The Stat Line of the Night – 12/8/09 – Martin Erat

Martin EratThe Predators have been playing some good hockey this season, jumping out to a 17-11-2 record in the early going of the year.  Although the Blackhawks have managed to keep a decent distance ahead of them in the division, they look like a legitimate playoff team.  Thanks in large part to Martin Erat that is.

Erat’s hat trick last night against the Vancouver Canucks helped the Preds snap a 3-year losing streak to the Canucks in Nashville.  Erat also assisted the other goal in the 4-2 win.  He spread the goals throughout the game, scoring the first at 4:19 in the first, the second at 3:03 in the 2nd, and the 3rd an empty netter at 18:54 in the 3rd.  It was his 8th goal in the last 10 games and moves him to second on the team behind Jason Arnott in goals scored.  After a slow start, he has gotten red-hot and doesn’t look like he’ll be slowing down anytime soon.

Are the Predators a legitimate contender in the West?  It’s far too early too tell, but if Martin Erat keeps earning “Stat Line of the Night” with performances like this, the powers that be in the West had better watch their backs.

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