Filip Forsberg scored the go-ahead goal on a 2-on-1 rush at 5:48 of the third period of the Predators' 3-1 win on Thursday. The 26-year-old Swede's 167th career goal moved him past former Nashville captain Shea Weber into second place on the franchise's all-time list, trailing only David Legwand (210). "I thought the offense really kicked in and we got a couple longer shifts down there and played our best hockey in the third," said Forsberg, who led the team with 21 goals last season.
It wasn't only the new kids on the blocks for the Predators during their season opener Thursday. But some of the new players — Mark Borowiecki, Matt Benning, Erik Haula and Luke Kunin — accounted for seven of Nashville's 20 blocked shots during a 3-1 victory at mostly empty Bridgestone Arena. Borowiecki tied Viktor Arvidsson for a team-high three.
When Wild general manager Bill Guerin wanted a veteran center who knew what it took to win the Stanley Cup, he reached out to the Nashville Predators to acquire Nick Bonino. Guerin knew Bonino from his days as an executive with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Bonino helped the Penguins win back-to-back Stanley Cup championships in 2016 and 2017, and led the Penguins in assists in that 2016 Cup run.