The Predators are lauded for their top-4 defensive pairings. Not only do they commonly play great all-around defense, they often get into the offensive mix and score. Neither was the case during the series against Colorado. And, the worst may have been Ryan Ellis.
On the regular season, Ellis played 44 games but gained 32 points. He also kept opponents at bay, giving up only 11 high-danger goals all season. During the playoffs so far, Ellis has given up 6 high-danger goals on 20 chances. Even Avalanche goal scored during Ellis’s time on ice was in high-danger situations. No other defenseman allowed more shots or goals during 5v5 play in the series.
The defense as a whole struggled offensively. Outside of one player (whom we will discuss shortly), the top-4 defensemen gained 8 total points. All on assists, half of which were secondary assists. Ellis finished the series with 3 secondary assists and no goals on 14 shots. It certainly was not a great showing from the star defensemen.