The Blues won the big showdown with the Nashville Predators on Sunday at Scottrade Center with a dominant 4-1 win. The victory moves the Blues two points ahead of the Predators and solidly in third place in the NHL’s Central division. Alexander Steen scored the tiebreaking goal early in the second period, David Perron had a goal and two assists, and Jake Allen stopped 35 of 36 Nashville shots to get the win in goal. Vladimir Tarasenko scored his 37th goal of the season to open the scoring in the first period. Joel Edmundson closed out the scoring with a tally in the third period. St. Louis earned at least a point for the ninth straight game (7-0-2). Allen improved to 9-1-2 in his past 12 starts.
In the playoff race, the Blues lead the Predators by those two points. St. Louis has four games remaining, while Nashville has just three. If the playoffs started today, the Blues would avoid a matchup with the top seed Chicago Blackhawks. Instead it would be the Blues against the slumping Minnesota Wild. The regular season wraps up next Sunday, April 9th, so we will get our official answer to the Blues first round playoff opponent then.