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Smith leads Predators past Oilers, 4-1

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Craig Smith scored twice and the Nashville Predators rebounded from their first regulation loss of the season with a 4-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday night.

Shea Weber and Taylor Beck also scored and Pekka Rinne made 26 saves to help Nashville improve to 6-1-2 in the first game of a six-game trip.

Taylor Hall scored for Edmondton. The Oilers had won four straight after opening 0-4-1.

Smith opened the scoring at 6:23 of the second period when a rebound landed on his stick and he tucked it past Ben Scrivens for his second of the season.

The Predators made it 2-0 at 7:49 of the period. Colin Wilson spotted Beck get away from defender Brad Hunt and hit him on the fly for a goal into a wide-open net.

Weber’s rocket from the point added to Nashville’s lead 24 seconds into the third period. The play was set up when a turnover in the Oilers’ zone went back to Weber.

Hall ended Rinne’s shutout bid with 11:06 left. A big rebound on Ryan Nugent-Hopkins’ shot came to Hall, who buried his sixth of the season.

The Predators regained their three-goal cushion with 7:36 to play when Matt Cullen made a perfect pass on a 2-on-1 to feed Smith for his second of the night.

NOTES: Predators forward Matt Cullen made his season debut after missing the first eight games because of an upper-body injury. … The Predators are at Calgary on Friday night. … The Oilers conclude their seven-game homestand Saturday night against Vancouver. … It was the first of three games between the two teams this season, with the other two in Nashville.

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