Nashville Predators: If the team wants to win, four players must step up…now

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Colton Sissons

Maybe it is the disallowed goal from the Stanley Cup. Or, it could be that he is starting in the offensive zone only 33.7% of the time. Whatever it is, Colton Sissons needs to score. We know he can. He notched 12 points in the playoffs last year. Sure, most of those points came at home, but the fact he did it in the playoffs is important.

The truth is, Sissons is a hot-cold player. When he does score, it usually comes in bunches. Since he is averaging the second most minutes at the center position, three points is not enough. Sissons has two goals on just 19 shots, creating a 10.5 percentage.

Maybe it is partly the combination of players on Sissons’ line. The combination of Sissons, Kevin Fiala, and Craig Smith account for almost 7% of all ice time for the Nashville Predators. Both of these line-mates are facing struggles to start the season as well. Still, they both have more points than Sissons.

The need for Sissons to make clean passes and find Fiala or Smith breaking toward the net is apparent. However, he is already halfway to his career high in giveaways. Let’s hope this changes. And soon.