Player Notes

  • Offers helper in loss
    Di Giuseppe registered an assist and six hits in Tuesday's 4-1 loss to the Predators in Game 2.

    Advice: Di Giuseppe didn't play much down the stretch, but he's been in the lineup over Vasily Podkolzin and Nils Aman through two playoff contests. In 51 regular-season outings, Di Giuseppe registered 10 points, 52 shots on net, 36 PIM and 94 hits. He'll likely stay in a bottom-six role during the postseason, if he's able to maintain his place in the lineup. Yesterday, 11:35 pm
  • Draws helper in win
    Zucker logged an assist, three hits and two PIM in Tuesday's 4-1 win over the Canucks in Game 2.

    Advice: Zucker has a goal and an assist over two playoff contests, already more offense than he had in his last eight regular-season outings (one goal). The 32-year-old winger looks set to stay in a middle-six role during the postseason. He should also see some power-play time, but the strength of the Predators' top line makes it tough to rely on their depth forwards for scoring. Yesterday, 11:23 pm
  • Gathers assist Tuesday
    Nyquist logged an assist in Tuesday's 4-1 win over the Canucks in Game 2.

    Advice: Nyquist set up Filip Forsberg's second-period tally, which was the game-winner. The 34-year-old Nyquist is playing the role of a steady playmaker on the top line -- he has two helpers through two playoff contests, and he's earned a goal and five assists over his last five appearances. He should continue to see ample ice time at even strength and on the power play, giving him plenty of chances to chip in with offense. Yesterday, 11:21 pm
  • Fills empty cage
    Sherwood scored an empty-net goal and added five hits in Tuesday's 4-1 win over the Canucks in Game 2.

    Advice: Sherwood put the finishing touch on the Predators' win to even the series at 1-1. The 29-year-old entered Tuesday on a three-game slump. He produced 10 goals, 27 points, 110 shots on net, 234 hits and 41 PIM in 68 regular-season appearances. Sherwood can chip in some depth scoring, but he's likely to remain in a fourth-line role throughout the playoffs. Yesterday, 11:18 pm
  • Haunts old team with two points
    Beauvillier scored a goal on four shots, dished an assist and went plus-2 in Tuesday's 4-1 win over the Canucks in Game 2.

    Advice: Beauvillier doubled his point total for April with this two-point effort. The 26-year-old began the year as a Canuck, posting eight points over 22 outings before being traded to the Blackhawks and then to the Predators. He had a mediocre 17 points, 105 shots on net and a minus-8 rating in 60 contests this season, but he's still seeing middle-six usage to begin the playoffs. Yesterday, 11:13 pm
  • Pair of points in win
    Forsberg scored a goal on three shots, dished an assist, added three hits and went plus-2 in Tuesday's 4-1 win over the Canucks in Game 2.

    Advice: Forsberg set up Anthony Beauvillier early in the first period and then scored a goal of his own -- the game-winner -- at 6:29 of the second. With three points over two playoff outings, Forsberg has carried his momentum from the regular season into the postseason. The 29-year-old has added four hits, six shots on net and a minus-1 rating so far in the first round. He's the star of the Predators' offense and a steady presence on the top line. Yesterday, 11:11 pm
  • Records helper
    Connor provided an assist, fired two shots on goal and added four PIM in Tuesday's 5-2 loss to the Avalanche in Game 2.

    Advice: Connor helped out on a Mark Scheifele tally in the second period. The assist gave Connor at least a point in his last 10 games -- he's earned six goals and 10 helpers in that span. The winger has four points, seven shots on net and a plus-1 rating over two playoff outings and looks poised to remain a fixture on the top line. Yesterday, 10:54 pm
  • Collects assist in win
    Colton registered an assist, two shots on goal, two PIM and five hits in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Jets in Game 2.

    Advice: Colton has a goal and three helpers during his active four-game point streak. The 27-year-old has also added some grit during the playoffs with nine hits over two contests. Colton remains in a third-line role, where he can chip in occasional offense in addition to a steady stream of shots and hits. Yesterday, 10:32 pm
  • Nets goal Tuesday
    Parise scored a goal on three shots in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Jets in Game 2.

    Advice: Parise's tally in the second period stood as the game-winner. He began the contest on the top line, but he saw just 10:46 of ice time and took some shifts on the fourth unit, including the one that resulted in his goal. The 39-year-old had 10 points over 30 regular-season appearances, so his contributions are likely to remain limited in the postseason. Yesterday, 10:12 pm