Conference III Championship Belt Tale Of The Tape: St. Louis at Nashville, 6 March 2014
Tonight, St. Louis puts the Conference III Championship Belt on the line for the first time since before the Olympic break as they travel to Nashville.
The Tale Of The Tape:
|Nashville Predators||St. Louis Blues|
|Barry “No Neck No Mercy” Trotz||Coach||Ken “The Sansabelt Samurai” Hitchcock|
|Shea “Captain Fear” Weber (40)||Points Leader||Alexander “The Above Average” Steen (49)|
|Craig “Honey Badger” Smith (18)||Goals Leader||Steen (29)|
|Pekka “The Eraser” Rinne||Goaltender||Ryan “All-America” Miller|
|Eric “Not Nys” Nystrom and Richard “Dicky” Clune||Threero||None (yet)|
|Seth “The 28th Amendment” Jones||Rookie To Watch||–|
|2||Title Belts Won||2|
|2-2 as Challenger, 1-2 as Champion||Record In Belt Matches||6-1 as Champion, 2-0 as Challenger|
For the third time, Nashville and St. Louis — inauguraters of the Belt — square off for the strap. Both previous meetings were won by St. Louis; indeed, the Blues have lost but once in Conference III, a shootout loss to Winnipeg. Their current run with the Belt is now at 68 days, having won it December 28.
With Pekka Rinne’s return and Ryan Miller’s trade in to the Blues, both teams come in confident in their goaltending.
St. Louis, should the Blues retain, will have to defend the Belt repeatedly in the next week. If they win tonight, they’ll next defend the Belt Saturday against Colorado. If Nashville wrests away the strap, the defense will come March 14 in Chicago.