Conference III Championship Belt Tale Of The Tape: Nashville at St. Louis, 1 February 2014

by J.R.

Tonight, St. Louis puts the Conference III Championship Belt on the line for the first time since New Year’s Eve when Nashville comes to town.

The Challenger: Nashville!

The Challenger: Nashville!

The Champion: St. Louis!

The Champion: St. Louis!

The Belt!

The Belt!

The Tale Of The Tape:

Nashville Predators St. Louis Blues
25-23-8 Record 36-12-5
6-3-1 Last 10 5-5-0
Barry “No Neck No Mercy” Trotz Coach Ken “The Sansabelt Samurai” Hitchcock
139 Goals For 181
168 Goals Against 122
David “The Original” Legwand and Shea “Captain Fear” Weber (38) Points Leader Alexander “The Above Average” Steen (45)
Craig “Honey Badger” Smith (16) Goals Leader Steen (27)
Devan “Deez” Dubnyk Goaltender Brian “The Brain” Elliott
Eric “Not Nys” Nystrom and Richard “Dicky” Clune Threero None (yet)
Seth “The 28th Amendment” Jones Rookie To Watch
6’1″ Average Height 6’1″
203 Average Weight 206
2 Title Belts Won 2
2-1 as Challenger, 1-2 as Champion Record In Belt Matches 4-1 as Champion, 2-0 as Challenger

These teams inaugurated the lineage of the Conference III Championship Belt and since then, St. Louis has lost but once in Conference III and that in a shootout. But the Conference III Belt is a hardcore belt and all falls and countouts and submissions and disqualifications are enough to cough up the strap.

Nevertheless, St. Louis set the record for longest run with the belt (now at 35 days, breaking the record of 31 days set by Nashville).

Both teams are coming off a game Friday night that involved some travel. St. Louis lost in Carolina and Nashville got a dramatic win against St. Louis. Carter Hutton saved the day so he likely won’t get the second start in as many days, which is too bad because he steps up when the Belt is on the line.

If St. Louis retains, they’ll next defend the Belt February 8 against Winnipeg in the last game before the Olympic break. If Nashville wins, they’ll travel to Minnesota for a defense February 6.

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