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Berube makes home debut as interim coach as Blues host Predators
Nashville Predators at St. Louis Blues
- These teams faced off in Nashville on Wednesday, with the Predators getting a 4-1 win. The Predators have scored at least three goals in 18 of their 22 games this season, more than any team in the league.
- The win was Nashville's fifth in a row over St. Louis, tied for the second-longest streak by the Preds over the Blues all-time -- Nashville won 14 in a row between 2005 and 2007. The Preds are 9-2-0 against the Blues in the last 11 meetings.
- Nashville had a pair of shorthanded goals in the win over St. Louis -- over the last three games, the Predators' opponents have had nine power-play opportunities, but Nashville has outscored them 3-0.
- Frederick Gaudreau scored his first career goal in the win on Wednesday, becoming the first Predator to open his NHL goal account since Samuel Girard on October 12 last season. It was the seventh time a Predator has scored his first NHL goal against St. Louis.
- The Blues are now 1-5-0 in their last six games. They had at least one power-play goal in 11 of their first 13 games, giving them a 30.8 power-play percentage. In their last seven games, they're 0-for-18 with the man advantage.
- Both teams have been stingy late in games -- they're two of just three teams (fellow Central Division rivals, the Jets, are the other) to allow only three goals in the final five minutes of the third period.
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ST. LOUIS -- Interim head coach Craig Berube's tenure leading the St. Louis Blues began with the same result that ended the Mike Yeo era -- a loss.
Filip Forsberg's shorthanded breakaway goal in the second period broke a tie and propelled the Nashville Predators to a 4-1 win over the visiting Blues on Wednesday night. It was one of two shorthanded goals the Predators scored against Blues, who are under new management after Yeo was fired after a 2-0 loss the Los Angeles Kings on Monday.
The bad news is that the cellar-dwelling Blues (7-10-3, 17 points) fell further behind the Central-division leading Predators (16-5-1, 33 points).
The good news is St. Louis gets another crack at Nashville as it hosts the Predators on Friday night.
"We know it's not going to happen overnight, building confidence," Blues center Brayden Schenn told NHL.com. "Obviously this team expects a lot more out of themselves as far as what we've (given). We're going to build it game by game. I thought we played a hard game tonight. We played fast, we competed for one another from the goalie out. If we do that on most nights, we're going to beat a lot of teams."
The Blues were able to take some positives from the loss.
Robert Thomas, a 2017 first-round pick, scored his first NHL goal in the first period to tie the game 1-1. The goal snapped a two-game scoreless streak that spanned 135 minutes, 27 seconds.
"It's obviously frustrating," Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo told NHL.com. "We had some really good looks offensively. I think if we start scoring those, you start feeling the puck, you start creating a little bit more pressure. I like the work ethic tonight, I liked the passion tonight. It's a step in the right direction."
Jake Allen made 29 saves for the Blues, who played perhaps one of their grittier games of the season.
"We got the passion back," Pietrangelo told NHL.com. "It was one of the more intense games we've had in a while and I think that started with our work ethic I think."
The Predators enter Friday's rematch on a three-game winning streak. Aside from Forsberg, Nashville got goals from Frederick Gaudreau, Austin Watson and Ryan Ellis on Wednesday.
The bigger note was the Pekka Rinne made 28 saves to earn his 320th career victory, passing Miikka Kiprusoff and become the winningest Finnish-born goaltender in NHL history.
"A long time ago, it wasn't even close to being on my mind," Rinne told NHL.com. "When I was just trying to battle my way into the League, these are the things you are going to wish for. It's pretty cool. When you're fortunate and stay in the League for a long time, you know you're going to face some milestones. This one, for sure, is a cool one."
Gaudreau said the Predators were expecting a tough challenge from the Blues.
"That was a huge win for us," Gaudreau told NHL.com. "When you have a new coach like that, everyone's fired up. We had to match that intensity and that energy and see that and I think we did."
Updated November 22, 2018