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Western Central Standings

Team W-L-OTL Pts
15-7-2 32
14-6-3 31
14-8-2 30
13-9-2 28
13-10-1 27
12-12-0 24
8-10-4 20
7-16-0 14

2023 Stats

Plus-Minus Goals Scored For or Against Total
Time On Ice Per Game
Penalty Minutes
Regular Season 5 9 2 13:16 28

Top Cole Smith News

  • Predators' Cole Smith: Garners helper in win

    Smith logged an assist and six hits in Sunday's 2-1 win over the Sabres.

    Smith had the secondary helper on linemate Yakov Trenin's first-period marker. The assist ended a four-game point drought for Smith, who hasn't scored while adding four helpers over his last eight outings since a two-goal game Nov. 18. The 28-year-old winger is at nine points, 60 hits, 29 shots on net, 28 PIM and a plus-2 rating through 24 appearances. He's on pace for a career year, but he's mainly just a physical presence on the third line.

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  • Predators' Cole Smith: Two tallies including GWG

    Smith scored two goals, including the game-winner, on three shots while adding three hits and a plus-1 rating in Saturday's 4-2 win over Chicago.

    It's the second two-goal performance of the season for the 28-year-old checking winger, but those are his only tallies in 16 games, and he has only one assist. Smith won't add much offense, but with 42 hits already in 2023-24, he's on pace to top 200 for the first time.

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  • Predators' Cole Smith: Lights lamp twice in win

    Smith scored his first two goals of the season, including the game-winner, in Thursday's 4-1 victory over the Rangers.

    Both tallies came in the first period, and Juuse Saros never relinquished that early lead. Smith had only four goals and 17 points in 69 games last season, but the 27-year-old checking winger is off to a strong start to 2023-24 with three points through five games to go along with seven shots, seven PIM, eight hits, three blocked shots and a plus-2 rating.

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  • Predators' Cole Smith: Pockets short-handed helper

    Smith notched a short-handed assist, two shots on goal, four hits and two blocked shots in Thursday's 3-0 win over the Kraken.

    Smith sent a puck out of the zone, and Colton Sissons was the first to get to it on a short-handed breakaway for the Predators' first goal. After beginning the season on the fourth line, Smith was bumped up to a trio with Cody Glass and Gustav Nyquist for the second game of the year. The 27-year-old Smith had 17 points, 198 hits and 60 PIM in 69 contests last season, his first full NHL campaign. There may be some room to grow if he can hang onto a middle-six spot throughout the year.

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  • Predators' Cole Smith: Ready for training camp

    Smith (upper body) is healthy for training camp, Nick Kieser of Nashville Hockey Now reported Wednesday

    Smith missed the last seven games of the 2022-23 campaign. The 27-year-old established himself as a full-time NHLer with 17 points in 69 outings last season. If he can maintain his roster spot to begin 2023-24, Smith is projected to be a bottom-six fixture.

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  • Predators' Cole Smith: Could miss time

    Smith (upper body) is not considered close to returning to action according to general manager David Poile, Robby Stanley of 102.5 The Game reports Tuesday.

    Smith will for sure miss his second straight contest when the Preds face the Knight on Tuesday, though it sounds like it may be longer. With just one point in his last 11 contests, the 27-year-old winger's absence is unlikely to have a significant impact on fantasy players.

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  • Predators' Cole Smith: Out Monday

    Smith (upper body) will not play Monday against the Stars.

    As expected, Smith will miss at least one game after suffering an injury Saturday against the Blues. The 27-year-old has just one point over his last 11 games.

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  • Predators' Cole Smith: Suffers undisclosed injury

    Smith is dealing with an undisclosed injury sustained against the Blues on Saturday, John Glennon of reports.

    Smith's status for Monday's matchup with Dallas should probably be considered questionable at best, especially after the team opted to call up John Leonard from the minors. In his last 11 games, the 27-year-old Smith managed just one point and eight shots while dishing out 34 hits. If he can't play Monday, the aforementioned Leonard should be in line to replace him in the lineup.

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  • Predators' Cole Smith: Physical presence in loss

    Smith picked up nine hits in the Predators' 2-0 loss to the Penguins on Thursday.

    Smith was a huge physical factor Thursday, posting nine hits in his 16:34 of ice time. The American forward has been struggling offensively lately, scoring just one goal in his last 10 games. He should continue to occupy a third-line role moving forward.

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  • Predators' Cole Smith: Logs helper in overtime win

    Smith provided an assist and two hits in Sunday's 5-4 overtime win over the Ducks.

    Smith has collected three helpers and nine hits over his last five contests. The 27-year-old winger set up a Yakov Trenin tally in the third period of this game. For the season, Smith has 16 points, 56 shots on net, 164 hits, 54 PIM and an even plus-minus rating through 58 outings, mainly in a bottom-six role. His ice time has been on the rise with at least 15 minutes in five of his last eight appearances.

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  • Predators' Cole Smith: Assist and fight in shootout loss

    Smith notched an assist and a fighting major in Monday's 4-3 shootout loss to the Canucks.

    Smith made a quick impact on offense, setting up Colton Sissons' goal at 4:55 of the first period, just 27 seconds after the Canucks opened the scoring. In the middle frame, Smith dropped the gloves with J.T. Miller. Smith hasn't been one to back down from the rough stuff this season -- he has 52 PIM and 158 hits to go with 15 points, 54 shots on net and a minus-1 rating through 55 outings in his first full NHL campaign.

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  • Predators' Cole Smith: Garners helper in win

    Smith recorded an assist and two hits in Saturday's 3-1 win over the Blackhawks.

    Smith helped out on linemate Colton Sissons' empty-netter in the third period. The assist ended a three-game dry spell for Smith, who has held his own in a bottom-six role this season. He's up to 14 points, 54 shots on net, 157 hits, 47 PIM and an even plus-minus rating through 54 contests, providing a little depth scoring and a lot of toughness to the Predators' roster.

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  • Predators' Cole Smith: Hands out shorthanded assist

    Smith logged a shorthanded assist in Thursday's 6-2 win over the Sharks.

    Smith has a goal and a helper over his last two games after going without a point in his previous six outings. The 27-year-old winger fed Yakov Trenin on a shorthanded rush late in the second period for the Predators' fourth goal. Through 50 outings overall, Smith has 13 points (two shorthanded), 52 shots on net, 143 hits, 43 PIM and a plus-1 rating while logging bottom-six minutes.

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  • Predators' Cole Smith: Snaps six-game point drought

    Smith collected a goal in Nashville's 5-4 shootout win over Vancouver on Tuesday.

    Smith opened the scoring at 4:38 of the first period. He has three goals and 12 points in 49 contests in 2022-23. Smith was held off the scoresheet in his previous six games.

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  • Predators' Cole Smith: Inks one-year extension

    Smith agreed to terms on a one-year, $775,000 contract extension with Nashville on Monday.

    Perhaps most significant for Smith is that his extension is a one-way contract, so he can't be as easily moved between the NHL and AHL. Being on a two-way deal this season hasn't stopped the 27-year-old winger from logging 42 games with the Preds in which he has generated two goals on 47 shots, nine assists and 112 hits while averaging 11:45 of ice time. Unlikely to develop into a top-six offensive option, Smith should still be capable of recording 20-25 points per season and offer decent mid-range fantasy value.

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  • Predators' Cole Smith: Nets first career goal

    Smith scored a goal in Nashville's 5-3 win against Los Angeles on Saturday.

    Smith's marker came at 16:10 of the third period to put Nashville up 5-3. It was his first goal and 10th point in 40 games this season. That was also the 27-year-old's first goal in 49 career contests. Smith was held off the scoresheet for four straight games from Jan. 12-17, but he registered an assist versus St. Louis on Thursday.

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  • Predators' Cole Smith: Back in action

    Smith (upper body) will play Thursday versus the Canadiens, Emma Lingan of the Predators' official site reports.

    Smith will be back after a six-game absence. He'll be a direct replacement for Mark Jankowski on the Predators' second line alongside Ryan Johansen and Matt Duchene.

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  • Predators' Cole Smith: Not expected to return Wednesday

    Smith (upper body) isn't expected to play Wednesday versus Toronto.

    Smith has missed the Predators' last five games because of the injury. He has no goals and eight assists in 34 contests while averaging 11:50 of ice time in 2022-23.

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  • Predators' Cole Smith: Remains unavailable

    Smith (upper body) won't return to the lineup against Ottawa on Monday, Emma Lingan of the Predators' official site reports.

    Smith will be shelved for his fifth consecutive game due to his lingering upper-body issue. While the 27-year-old winger is still looking for his first goal of the season, he has chipped in eight assists in 34 contests this year. Once cleared to play, Smith should return to a bottom-six role where he could offer decent mid-range fantasy value, especially in formats that utilize hits.

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  • Predators' Cole Smith: Out Friday

    Smith (upper body) will not dress Friday against Washington, Emma Lingan of the Predators' official site reports.

    Smith will miss his fourth consecutive game Friday and there's been little update on his status. The 27-year-old can be considered out indefinitely until more information is available.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-3, 195 lbs
Birthplace: Brainerd, MN
Age: 28
Experience: 2
Shoots: Left