The Nashville Predators will have to move on without their first-line center for the remainder of the NHL Playoffs. Ryan Johansen suffered a thigh injury that will require surgery and will indeed be out for the remainder of the postseason, the team announced.
An update on Ryan Johansen's status: pic.twitter.com/Et2vuaR0GI
— Nashville Preds PR (@PredsPR) May 19, 2017
The 24-year-old center saw 31 shifts during Thursday’s Game 4 home loss to the Anaheim Ducks and registered a plus-1 net rating, his fourth straight game doing so. Johansen kicked off the Western Conference Final by assisting on a pair of goals in the first game of the series, which resulted in a 3-2 overtime win in Anaheim. He recorded his first goal of the series and added another helper in the 5-3 loss in Game 2.
Johansen’s postseason comes to an end with three goals and 10 assists to his credit, as well as only one game being negative in the plus-minus category. That all comes on the heels of a 61-point campaign across 14 goals and 47 assists over a full 82-game stint in the regular season.
In 42 games with the Predators last season — Johansen was traded by the Columbus Blue Jackets — he tallied 34 points, and eight more in the playoffs.
Without their leading scorer in the postseason, Nashville will look for the point production to filter through the likes of Filip Forsberg, Roman Josi, Ryan Ellis and Viktor Arvidsson — four skaters who have reached the double-digit mark in the playoffs.
After letting Game 4 slip through its hands and missing the chance to take a 3-1 lead, Nashville heads to Anaheim for Game 5 on Saturday.