NHL.com: Preds pair picks up the slack

Saturday, 11.1.2008 / 1:33 PM CT / Features
NHL.com
X
Share with your Friends


NHL.com: Preds pair picks up the slack
Great friends off the ice, Jason Arnott and J.P. Dumont talked during the summer about the need to not just pick up where they left off last season, but pick up the slack left in the wake of Alexander Radulov\'s departure to the Kontinental Hockey League.
Great friends off the ice, Jason Arnott and J.P. Dumont talked during the summer about the need to not just pick up where they left off last season, but pick up the slack left in the wake of Alexander Radulov's departure to the Kontinental Hockey League.

So far, the linemates, who each had 72 points last season, have done a masterful job.

"It's tough to replace a potential 30-goal scorer in this League when you're not getting anyone in return for him," Arnott told NHL.com. "I think we've shocked some people by how much we are scoring."

Arnott, who missed three games with a broken ring finger on his right hand, has 5 goals and 4 assists in 7 games. Dumont has a team-high 13 points on 2 goals and 11 assists through 10 games. The Predators are 5-4-1 and were fourth in the NHL with 34 goals entering Friday night's action.

"You look around the League and a lot of the high scoring teams have a lot of high skill up front," Arnott said. "We don't have six top forwards. We pretty much have four (including David Legwand and Martin Erat). You really miss that fifth and sixth guy, and it has been difficult, but we kind of just go out and play and everybody chips in where we can. So far it's been great. Knock on wood we keep it going."

Amazingly, Arnott is on a better than point-per-game pace despite averaging roughly a minute and a half less of ice time than he did last season. He's playing 17:28 per game so far this season after playing 18:59 per game last season.

Arnott said he's choosing to keep his shifts short because it's early in the season and he's already missed some games. The Predators are also averaging nearly 15 minutes in penalties per game, and Arnott does not play much on the penalty kill.

"It was only three games that I missed, but you can really feel it when you come back," Arnott said. "If you don't keep them short you really feel it in the second and third periods. I don't want to get burned out right now. It's working out OK right now."

Author: Dan Rosen | NHL.com Staff Writer

SCHEDULE
 

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS
 

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
F. Forsberg 82 26 37 15 63
M. Ribeiro 82 15 47 11 62
R. Josi 81 15 40 15 55
S. Weber 78 15 30 15 45
C. Smith 82 23 21 11 44
C. Wilson 77 20 22 19 42
M. Fisher 59 19 20 4 39
J. Neal 67 23 14 12 37
R. Ellis 58 9 18 8 27
S. Jones 82 8 19 3 27
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 41 17 6 .923 2.18
C. Hutton 6 7 4 .902 2.61