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Saturday, February 1st (All times Eastern)

Nashville Predators (25-23-8) at St. Louis Blues (36-12-5), 8 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Nashville Predators will aim for their first three- game winning streak since early December when they visit the St. Louis Blues in Saturday's Central Division clash at Scottrade Center.

The Predators have won two straight and are 6-2-1 over their past nine outings, but the club hasn't won three in a row since Dec. 10-14 when it posted its second three-game win streak of the season.

However, Nashville, which enters Saturday five points out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference, has not fared well against the Blues over the past several encounters. St. Louis has won three straight and seven of eight in this series overall and the Predators have dropped three of their last four at Scottrade Center.

The Blues also have outscored Nashville by a combined 10-3 margin in taking the first two of five scheduled meetings in 2013-14.

After posting a 4-3 regulation win Tuesday in Winnipeg, Nashville recorded a 3-2 overtime victory Friday against the visiting New Jersey Devils.

The Predators trailed 2-1 heading into the third period on Friday, but David Legwand scored with 10.8 seconds left in regulation to tie it and Shea Weber scored his second goal of the game at 1:29 of overtime to deliver the victory for Nashville.

Weber shook off a back injury to score a pair of goals, marking his first two- goal performance since scoring twice in a loss to Chicago on March 31, 2012. He leads all NHL defensemen with 15 goals this season.

After David Legwand forced extra time by tallying with a little less than 11 seconds remaining in regulation, Weber -- a game-time decision coming into the contest -- converted on a 2-on-2 rush with Colin Wilson to give the Predators the two points.

Carter Hutton did his part as well by coming up with 24 saves, including a game-saving stop on a breakaway from Michael Ryder mere moments before Weber ended it.

"This was a real good win for the team," said Weber. "We found a way and battled hard. Tied it up and then we took our chance in overtime."

Nashville is kicking off a brief two-game swing tonight and will also visit Minnesota on Thursday. The Preds are 11-12-4 as the visiting team this season.

The Blues, meanwhile, will play the first of four straight on home ice this evening and they'll try to rebound after having a three-game winning streak snapped in Friday's road tilt against the Carolina Hurricanes. St. Louis boasts a 19-5-2 record at Scottrade Center this season.

Jeff Skinner recorded the deciding goal early in the second period and Anton Khudobin stopped 27 shots to help the Hurricanes down St. Louis in Raleigh.

David Backes scored and Jaroslav Halak made 28 stops for the Blues, who closed January with a 9-5-0 record.

"We looked like we wanted an easier game and we didn't get it," noted Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock.

The Blues enter Saturday's action two points behind Chicago for first place in the Central Division and four points ahead of third-place Colorado. The Blackhawks play this evening in San Jose, while the Avalanche are hosting Buffalo this afternoon.

02/01 11:47:56 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CAR 17
CLE 13
 
7:00pm Tonight
NYR
CAR
2nd
TOR 54
NYK 43
 
4:30pm Today
CLE
MEM
6:00pm Tonight
MIA
BOS
6:00pm Tonight
BRK
DET
6:00pm Tonight
SAC
LAL
6:00pm Tonight
ORL
PHI
6:00pm Tonight
WAS
PHO
7:00pm Tonight
MIN
IND
7:00pm Tonight
OKC
NOP
Final
UVA 76
HARV 27
Final
BGU 68
FERST 82
 
Final
ARMY 72
MAINE 69
 
Final
QUIN 60
ORST 52
Final
CLST 69
USF 65
 
Final
CARK 55
CCAR 72
 
Final
UWGB 66
ARKLR 46
 
Final
RAD 74
CORN 61
 
Final
UNT 62
CREI 58
 
Final
CAN 67
HC 48
 
Final
USB 67
GHND 52
 
Final
OKST 64
MD 73
Final
WINT 100
REIN 72
 
Final
UGST 68
SMISS 55
Final
NEOM 77
TXPA 72
 
Final
STLU 58
VERM 55
 
Final
UNCA 62
WCU 66
 
Final
EVAN 81
ALAST 63
 
Final
HART 82
FIU 69
 
Final
VALPO 82
GOSHEN 55
 
2nd
LIP 50
PEAY 43
 
2nd
DEN 33
BRY 33
 
2nd
MONT 52
SD 44
 
2nd
MTST 44
TENST 32
 
2nd
SAMF 37
LAMON 30
 
Half
SCAR 35
COKR 23
 
1st
HAMP 20
NARZ 18
 
1st
SDU 26
SDCHR 8
 
1st
BC 26
USC 24
 
4:30pm Today
NICST
TROY
 
4:30pm Today
BRAD
UCI
 
6:00pm Tonight
UGA
SHU
6:30pm Tonight
ALA
APP
7:00pm Tonight
KSU
NDST
 
7:00pm Tonight
WASU
SJST
9:00pm Tonight
UTEP
ALCOR
 
10:00pm Tonight
SEAT
SACST
 
6:00pm Tonight
DET
COL
6:00pm Tonight
EDM
DAL
7:00pm Tonight
BOS
BUF
7:00pm Tonight
NYR
CAR
7:00pm Tonight
CHI
TOR
9:00pm Tonight
WIN
PHI
Final
NOS 14
ATL 30
 
4th
HOU 25
BAL 13
 
Final
CAR 17
CLE 13
 
Final
CHI 14
DET 20
Final
TAM 3
GBP 20
 
Final
PIT 20
KAN 12
 
4th
MIA 35
MIN 35
 
Final
NYJ 16
NEP 17
 
1st
STL 3
NYG 10
 
1st
OAK 0
BUF 0
 
1st
DAL 0
IND 0
 
8:30pm Tonight
ARI
SEA