Conference III Championship Belt Tale Of The Tape: Nashville at St. Louis, 1 February 2014
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 Tale Of The Tape:
|Nashville Predators||St. Louis Blues|
|Barry “No Neck No Mercy” Trotz||Coach||Ken “The Sansabelt Samurai” Hitchcock|
|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||–|
|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.