For the Predators much of their offense at forward is supposed to come from Craig Smith. He has speed he has deft hands and he has solid offensive instincts.

Since his rookie year Smith has yet to put this all together consistenly.

But he did so Tuesday against the Florida Panthers spearheading the Predators’ attack in their 4-3 victory in front of a crowd of 15935 at Bridgestone Arena.

Smith scored a goal and added an assist Tuesday giving him a total of one goal and three assists through six games this season.

Last season it took the 24-year-old Smith 20 games to notch four points. That also was how long it took for him to score a goal. Compare that to his rookie season when he had 36 points in 72 games.

The victory guarantees the Predators (3-3-0) will have a winning homestand. They are currently 3-1-0 in four games at Bridgestone Arena. Nashville has one home game left in this stretch Thursday against the Los Angeles Kings.

Smith put Nashville up 3-2 just 1:22 into the third period. He put in a rebound off a shot by forward Gabriel Bourque for his second point of the night.

With 7:12 left in the second period Smith found forward Mike Fisher with a cross-ice pass. Fisher then slipped a backhand under Florida goaltender Jacob Markstrom to make it 2-1 Nashville .