The puck ricocheted off Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano skate and directly to the open Simmonds. He quickly gained control and snapped a shot past goalie John Gibson for the Flyers’ second victory in three games.
“It’s tough playing out west, there’s a lot of big bodies,” Simmonds said.
“For us we just wanted to use our speed and keep skating and skating and skating. We came away with two points so we accomplished our goal.”
Assisting on the goal and earning his first NHL point was Nolan Patrick, the second-overall pick this summer.
The road trip aside, most expect Nashville to contend for the Central Division title and perhaps make another playoff run. While the Predators lost James Neal to Vegas in the expansion draft and captain Mike Fisher to retirement, the team flashed great organizational depth last spring in the playoffs.
Nashville added Nick Bonino, winner of consecutive Stanley Cups with Pittsburgh, to fortify the center position before Fisher retired. Winger Scott Hartnell was also signed from The Best Cheap Jerseys the Columbus Blue Jackets to add depth scoring and another veteran presence in the locker room.
Otherwise, the Predators are sticking with the young core that Wholesale Cheap Jerseys China got them to Game 6 of the Finals last spring. That includes Kevin Fiala, who broke his leg in Game 1 of the conference semifinals against St. Louis just as he was making a name for himself. Fiala missed the Saturday night game with an upper-body injury, although he skated at practice Monday.