It’s been a rough past month for the Nashville Predators.
Banged up and still failing to meet lofty preseason expectations, the Preds lost P.K. Subban for over a month with a lower-body injury while James Neal and Colin Wilson have also missed time to injury. Ace defenseman Roman Josi is now out with a concussion, with no timetable for his recovery.
One of the bright spots, however, has been the production of star forward Filip Forsberg, something that was a major trouble spot early in the season. In 17 games going back to December 19th, Forsberg has 11 goals to bump his total up to 14. The total of 14 still isn’t the pace he’s expected to be on over a 82-game season, but it’s a much better pace than he had previously been on.
Flanking No. 1 pivot Ryan Johansen for a full season for the first time, Forsberg was expected to take off this season, his third in the NHL. Scoring 33 goals last season after burying 26 the season prior, the expectation for the 22-year-old was to rise to the level of counterparts Patrick Kane, Vladimir Tarasenko, and Jamie Benn among elite goal scorers in the Central Division. Instead, he was held scoreless to the first 13 games of the season and scored just three goals through the first 30 games of the season.
His run of late suggests that he’s back on track. Which is good for Nashville, which sits at third in the Central amidst a three-game winning streak. For good times to keep rolling in Nashville, Forsberg needs to sustain the run he’s currently on.