As the St. Louis Blues return to Nashville for the second time this season, they’ll be looking to prove that their road struggles have been more of a matter of coincidence rather than a serious issue.
The St. Louis Blues visit Bridgestone Arena for the second time this season on Tuesday, and they’ve certainly got something to prove. Despite the fact that they have the second-most points in the Western Conference, the Blues’ road record might cause you to believe that they’re one of the bottom-dwellers of the conference. The Blues are 4-8-1 in their road whites this season, and after posting an impressive 4-0-1 record on their recent five-game homestand, they’re 1-2 through the first three games of a four-game road trip.
As they visit Nashville for a divisional matchup with the fifth-place Predators, the Blues will hope for better results than they had in their first game at Bridgestone on November 10. In the second game of a back-to-back, the Blues fell 3-1 as Carter Hutton started in his first visit back to his former home arena. It was the second game of a brutal three-game losing streak that has arguably been the low point of the Blues’ season to date.
On Tuesday, Jake Allen will start his fifth straight game in hopes of giving the Blues a strong chance against Nashville. After struggling to create offensive opportunities against the Minnesota Wild and the league’s best goalie through the early going, Devan Dubnyk, the Blues will hope to outperform a Preds scoring attack that has collected more than two goals in just one of their past four games after consistently putting together strong offensive efforts throughout the month of November.
After a frustrating loss to the Wild Sunday, there will be major lineup changes in store for Tuesday’s game. Let’s take a look at how those changes will affect things: