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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

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STANDINGS
 

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 55 35 16 4 153 127 74
2 DAL 52 33 14 5 169 137 71
3 STL 54 29 17 8 128 128 66
4 LAK 51 31 17 3 135 117 65
5 SJS 50 27 19 4 145 132 58
6 COL 54 27 23 4 146 148 58
7 NSH 52 24 20 8 130 137 56
8 ANA 49 24 18 7 106 113 55
9 MIN 51 23 19 9 126 122 55
10 ARI 51 24 21 6 136 156 54
11 VAN 51 20 19 12 119 138 52
12 CGY 49 22 24 3 129 145 47
13 WPG 50 22 25 3 129 143 47
14 EDM 52 21 26 5 130 151 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Josi 52 10 27 -4 37
S. Weber 52 13 20 -6 33
J. Neal 52 18 13 16 31
M. Ribeiro 52 6 25 1 31
F. Forsberg 52 14 16 -9 30
M. Ekholm 52 6 16 1 22
R. Ellis 51 6 15 0 21
C. Smith 52 11 6 -1 17
C. Wilson 36 4 12 0 16
C. Jarnkrok 51 8 7 -3 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 19 17 7 .903 2.51
C. Hutton 5 2 1 .916 2.36