Ribeiro was assessed a 10-minute misconduct penalty for the second straight game Monday against Nashville. The Predators suffered their third straight shutout loss at the hands of the Rangers, and Ribeiro's emotions got the better of him late in the game. Clearly frustrated by his lack of production and the team's poor play, Ribeiro played 19:42 before exiting the game for verbally abusing the officials, and head coach Peter Laviolette said after the game that Ribeiro's recent antics would be handled "internally." It remains to be seen what sort of punishment, if any, will be levied on Ribeiro by the team. Sitting him might make the Predators' scoring woes even worse, but clearly something needs to be done to snap the team out of its funk.
Ribeiro had a goal and an assist in Saturday's win over the Jets, snapping a eight-game stretch without a goal. Breaking the slump is huge for Ribeiro, who has not been as productive as he was last year. Owners will hope that he can carry the momentum into games where the Preds don't rout the opposition 7-0.
Ribeiro was held off the scoresheet Thursday against the Maple Leafs. He now has just two assists in his last seven games. Ribeiro had a banner season last year, his first as a Predator, as he lined up as the team's top center on a line with James Neal and Calder Trophy candidate Filip Forsberg. This year, however, after starting the year on that same line, he's been demoted to the second line alongside Craig Smith and Colin Wilson. He's still seeing a decent amount of ice time (17:52) and plays on the second power-play unit, but without Neal and Forsberg flanking him every night, he's not nearly as productive. With just eight points in 15 games, he is currently on pace to fall well short of the 62 points he scored last season. Adjust your fantasy lineups accordingly.
Ribeiro picked up an assist in Tuesday's shootout win over the Lightning. Ribeiro has three points in six games this season, all of which were assists. He's been a bit reluctant to shoot the puck, having gone four games without a shot attempt. It's a stat that has hurt fantasy owners more than the Predators, as the team has collectively added 19 goals thus far, fourth best in the Western Conference.
Predators center Mike Ribeiro posted his first point of the season in Saturday's 2-0 win over the Oilers, assisting on linemate Filip Forsberg's second-period goal. The 35-year-old Ribeiro continues to center the Preds' first line in between Forsbrg and James Neal, and looks primed for another solid season offensively. After two sub-50 point seasons - one with Phoenix, one with Washington - Ribeiro has rejuvenated his career in Nashville. He should be a fixture in your fantasy lineup right now.
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