Worst Game: Minnesota 6, Nashville 4 on November 16
This one was frustrating. Going into this game the Wild had been on quite the offensive slump. They were on a two-game winning streak purely because of their goalie Devan Dubnyk. When the Predators got off to a 3-0 lead, it felt like Nashville could put it in the win column.
Not so fast. The Wild stormed back into the game and scored four times in the last 6:56 to send the Nashville Predators home with the L. Nashville let two points that they should have had get away. You hope it doesn’t affect things down the road.
MVP: Craig Smith
When Craig Smith is on, he’s a very dangerous man. After three straight seasons scoring over twenty goals, Smith dropped to twelve in 2016-17. Many, myself included, wondered if he had a future on this team. He has silenced the doubters thus far in 2017-18, and his game went to another level after being paired with Kyle Turris & Kevin Fiala.
Smith scored six goals in November and has nine so far in this season. It’s the fastest start of his career by a pretty wide margin. His Corsi & Fenwick scores are among the best on the Predators. I remember saying during the preseason that the Predators needed a big season out of Smith, and it looks like that’s what they’ll get.