Predators back alone in first place

29 December 2017 07:02:27 GMTPlus11

The Nashville Predators took care of business in St. Louis on Wednesday evening as they defeated the Blues 2-1 at the Scottrade Center.

Craig Smith and Calle Jarnkrok were on target for the Predators with Vladimir Sobotka scoring a consolation midway through the third period for the hosts.

The victory leapfrogged Nashville over the Blues in the Central Division standings and the Predators now lead by a single point over St. Louis and the Winnipeg Jets.

The Predators are 1.033 to win the Division, while they can be found at 5000.00 to top the Western Conference.

On, Friday Nashville travel to St. Paul to play the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center in the front end of a back-to-back home and home series that concludes at the Bridgestone Arena on Saturday.

Meanwhile the Jets were at the Bell MTS Centre in Winnipeg on Saturday as they got the better of the Edmonton Oilers for the second time this season.

Joel Armia lit the lamp twice with Bryan Little and Kyle Connor also doing damage in the 4-3 triumph.

The Jets have played two more games than the Predators, but like Nashville and St. Louis none of the three have been playing particularly well recently.

One good winning streak could significantly change the complexion of the Central Division, but none of the teams at the top has given any indication that such a streak is happening any time soon.

Winnipeg concludes their home stand on Friday with the visit of the New York Islanders and then heads to the Rogers Place in Edmonton for the final game of season series against the Oilers.

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