The pairing of J.P. Dumont and Joel Ward were outstanding for the Predators on this four-game road trip. The duo combined to post six goals and 11 points in the four games, with a game-winning goal (Dumont at Phoenix) and an overtime forcing goal (Ward at Anaheim). Either Dumont or Ward figured in the scoring of seven of Nashville's 11 goals on the trip, helping the team pick up points in all four games.
Dumont opened the trip with a dominant performance at Phoenix, netting the game-winning goal while attempting 10 shots and creating several quality scoring chances as the Preds shutout the Coyotes 2-0 to snap a three-game winless slide. He followed that up with back-to-back multi-point outings at Los Angeles and Anaheim, before assisting on Nashville's first goal tonight to finish the trip with two goals and four assists, 16 shots on goal, and a +3 plus/minus rating.
Ward was scoreless in the road trip opener, but rebounded to score goals in each of the last three games on the trip, including his third career multi-goal game last night at Anaheim. His second goal against the Ducks tied the game with just 2:45 remaining in regulation and allowed the Preds to pick up a key overtime point.
With Dumont and Ward leading the way the Predators picked up six of a possible eight points on its West Coast road trip and moved from 10th place in the Western Conference standings into a tie for seventh place – three points ahead of the three teams tied for ninth.