Though the entire game did not fall directly on the rookie’s shoulders, Craig Smith was definitely the talk of the game tonight as he scored his second NHL career goal, setting a Nashville Predators record. Smith has already gained a following with Preds fans, as he is not afraid to pressure the opposing team and enjoys shooting, rather than simply passing until the perfect shot opens up.
Although it was a good night for Craig Smith, the Predators were a little shaky with their moves and play tonight. Unnecessary and careless penalties caused problems during the game, leading the Blues to score and keep a close foot on the Predators. Luckily, with saves from Peks, a goal from Kevin Klein, and two from Leggy, the Preds managed to slip passed the Blues in their home arena and win 4 – 2. “We played a little rope-a-dope. We got great goaltending and won the game on special teams,” Coach Barry Trotz was quoted as saying about the game tonight.
Also, on another note, David Legwand carried the Alternate duties tonight due to Martin Erat being out for an upper body injury. He is scheduled to play by next Thursday.
With this win, the Nashville Predators are undefeated 2-0 for the season. The next game is this Thursday, October 13th in Nashville against the Coyotes. This is the Predators season home opener and is expected to sellout… as it should.