The Nashville Predators suffered a tough overtime loss in Game 4 versus the Anaheim Ducks, but that was not the biggest loss of the night. Center Ryan Johansen will miss the remainder of the postseason after suffering a thigh injury, according to reports.
Johansen is one of the keys for Nashville’s success this postseason, and led the team with 13 points in the playoffs. The Predators PR department confirmed on Twitter that Johansen had surgery to repair the injury.
An update on Ryan Johansen’s status: pic.twitter.com/Et2vuaR0GI
— Nashville Preds PR (@PredsPR) May 19, 2017
The most difficult thing is that Johansen talked himself into an amazing second round, only a few short weeks ago.
“I want to be a guy that’s counted on,” Johansen said last month before the start of the second round. “I want to be a guy that must perform for us to be successful. … It’s a fun time right now for me. It’s just a great opportunity for me to go out there and prove myself that I can be a top player in this league on the biggest stage,” via The Tennessean.
With Johansen down for the rest of the playoffs, the Predators chances of advancing to their first-ever Stanley Cup final are now slim. Their locked in a tough series with the Ducks, who have plenty of postseason experience. While it is not an impossible feat, the team is in need of someone to step up.
But how do you replace one of the better centers this postseason? That is the biggest question surrounding the Predators’ playoff lives. And it is not an easy answer, either.
But, Johansen’s toughness can never be questioned.
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