In a close series between the Nashville Predators and the Dallas Stars, the difference might boil down to each team’s top scorers. Tyler Seguin and company are performing admirably for the Stars, but the Predators have yet to get much out of Filip Forsberg, Ryan Johansen, and Viktor Arvidsson
That’s in large part thanks to the Stars’ checking line consisting of Andrew Cogliano, Radek Faksa, and Blake Comeau. Head coach Jim Montgomery tries his best to get the trio out against Nashville’s top line, and they’ve done a great job of shutting down the Nashville forwards thus far:
“For offensive players, they want time and space and they want to be able to carry the puck into your end to be creative,” Montgomery said. ”We’re not giving Nashville in general a lot of those opportunities, but in particular, those guys and the d-men that are out there against the Johansen line have done a terrific job of that.”
If the Predators want to consistently get past the Great Wall of Ben Bishop, they’ll have to get more out of their top line. Head coach Peter Laviolette believes that his players will step up and rise to the occasion:
“There’s a lot of confidence from me that not only that line, but others as well will be able to find a way to contribute,” Laviolette said. “I would think that they would agree that it hasn’t gone the way that they wanted so far. Knowing these three guys tells me that they will get it going and they will figure it out. They’ve been a real positive line for us for a long time.”
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While John Klingberg and Miro Heiskanen get most of the attention, never forget how great Esa Lindell is:
Wayne Simmonds and Brian Boyle will practice tomorrow, though likely won’t play. Then again, it is the playoffs, where players would play with a broken leg if they could:
Someone who definitely will be in the lineup tomorrow is P.K. Subban, who will not face any discipline for his hit on Jamie Benn in Game 4:
here is the hit in question. The second part of the video is a hit that led to a one-game suspension for Kucherov. pic.twitter.com/k5Kcdb9vZY— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) April 18, 2019
Around the League
Updated recap with quotes from RBA and seemingly every player imaginable, on a night where the Canes won a “hairy game” and head to DC with a best-of-three remaining: https://t.co/rUgy4LQMhX— x - Canes Country (@CanesCountry) April 19, 2019
The real question, of course, is which of these Blues goals was more impressive? The game-tying goal?...
...or the game-winning goal?
Golden Knights 2, Sharks 5: Hertl scores twice as Sharks stay in the hunt https://t.co/hVwimiyjQ8— Fear the Fin (@fearthefin) April 19, 2019
Down Goes Brown’s Grab Bag came early this week, including some not-so-comforting words for Tampa Bay Lightning fans:
Thursday Grab Bag: Offering up a list of Lightning and Penguins excuses. Plus thoughts on Kadri's suspension, Ovechkin vs. Svechnikov, Sharks/Knights trash talk and lots more. https://t.co/EUjtjqQ8zy pic.twitter.com/G0TdoOUd0u— Down Goes Brown (@DownGoesBrown) April 18, 2019
Speaking of the Lightning, looks like there won’t be any overreaction regarding their head coach:
“If I hadn’t re-signed Coop when I did. I would be trying to re-sign him now.” https://t.co/DZHHIkRIis— Diana C. Nearhos (@dianacnearhos) April 18, 2019
Now that the Selke finalists have been announced, who will end up taking home the trophy?
Is this the year Patrice Bergeron wins his NHL record fifth Selke? @THNJaredClinton looks at the case for each of Bergeron, O'Reilly and Stone, and asks why Sidney Crosby is on the outside looking in:https://t.co/XBF4jm42jQ— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) April 18, 2019
Speaking of trophies, we have our Lady Byng finalists:
The Lady Byng Trophy — awarded to the player who best combines sportsmanship and a high standard of playing ability.— NHL (@NHL) April 18, 2019
Here are your nominees for the 2019 #NHLAwards presented by @Bridgestone! pic.twitter.com/QFGThBoq91
Here’s a look at what Team USA might look like at this year’s Men’s World Championship:
Finally, what everyone already knew is officially happening — Steve Yzerman is returning to Detroit: