Ramblings: Landeskog, Girard, Chychrun Injured; Bounceback Predators Duchene, Johansen (Mar 13)

Ian Gooding

2022-03-13

Robert Thomas scored a pair of goals along with a pair of assists in the Blues' 7-4 win over Nashville in the early game of the day. Thomas now has multiple goals in back-to-back games along with a plus-5. In what appears to be a true breakout fourth season, Thomas is flirting with the point-per-game mark (48 PTS in 51 GP).

David Perron scored two goals himself, giving him goals in three consecutive games. He now has seven goals in his last six games and 12 points in his last nine games, putting his earlier-season struggles behind him. During one stretch through January and February, Perron had recorded just two points in 13 games. Hopefully you didn't drop him while he was slumping. Don't forget that he was also a point-per-game player last season.

Jordan Kyrou recorded three assists, giving him multiple points in back-to-back games. That gives him 15 points over his last 10 games.

In the end, these jerseys backfired for the Predators, although Ville Husso did yield four goals despite winning.

A stat that no one projected before the season: Matt Duchene has 31 goals. Duchene scored a pair of goals while adding an assist and five shots in a losing cause. Duchene has back-to-back two-goal and three-point games, has eight goals over his last five games, and is on a five-game point streak. With 57 points in 54 games, Duchene is delivering what the Predators had hoped when he was signed as a free agent to a seven-year contract with an $8 million cap hit. Having said all that, his advanced stats suggest some sort of regression, particularly in the goal department (19.6 SH%). Maybe a sell high, but I recommended that earlier this season and he still hasn't slowed down.

As weird as this might sound,