PREDATORS MAINTAIN CUSHION ATOP NHL STANDINGS . . .
Shea Weber had one goal and two assists, including an assist on Filip Forsberg’s game-winning goal, to power the Nashville Predators to their fourth consecutive victory and a 6-1-0 mark in their past seven contests.
* The Predators became the first team to reach 80 points this season. They continue to hold a three-point edge on the Anaheim Ducks and a four-point advantage on the Central Division rival St. Louis Blues for first place in the NHL.
* Weber registered his second three-point game of the season (three assists Nov. 18 at the Toronto Maple Leafs) and 11th of his career. He ranks fourth on the Predators and shares sixth among NHL defensemen with 39 points in 55 games.
* Forsberg scored his 19th goal of the season to set a Predators record for most goals by a rookie, breaking the previous mark of 18 (Alexander Radulov, 2006-07). Forsberg has 13 multipoint games this season and leads all rookies in goals, assists (31), points (50) and plus/minus (plus-22) in 55 games.
* Pekka Rinne stopped 32 shots, including one with his head in the third period, to earn his 13th win in his last 15 games (13-1-1). He leads the NHL with 32 wins and a 1.99 goals-against average while his .930 save percentage ranks second behind the Montreal Canadiens' Carey Price (.933).