Stat Line Of The Night — 11/8/11 — Niklas Backstrom
Stat Line Of The Night — 11/9/11 — Craig Smith
In a rematch of last year’s Western Conference first round playoff series between the Nashville Predators and the Anaheim Ducks, the Preds were looking for a similar result against their foes from California. They would get the result that they were looking for, thanks in large part to a player who wasn’t involved in last year’s playoff series.
In April of last season, Predators’ forward Craig Smith was still a member of the University of Wisconsin, but last night the rookie made his presence felt at the professional level, as he recorded two goals and an assist during Nashville’s 4-2 victory over Anaheim. It was Smith’s first multi-goal game and second three-point night of his career, and it earned him “The Stat Line of the Night” for Wednesday, November 9, 2011.