Mired in a five-game losing streak, the Nashville Predators can take solace in one of the victories they have managed this season.
Back on Oct. 14, they topped the St. Louis Blues 4-3.
Not only does that game serve as a reminder that the Predators can, in fact, win it also was proof positive that the Blue can be beaten. Before St. Louis fell 8-1 to Columbus on Wednesday, it was the only regulation loss that team endured in its first 12 games.
Nashville and St. Louis meet for the third time Thursday, when they face off 7 p.m. at Scottrade Center.
Their last encounter started the current five-game losing streak, which was extended Sunday with a 5-4 loss at Anaheim.
“This team cares; this team works hard,” coach Barry Trotz said. “Things aren’t going their way – they’re not coming easy right now; goals are coming easy for the other team and they’re not coming really easy for us. So our trust is a little bit off and we have to get that trust back.
“The only way to do that is to stay positive, have a really relentless work ethic and have as much detail in our game as possible.”
St. Louis made it look easy prior to getting blown out by the Blue Jackets.
The Blues had won seven in a row, including four shutouts – one of them 3-0 defeat of the Predators in Nashville on Oct. 28.
“They played a really solid, team road game,” Trotz said Tuesday. “They executed on their chances and we weren’t able to, and they came out with the win.
“They’ve done that, obviously, to everybody but us. The only loss they have is to us. They’ve shut out two teams lately and they’re just on top their game. They’re playing extremely well. Their goaltender is playing well. Their whole team game is good.”