Leading up to the lockout-shortened season, we will be providing2012-13 previews for each player. In no specific order, we continue with Matt Halischuk today…
Matt Halischuk was a reliable player for the Predators in the 2011-12 season, playing in 73 games and scoring 15 goals despite only averaging 11:15 of ice time per game. Halischuk finished with a plus-9 rating on the season and had two game-winning goals.
Halischuk’s limited ice time per game makes his 15-goal accomplishment more impressive. He was a consistent player for the Predators all season long from the third and fourth line and played on the penalty kill as well. He added 13 assists to go with his 15 goals, which gave him a career-high 28 points on the season.
Halischuk was particularly effective on the road, scoring 10 of his 15 goals and 19 of his 28 points away from the friendly confines of Bridgestone Arena.
Halischuk remained in Nashville and skated at A-Game Sportsplex throughout the entirety of the lockout.
Halischuk will be in a similar situation this season as he was last season, with perhaps one difference. He may see more ice time because of the condensed schedule. Barry Trotz may want to spread the ice time around more evenly in order to preserve some energy in top-line guys for the Predators. Halischuk is a solid player that doesn’t shy away from big moments. Expect him to be used in a variety of different situations this season.