It didn't take long for Nashville's new additions to chip in. During Nashville's 3-1 victory over the Florida Panthers, left wing Andrei Kostitsyn scored a goal, while center Paul Gaustad and defenseman Hal Gill both had assists. Kostitsyn also notched an assist.
There were some questions on how both Gaustad and Kostitsyn would fit in after the trade deadline. Kostitsyn didn't record a point in his Nashville debut. But both seemed to have their roles down pat in their win over Florida. Gaustad also won 68 percent of his faceoffs.
When Nashville lost the second part of its back-to-back on Tuesday at Carolina, there was some question as to whether it was fatigue or something more symptomatic. The Predators allayed those fears with a decent defensive performance and relying on goalie Pekka Rinne to provide the rest of the stops.
Though the game was against an Eastern Conference foe, it was important to Nashville's upcoming stretch of games. The Predators have a three-game homestand...