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Preds 3, Jets 2: The Morning After

Five things from Thursday night’s game…

- Craig Smith has had a great start to this season, and that continued on Thursday night. He scored the game-winning goal in overtime for the Predators to secure the 3-2 victory, which gives Smith two goals and five assists through 11 games so far this season.

“I thought [David Legwand] made a good play to me and put it on a tee. The emphasis in this room has been shooting the puck, and we did a good job of that and creating chances. I was the finishing touch right there,” Smith said.

- David Legwand notched two assists in the game, also raising his point total to seven points on the season so far, which is tied for the most points on the team with Smith.

- Viktor Stalberg was scratched along with Rich Clune for Thursday night’s game. Stalberg hasn’t registered a point yet this season after he was signed via free agency in the off-season by the Predators to come in and have a big role. So far, he hasn’t been given that big role. He’s spent most of his time on the fourth line.

“A little bit a lack of production. I need him to play a little bit differently. Sometimes you have to make a short-term decision for a long-term gain, and that’s what I did today. I felt it was very necessary. Having [Nick] Spaling move over to the wing, I didn’t know with [Mike Fisher] just coming back how his wind would be, how his injury would be. But he seemed to be fine. Those were the two thought processes in making that decision,” said Predators head coach Barry Trotz.

- Filip Forsberg returned to the lineup for the Predators on Thursday night and notched an assist on Nashville’s first goal by Shea Weber. It was a bright spot for Forsberg in the game, but he still has some things to work on.

“He made some really good plays in some areas, and some areas are still–He’s 19 years old. There’s still some stuff to work on with him, but he’s a good young prospect that’s for sure,” Trotz said.

- Patric Hornqvist scored his fourth goal of the season, which matches his total from all of last season. He’s started the season off well in the goal-scoring department.

3 Stars of Thursday night’s game…

1. Craig Smith, NSH… Smith scored the game-winning goal for the Predators in overtime and also had four shots on goal.

2. Carter Hutton, NSH… Hutton made 34 saves on 36 shots and was good in net again for the Predators.

3. David Legwand, NSH… Legwand got two assists on two very nice, intelligent plays that led to Nashville goals.

Post-game video…

Audio highlights from 102.5 The Game

Video Highlights…

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