchcock has really given new life to the Blues, who currently sit in 5th place in the Western Conference with 39 points. Nashville could pull within one point of the Blues tonight with a win in regulation.

"I feel like we're playing better. We've made some improvements and we definitely have been good at home this week. We've got to keep going. We know how tough the West is, so hopefully we can keep rolling at home. We've got a good schedule this month, and we have to take advantage of it," Fisher said.

My player to watch for the Blues is Alexander Steen. Steen leads the Blues in points with 21, and is a tenacious forward for the opposition to play against. The Blues don't have any offensive superstars, but they have four lines that are capable of putting the puck in the net.

For Nashville, my player to watch is David Legwand. Legwand is a key two-way forward for the Predators, and they will need him to be effective on both sides of the ice tonight.

(Photo Credit: Leanne Charles)