It would be hard to imagine a much better start with a team than the one forward Kyle Turris has had since he was traded to the Nashville Predators on Nov. 5. Turris, who came to Nashville as part of the three-team trade that had Matt Duchene go from the Colorado Avalanche to the Ottawa Senators, has 13 points (three goals, 10 assists) in 14 games since joining the Predators. The Predators traded defenseman Samuel Girard, forward Vladislav Kamenev and a second-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft to the Avalanche to acquire Turris. Nashville is 10-2-2 since the Turris made his debut in a 5-4 shootout win against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Nov. 11. But it hasn't just been Turris who has been hot since the trade. His linemates, Kevin Fiala and Craig Smith, have benefited as well. They were put together for that game in Pittsburgh, and In 14 games have combined for 37 points (15 goals, 22 assists). Turris said he knew Smith and Fiala would be a good fit for him stylistically but didn't know how good it would be until they started playing together. "I knew a little bit about them," Turris said. "I knew they were obviously good players. [Smith] has been around the League for a while, and [Fiala] was a first-round draft pick. But playing with them now, you realize how good of players they are, how much speed they have and the skill level and how fast they play. It's a lot of fun." Smith, who had five points (four goals, one assist) in 14 games before Turris arrived, has 12 points (seven goals, five assists) since they were placed on the same line. Fiala also has 12 points (five goals, seven assists) on a line with Turris after having six assists in the 14 previous games. Playing with Turris and Smith has opened room for Fiala to shoot the puck. "It's nice to play with both [Turris and Smith]," Fiala said. "I played with [Smith] last year already, and it's just great to play with him. So much speed. He creates so much offense with the speed, just a dog on a bone. And Turris is so good all over. Great passes, he can score. Both are very good, so I feel great." It was evident to the Predators the Turris line could be effective from their first game together. Smith and Turris combined for four points (two goals, two assists) and were generating scoring chances almost immediately.
Turris, Predators on the rise since trade
NHL.com | Dec 10