4th: Nashville Predators – Connor Brown
Much like St. Louis, the Predators find themselves down 2-0 to one of the league’s best teams and in need of a spark to turn things around. Brown may not have quite the impact of a Brady Tkachuk, but his career-high 21 goals led the Sens and is 8 more than Nashville’s leading scorers Calle Jarnkrok and Mikael Granlund.
Where Brown will help most though is on the penalty kill. Nashville’s 75.4 PK% ranked 29th in the league this season, worst among playoff teams. Brown was a staple on Ottawa’s very respectable 20th ranked penalty kill, and led the league with 5 shorthanded goals.
Nashville is facing an uphill climb against Carolina, but a player like Brown could be the key,