Johansen potted a goal and pitched in an assist Saturday, factoring into a 5-2 home win over the Blackhawks. Johansen snapped a three-game point drought with his eighth multi-point outing of the season. The Predators will be without prolific point producer Filip Forsberg (hand) for approximately one month, so that will put even more pressure on Johansen to continue performing at a high level. Ry-Jo currently leads the team in points with five goals and 18 assists over 27 games.
Johansen scored the game-winning goal and added an assist in Monday's game versus the Lightning. Johansen began the play by purposely allowing a Roman Josi pass to go slip through his legs to Craig Smith. Smith then rocketed a wrist shot, but Johansen got a stick on it near cross-bar height for the team's third goal. It was a nifty display of hand-eye coordination, and Johansen now has four goals and 20 points in 21 games.
Johansen scored a goal and added a power-play assist in Saturday's 5-4 overtime win over Dallas. Johansen has 17 points (three goals, 14 helpers) in 16 games. That squarely puts him on pace for his best season yet. It bears saying that Johansen's game has changed dramatically since his early-career focus on goal scoring. Gone are the days of 33 and 26 goals. Instead, Johansen has delivered just 40 goals since arriving in Nashville in 2015-16. Total. There's still plenty of fantasy value here, but know your categories.
Johansen picked up two more assists Thursday in a 4-1 win over Tampa Bay to move him into a three-way tie for second in the NHL in assists. Johansen has 15 points (two goals, 13 assists) in 13 games this season. Most importantly, he has only been held off the scoresheet in four games, making Johansen an excellent head-to-head fantasy asset. Mind you, he's an asset in every format with numbers like that.
Johansen notched three assists in Saturday's 5-3 loss to the Oilers. Johansen has frequently gotten off to slow starts in past seasons, but he's been remarkably consistent so far this year. His 13 points through 11 games represent one of his best-ever starts to a season, and he's only been held off the scoresheet three times during that stretch. He continues to center the Preds' top line between Filip Forsberg (who accounted for all three Nashville goals Saturday) and Viktor Arvidsson, so you can expect more multi-point efforts like this in the weeks and months to come. Enjoy the ride.
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