Nashville Predators 5, Carolina Hurricanes 2
Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN
Saturday, January 7, 2012
* Jack Hillen was the odd-defensemen out on Saturday night. It was his first healthy scratch since Mattias Ekholm was assigned to Sweden.
* The Predators are now 1-2-0 with Hillen out of the lineup.
* It took only 0:15 for Carolina to get the first shot on goal.
* Craig Smith‘s goal was his first in over a month. He scored on a remarkably similar play on December 3 against Buffalo.
* It was just Smith’s second goal in 25 games. Remember, he scored seven in his first 15.
* Patric Hornqvist had no goals on four shots in the first period. He finished with two goals on seven shots.
* Projected to be a power play quarterback coming into the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, how appropriate is it that Ryan Ellis‘ first career assist and goal both came on the man advantage?
* Speaking of the power play, Nashville went an incredible 4-for-5 on Saturday night. They are now the NHL’s second best in tha...