J.P. Dumont is finding his groove

Nashville Predators NHLHS correspondent Tyler Davis looks at the sudden re-emergence of J.P. Dumont and what it means for the Predators.

J.P. Dumont is enjoying a sudden resurgence as a goal scorer and leader on the ice for the Nashville Predators.

After scoring just 4 goals in his first 44 games of the season, Dumont has netted 5 in his last 2 games, including a hat trick in the Predators 5-2 victory against the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday.  He has also accumulated 7 assists on the season for a total of 16 points on the season.

Dumont’s hat trick was the fourth hat trick of his career, and his first in regulation since November 12, 2001.  After having a strong offseason, Dumont came to camp in the best shape in years looking to have his best season.  Despite his offseason effort, the first half of the season has seen Dumont struggle offensively and relegated to 3rd and 4th line duties.

“He’s always created offense… And I’d give him some credit, lately his ice time has been reduced… I asked him to do a couple things differently so that he’s skating better and that he’s involved and that he’s part of it and so he’s not standing, and adjust his game to the way it’s played now and not the way it was 10 years ago.”Predators coach Barry Trotz said to Predators beat writer Josh Cooper.

Dumont also showed a sense of excitement and relief from the hat trick.

“[The hat trick is] definitely nice, but I’m just trying to score goals.  Don’t get me wrong, but I want to win games and go to the playoffs and win the Stanley Cup,” Dumont also told Cooper.

Over the last few games, he has been paired with rookies and call-ups from the Milwaukee Admirals, the Predators AHL affiliate team.  However, this new alignment seems to have provided Dumont with a spark and a chance to be the leader/mentor the Predators need.

Is this the beginning of a huge turnaround for Dumont?  Only time will tell.  For now however, the Predators will take the sudden scoring surge whenever they can get it.

The Nashville Predators (23-13-6) took back fourth place in the Western Conference on Tuesday night after a 5-2 win over the Phoenix Coyotes (21-13-9) in Arizona.  The Predators reclaimed a one point lead over Phoenix, and widen the lead after a 5-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night.