After a seven-game, 17-day road trip that ended in a four-game losing streak, the Predators found the comforts of home ice to be the cure for their offensive woes.

Nashville scored a season-high seven goals to defeat the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks 7-2 on Saturday night at Bridgestone Arena.

After scoring just two goals in their past four games, the Predators scored two goals in the first 8:25 of their first home game since Oct. 26.

Matt Cullen and Nick Spaling each found the net with wrist shots to give Nashville the early advantage, and that was enough momentum to carry the Predators through the evening.

Predators coach Barry Trotz said grabbing the early lead was crucial for a team that was reeling from a tough road trip and in search of a confidence boost.

“If they scored first, you go ‘here we go again’ and they would have the momentum and the Chicago fans are going crazy and the arena gets really quiet,” Trotz said.

There was a large Blackhawks contingent among the 17,113 in attendance, but Predators captain Shea Weber said that coming home to a mostly friendly atmosphere was important to the team’s success.

“We love playing here,” Weber said. “We used all the energy from our crowd. They are great and some of the best in the league.”

Craig Smith (one goal, two assists) led an offensive charge for the Predators that featured seven goal scorers.