Predators end road trip with a 4-2 win over Anaheim
The Predators doubled Anaheim 4-2 to return home with 7 of a possible 10 points on their current road trip.
Craig Smith picked up two goals for the Predators, including his sixth and seventh of the season. Adding an assist to his totals, Smith now has 7 goals and 7 helpers on the season to take the lead in rookie scoring away from this year’s first overall draft pick Ryan Nugent-Hopkins of the Edmonton Oilers.
Colin Wilson and Martin Erat picked up the other goals.
Erat’s goal was scored on a penalty shot that was awarded to the forward during a Predators penalty kill, so the goal is recorded as a shorthanded marker.
Two defensemen got on the board for the Ducks with Cam Fowler scoring with under a minute to play in the first period. Francois Beauchemin picked up the second Anaheim tally.
While David Legwand was out of the lineup after leaving Tuesday night’s game against Los Angeles after an open-ice hit by Dustin Brown, the Predators welcomed Kevin Klein and Sergei Kostitsyn back to the lineup.
Patric Hornqvist’s scoring streak ends at 7 goals in 6 games. Initially, Wilson’s goal was awarded to Hornqvist but the official score sheet was later changed.
Only Alexander Radulov had a longer running goal scoring streak with seven games for Nashville. JP Dumont has also scored goals in six consecutive games for Nashville.
The Predators now have a day off on Thursday before getting back to practice Friday morning at Centennial Sportsplex. Nashville next hits the ice on Saturday night for a special 6 pm start time when the Montreal Canadiens are in town for the Predators 1000th regular season contest.
Saturday marks the start of a homestand which also sees the Washington Capitals, Toronto Maple Leafs, Columbus Blue Jackets and Edmonton Oilers all visit Smashville.