No Bones about it
We are starting to see the worth of the Predators’ biggest off-season signing. Nick Bonino played well during the season, but fan expected more from the Stanley Cup Champion. His 25-point season was the lowest of his career when playing more than 50 games. During the series against Colorado, Bonino shined through.
Bonino tallied two goals and three assists during 5v5 situations in the series, best of all Nashville centers. Additionally, he won over 62% of his faceoffs. What is really telling about how well Bonino played was the fact he was deployed in the offensive zone 32% of the time.
The Predators scored 9 of their 22 goals when Bonino was on the ice. He led the Predators in points per 60 (4.76) and individual goals expected per game (1.24) at even-strength. These stats are significantly higher than this season averages.
Compared to his play last year in the playoffs with Pittsburgh, Bonino is excelling. The Predators already have more high-dangers goals this year than the Penguins did last year with Bonino on the ice. With one more goal, Bonino will tie his former team’s output when he played. He is already paying dividends for the Predators.