The Nashville Predators (2-1) had their home opener Thursday night at Bridgestone Arena against the Dallas Stars (1-0) for a Western Conference Central Division showdown. The Predators were fresh off two wins in Prague over the San Jose Sharks in the NHL’s Global Series.
The Stars opened the scoring early just 2:31 into the game on a shot from Mason Marchment when he broke through Nashville defenders and put it home right in front of Predators goalie Juuse Saros. Tyler Seguin picked up the assist. Early on, Dallas was able to control the puck for a good chunk of the time, limiting Nashville’s shots on goal. Filip Forsberg had a great chance when he got the puck on his stick after a pass from a teammate, but Dallas goalie Jake Oettinger came up clutch grabbing it in his glove and keeping it 1-0 Dallas. About midway through the period, the Predators got their first crack at the power play when Dallas’ Miro Heiskanen went off for tripping. But unfortunately, the Predators couldn’t even it up on the man advantage. The Stars made it 2-0 on the power play with Nashville’s Kiefer Sherwood serving a too many men penalty for the Predators. The shot came from a corner up close in front of Saros from Marchment for his second of the night with the assist to Nils Lundkvist with just over a minute left in the period, and the Stars would take a 2-0 lead into the locker room. Dallas also took a 12-9 lead in shots on goal after the first period.