Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne silenced the St. Louis Blues earlier this season by recording a pair of victories after turning aside 63 of the 64 shots he faced. Rinne aims to keep the Blues under his thumb as the first-place Predators host their Central Division rival for the first time this season when they open a four-game homestand on Tuesday.

Rinne drew rave reviews from his teammates after helping Nashville improve to 10-1-3 in its last 14 games, making a season-high 47 saves and thwarting all three shootout attempts in Saturday's 3-2 win over Montreal. "He was there all night long, making these post-to-post ,cross-ice saves. He was phenomenal," center Ryan Johansen said of Rinne. Kyle Brodziak contributed to the 35-year-old Finn's lone blemish versus St. Louis when he set up Vladimir Sobotka in the third period of a 2-1 setback on Dec. 27. The 33-year-old Brodziak also scored in St. Louis' 4-1 setback versus Pittsburgh on Sunday, giving him two goals in three contests on the heels of a 14-game goal drought.


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TV: 8 p.m. ET, FS Midwest (St. Louis), FS Tennessee (Nashville)

ABOUT THE BLUES (34-21-3): Carter Hutton could draw the start against his former team after making 23 saves in a 6-1 rout of Colorado on Thursday. The 32-year-old owns a sparkling 15-5-1 mark with a 1.70 goals-against average and .944 save percentage this season, although he was saddled with the hard-luck loss despite turning aside 26 of 27 shots in a 2-0 setback versus Nashville on Nov. 24. St. Louis would benefit greatly in finding a spark from its 28th-ranked power play, which has mustered just one goal this month.

ABOUT THE PREDATORS (33-12-9): Mike Fisher skated on a line with Colton Sissons and Miikka Salomaki on Monday in his first practice session since he announced he was coming out of retirement on Jan. 31. "I think like anything else, it's a little bit of muscle memory and getting back in shape and feeling good," the 37-year-old Fisher said. "It just takes time. Because it's been so long in the past however many months, I actually feel better than I thought I would at this point." Fellow veteran Scott Hartnell followed up his two-assist performance at Ottawa on Thursday with eighth goal, moving him within one point of 700 for his career.

OVERTIME

1. St. Louis RW Vladimir Tarasenko, who will be skating in his 400th career game on Tuesday, recorded five points in his previous five encounters versus Nashville before being held off the scoresheet in each meeting this season.

2. The Predators went 0-for-10 on the power play during their road trip.

3. The Blues have posted a 10-6-1 mark in their last 17 trips to Music City.

PREDICTION: Blues 3, Predators 2