Player News - Predators

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Pekka Rinne made 21 saves on 23 shots to defeat the Minnesota Wild on Sunday.

The 34-year-old has now won four of his past five games, with two goals or fewer allowed in each game during that span. Rinne improves to 18-12-6 this season with a 2.34 goals against average and .921 save percentage.
Jan 22 - 11:51 PM

Ryan Johansen pitched in a goal and two assists in Nashville's 4-2 victory over Minnesota on Sunday.

Johansen had a two-game pointless drought going into Friday night's game against Edmonton, and has since netted five points in two games. Johansen now has eight goals and 27 assists in 47 games this season.
Jan 22 - 10:48 PM

Filip Forsberg notched a pair of goals in Nashville's 4-2 victory over the division-rival Wild on Sunday.

Forsberg scored twice in the third period to erase a 2-1 deficit and put the Preds ahead to stay. The dynamic winger now has 14 goals and 31 points in 47 games this season —not the output fantasy owners were hoping for.
Jan 22 - 10:45 PM

Colton Sissons and Brad Hunt will be scratched against the Wild on Sunday.

Unfortunately neither player has much fantasy value this season. Hunt still hasn't dressed for the Predators. Sissons has six points and 62 hits in 34 games.
Jan 22 - 7:37 PM

Confirming an earlier note, Pekka Rinne will indeed take on the Wild on Sunday.

Rinne has been uncharacteristically shaky against the Wild this season, going 0-1-1 with six goals against over 56 combined shots. He has however played fellow Central division foes well this season, posting a 9-6-1 record with a .914 save percentage and 2.54 GAA.
Jan 22 - 1:21 PM

Colin Wilson (lower body) skated Sunday morning, but he didn't take part in line rushes.

Well that is a good sign as Wilson attempts to come back from his latest injury---a lower body one. That said, there is no timetable for his return so consider Wilson day-to-day for now.
Jan 22 - 1:01 PM

Look for Pekka Rinne to get the start Sunday against Minnesota.

Rinne is coming off a very fine 30-save, 3-2 win over Edmonton Friday night which improved his record to 17-12-2. Rinne goes into Sunday's contest with a 2.35 GAA and .921 SP.
Jan 22 - 12:59 PM

P.K. Subban played 22:53 in his return to the lineup on Friday night.

Subban finished the game with no points, three shots on goal and a plus-1 rating. "I felt pretty comfortable out there," Subban said. "I think sometimes I probably could’ve done a little bit more, but just wanted to keep the game simple and get my feet under me and just build slowly." Expect him to be one of the top scoring defensemen in the second half of the season.
Jan 21 - 12:34 PM

Ryan Johansen picked up assists on both Nashville goals in a 3-2 shootout win over the Edmonton Oilers on Friday.

His two assists came with a nice sucker punch thrown to Benoit Pouliot while the latter was tangled up with a referee. Johansen now has seven goals and 32 points in 46 games this season. His assists came on goals scored by Ryan Ellis and Viktor Arvidsson.
Jan 21 - 1:22 AM

Pekka Rinne stopped 30 of 32 shots in a 3-2 shootout win over the Edmonton Oilers on Friday night.

Rinne made some beautiful saves in overtime to give his team the chance to win it in the shootout. He is remarkably 7-0-0 in his career against the Oilers. He was not playing to his usual standards earlier in the season, and there was a lot of talk about getting Juuse Saros more starts but he has responded by turning in some lights out performances. Rinne has now given up two goals or less in six of his last seven starts in goal. His record improves to 17-12-2 with a 2.35 goals against average and .921 save percentage.
Jan 21 - 1:06 AM

Colton Sissons and Brad Hunt will be scratched against the Oilers on Friday.

Hunt is still waiting to make his Predators debut. Meanwhile Sissons has picked up five goals and six points with 62 hits in 34 games thus far.
Jan 20 - 7:05 PM

Alexandre Carrier is heading to the minors.

Carrier's demotion corresponds with P.K. Subban being taken off the injured reserve list. He has four goals and 22 points in 35 games this season. He's participated in two NHL games as well and is looking for his first point at that level.
Jan 20 - 6:07 PM

P.K. Subban (upper body) has been taken off the injured reserve list.

Subban will return on Friday after missing 16 straight games with an upper-body injury. Getting Subban back would be a big boost for the Predators regardless of the circumstances, but it's especially important for Nashville right now with Roman Josi (upper body) on the injured reserve list. He has seven goals and 17 points in 29 games this season.
Jan 20 - 3:27 PM

James Neal tallied his 15th goal of the season Thursday night.

He opened the scoring early in the first period during a 4-3 win over Calgary. It was also Neal's first goal since Dec. 20. He has 21 points in 36 contests.
Jan 20 - 9:44 AM

Viktor Arvidsson contributed two assists in Thursday's 4-3 win over Calgary.

He set goals by Ryan Ellis (power play) and Filip Forsberg in the match. Arvidsson has a personal best 27 points in 43 games this season after he posted 16 points in 56 appearances last year.
Jan 20 - 9:42 AM

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