Friday, May 19, 2017

Ryan Johansen out for Rest of Playoffs after Emergency Thigh Surgery

The Predators will be without their leading scorer and possession driver for the rest of the playoffs. The club announced on Thursday that Ryan Johansen injured his thigh and had to undergo emergency surgery after the Predators 3-2 overtime loss to the Ducks in Game 4 of the Western Conference Final at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

Here is the club's statement:

Apparently Johansen was initially injured late in the second period of Game 4, per this tweet:

Johansen would take 14 more shifts and finish the game with 27:28 of ice time.

The 24-year-old leads the Predators with 13 points in 14 games and is the leading scorer in these playoffs at 5-on-5 on a points per 60 minute basis.

The Predators also could be without center Mike Fisher for Game 5. The captain took a head shot when Josh Manson left his feet to lunge for a puck during a goalmouth scramble in the third period. He did not return to the game and will be reevaluated by Predators medical staff.

At this point it's not really clear who will draw in for the Predators at pivot if Fisher can't go. Vernon Fiddler has been the club's fifth center in these playoffs and he has played five games and scored one goal. But the Predators will have to go lower in the depth chart for their next option.