Clune's first goal ensures he won't be last Predator to score

It’s down to a trio of defensemen.

Rich Clune became the 18th different Nashville Predators’ player (the 14th forward) to score a goal this season with a first-period tally in Tuesday’s 4-1 victory over the New York Rangers.

Not only was it the game-winner and his first point of the season, it got him out of a small group of players who have appeared in at least 10 games and have not scored a goal. Two others, forward Taylor Beck and defenseman Joe Piskula, appeared in just two games without a goal.

Nashville players who have appeared in at least 10 games without a goal:

Kevin Klein, defenseman – 29 games
Victor Bartley, defenseman – 25 games
Mattias Ekholm, defenseman – 21 games

Clune later added an assist for the second multi-point game of his career. The last was Feb. 13. 2010, when he had a pair of assists for the Los Angeles Kings.

That left Klein and Bartley, among Predators regulars, at the bottom of the team’s scoring list. Each has just one assist, three fewer than Ekholm.

Nashville’s next game is Thursday at home against Dallas (7 p.m., Fox Sports-Tennessee).