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Nash Daily: Blues A Must-Win Game For Predators, NY-NJ Brawl It Out



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Losers of three straight, the Nashville Predators head into the biggest game of their season Thursday night at Bridgestone Arena against the St. Louis Blues.

The Blues have won eight of their last 11 games, earning some big wins over playoff-caliber teams like the Boston Bruins, Los Angeles Kings, and Edmonton Oilers. Conversely, the Predators dropped their last three games after a franchise-record 18-game point streak.

St. Louis is just six points back of Nashville, making Thursday’s matchup a big four-point swing for both teams. A loss would put the Predators just four points ahead of the Blues with just six games left in the regular season.

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The Predators losing streak hit three games Tuesday at Bridgestone Arena to the Bruins. Here’s the plus/minus reportfrom that game.

After scoring 12 goals and 23 points in 13 games in March, Filip Forsberg was recently named the NHL’s Third Star of the Month.

Collin Graf is one of the top free agents in the NCAA, and the Predators are one of a handful of teams he’s considering signing with.

Central Division Standings

  1. Dallas Stars — 47-19-9, 103 points
  2. Colorado Avalanche — 47-22-6, 100 points
  3. Winnipeg Jets — 45-24-6, 96 points
  4. Nashville Predators – 43-28-4, 90 points
  5. St. Louis Blues — 40-31-4, 84 points
  6. Minnesota Wild – 36-29-9, 81 points
  7. Arizona Coyotes — 31-38-5, 67 points
  8. Chicago Blackhawks — 22-48-5, 49 points

Wild Card Standings

  1. Nashville Predators – 43-27-4, 90 points
  2. Los Angeles Kings — 38-25-11, 87 points
  3. St. Louis Blues — 40-31-4, 84 points
  4. Minnesota Wild – 36-29-9, 81 points

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