It oddly feels like Subban is flying under the radar right now. He may not be grabbing headlines, but he’s remaining very productive. His 59 points are one shy of his career high from 2014-15. He’s piling up the assists and has been critical on the Predators’ sixth-ranked penalty kill. That’s where he’s going to really make a difference in this series.
I’m at the realization that the Predators are going to take a lot of penalties. They’re aggressive and take a lot of chances, which leads to more penalties. Subban is going to be relied upon to stay sharp on the penalty kill. It could end up being the difference in making quick work of Colorado, or this series going the distance.
Another thing on Subban is what he’s doing on the power play. Almost half of his team-leading 43 assists came on the power play. To avoid a power-play slump in this series, Subban has to remain productive.