Saros' victory improves him to 3-0 in his career against the Golden Knights, as he helped Nashville to consecutive wins to end the unofficial first half of the season. Ryan Johansen also scored for Nashville, who ranks fifth in NHL in goals allowed at 134, and showed why on Wednesday. They also rank second in the NHL in goals against per game, behind the powerful tandem of Saros and Pekka Rinne between the pipes. The Predators will return from the All-Star break next Friday night in Florida to battle the Panthers. Meanwhile, the Golden Knights will return that same night on the road against the Carolina Hurricanes.
Elsewhere, the Washington Capitals continue to go in the wrong direction, and ended their first half of the season with a 6-3 loss on the road against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Nazem Kadri recorded his fifth-career hat trick to power the Leafs on their home ice, as they recorded their 30th win of the season. Kadri also added an assist on the night, which helped the Maple Leafs send the defending Stanley Cup Champions to their seventh consecutive defeat.
Auston Matthews, Nikita Zaitsev, and Mitch Marner also scored for Toronto, while Williams Nylander finished the night with three assists. Moran Rielly and Connor Brown had two assists apiece for the Leafs, who got 42 saves from Frederik Andersen, but still still sit 14 points behind the first-place Tampa Bay Lightning in the Atlantic Division. The Leafs' win snapped a mild two-game losing streak, as well as a four-game home skid. They had dropped four of their last six home contests and seven of 10 overall, but they will return on the road Friday night against the Detroit Red Wings. Alex Ovechkin did score to tie Sergei Fedorov for the most points by a Russian-born player in the NHL, but the Capitals will have to wait until Friday night against the Calgary Flames to snap their skid.