Carter Hutton registered his first NHL win as the Predators beat the Jets 3-1 in front of a capacity crowd.
Carter's parents and close friends were also in attendance. For Nashville, Eric Nystrom, Patric Hornqvist and Matt Cullen scored a goal each. Evander Kane scored the lone goal for the Jets.
Carter made his debut as Coach Barry Trotz decided to give his first choice goalie Pekka Rinne a rest. Carter didnot disappoint as he made 38 saves to keep the Predators on top. "They gave me the puck," Hutton said. "But I think the biggest thing we got was the two points."
"Playing behind Pekka, he's a world-class goalie, so when I do get a chance to play I need to find ways to win hockey games. That's what they brought me in for," Hutton added.
The Predators were not at their best during the game and had only seven shots during the second period. However, they made it count and scored three. Nashville have been on a good run as they have scored points in their last five games.
Coach Trotz said that his team got lucky on the day. He said that they didnot play to their potential but were happy to take the away win. "We got good goaltending. We feel we can play good team defense most nights and bend but not break," he said. "Hopefully we can develop the offensive part of our game."
The Jets will hope to get back to winning ways when they face Washington on Tuesday. The Predators will face Minnesota next, before facing the Jets again at home.