Filip Forsberg finally got into the Nashville Predators lineup on Tuesday, and he delivered in a big way as his team got its first win of the season. After missing the first two games of the season with a lower-body injury, Forsberg played more than 15 minutes against the Minnesota Wild and scored his first career goal. That goal pulled the Predators even, and was one of four goals in the game that was scored on the power play. Colin Wilson and Eric Nystrom also connected for their first goals of the season, and Pekka Rinne made 32 saves to help preserve the win.
Forsberg had one assist in five games for the Predators last season, after being acquired in a trade with the Washington Capitals that sent Martin Erat and Michael Latta the other way. He was the 11th overall pick in the 2012 draft and had displayed a scoring ability in Sweden before coming to North America. 2013 first round pick Seth Jones assisted on Forsberg’s goal, which gave him the first point of his career. Seeing those two players combine on a goal is a great glimpse of the future of the franchise, and this win could be the start of the Predators turning things around. The Predators added a handful of free agent forwards this offseason, but they need to make sure there’s a spot for Forsberg in the lineup every night if he can continue to contribute.