This series needs more Dumont
J.P. Dumont, of course. Not Bruno.
Nashville forward Jerred Smithson took an elbow from Ryan Kesler in Game 4, and didn’t even make the trip to the left coast for Game 5. So now the fate of the Predators rests with J.P. Dumont, who draws into the lineup tonight to replace Smithson. On The Forecheck knows these are desperate times, and Dumont led the team in scoring in 2008-09 with 16 goals and 65 points.
So that means something, right?
Scoring goals requires taking shots
Shocking, I know. But that simple concept has been a problem for the Predators.
Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail observes that Nashville’s lone victory in this series came in a double-overtime game in which they registered 46 shots on Roberto Luongo, a total that was obviously helped by the extra playing time. In the other three games Nashville has four goals, and they’ve averaged a paltry total of just under 24 shots per game.
Vancouver’s hit parade
Leading the list of stray Canucks-related stats posted by Pass It To Bulis is this little diddy…
Maxim Lapierre is the current playoff leader in hits with a Wellwood-approved and Adams-certified 42. His closest competitor who is actually still competing in the playoffs is Shane O’Brien with 38, but immediately behind him are Kevin Bieksa, Alex Edler, and Ryan Kesler with 37, 36, and 35 hits respectively. That means 4 of the top 6 hitters this postseason are Canucks. It should come as no surprise, then, that the Canucks are leading the playoffs in total hits with a whopping 385 hits in 11 games. That’s 95 more than the Tampa Bay Lightning, who are second in that statistic.
Boston’s celebration is short-lived
We end on an item that’s not tied to tonight’s conclusion of the Predators’ season (boom! how’s that for a bold prediction?), but it will have a significant impact on the Eastern Conference Final. Here’s the latest on Patrice Bergeron from the Bruins Blog in case you missed it earlier today.
When asked if it were fair to assume that Bergeron would miss the first couple of games of the next series, Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said, ”I guess anything could happen, but that is the assumption I am operating under.”
Chiarelli confirmed that Bergeron sustained a mild concussion during Boston’s Game 4 win over Philadelphia when he was hit by Flyers forward Claude Giroux.
This is Bergeron’s third concussion over the past three-and-half years, so despite the clear importance of Boston’s upcoming games against Tampa Bay, a cautious approach is likely. He leads the Bruins in playoff scoring with 12 points, which includes six points over his last five games.
Bergeron’s absence means we’ll finally get a Tyler Seguin sighting in these playoffs. Dumont and Seguin sightings in one week? I can’t handle it. What will these playoffs possibly throw at us next?