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Erat Makes Instant Impact At Worlds

Friday, 05.11.2012 / 3:47 PM CT / Features
By Jay Levin  - Nashville Predators
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Erat Makes Instant Impact At Worlds

Martin Erat scored a goal and an assist in his 2012 World Championships debut, leading Czech Republic to a 6-0 win over Italy on Friday. Erat was added to the Czech roster on Wednesday and flew right out to Stockholm, Sweden for the remainder of this year's World Championship tournament.

With today's win, the Czechs improved to 4-1-0 (11pts) during this year's tournament, solidly in the top four of the Stockholm Group with two games remaining. The top four teams in both groups move to the Quarterfinals. Czech Republic closes Group Play with match-ups against Russia (Sunday) and Germany (Thursday).

In other Preds-related action at the Worlds today: 
 
- Craig Smith made his tournament debut with 15:03 of ice time in Team USA's 3-2 overtime win against Kazakhstan. Team USA currently sits in third place in the Helsinki Group with a record of 4-1-0 (10pts). The US closes Group Play with games against Finland (Sunday) and Switzerland (Tuesday).

  - Antti Pihlstrom scored the game's opening goal in Finland game versus Canada today, but the Canadians rallied with three second period and two third period goals to top the Finns, 5-3. Canada (4-0-1) moved into first place in the Helsinki Group, one point ahead of Finland (4-1-0). Finland closed Group Play against USA (Sunday) and Kazakhstan (Monday).

  - Patric Hornqvist, just added by Team Sweden yesterday, was not in the lineup for Swedens game today against Russia, a 7-3 loss, but is expected to play for the Swedes tomorrow against Italy. Sweden is 4-1-0 (12pts) through its first five games of the tournament with Group Play games remaining against Italy (Saturday) and Latvia (Tuesday).

  - Belarus (Andrei and Sergei Kostitsyn) and Switzerland (Roman Josi) both had the day off today.

SMASHVILLE CENTRAL

SCHEDULE
 

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS
 

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
F. Forsberg 82 33 31 1 64
R. Josi 81 14 47 -3 61
J. Neal 82 31 27 27 58
S. Weber 78 20 31 -7 51
M. Ribeiro 81 7 43 11 50
C. Smith 82 21 16 4 37
M. Ekholm 82 8 27 14 35
R. Johansen 42 8 26 10 34
R. Ellis 79 10 22 13 32
C. Jarnkrok 81 16 14 1 30
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 34 21 10 .908 2.48
C. Hutton 7 5 4 .918 2.33