The Predators couldn't be happier with Martin Erat's recent production.

After an injury-riddled first half of the season, the veteran forward is fully healthy and on a hot streak going into today's game at Philadelphia.

"The last couple of games, I got my legs back," said Erat, who has five points in his last eight games. "The timing is also back so I'm hoping it's only going to get better."

Despite playing in only 35 of Nashville's first 51 games, Erat is still tied for fifth on the team in points (22).

He sat out a nine-game stretch after suffering an upper-body injury against Ottawa on Dec. 23. He had accumulated 11 points in the 11 games before the injury.

When he returned on Jan. 15 for a home game against Chicago, some rust was apparent. But it didn't take long to knock it off. The next night, at Chicago, Erat scored and went on to be a key contributor during a successful six-game road trip going into the all-star break.

"When Marty is going real well, he's not trying to get too fancy," Coach Barry Trotz said. "He plays north and south. He doesn't play east and west and try to be too creative. When he goes north and south, he makes quick decisions, shoots the puck more and heads to the net more."

Helping Erat is working on a line with Sergei Kostitsyn (28 points) and Marcel Goc (21).

"He protects the puck well and finds the open ice," Goc said of Erat. "It can't be one guy; it has to be the whole line. We all work together. But when he has the puck, he tries things. More often than not, it's going to work."