Player News - Predators

Date: Team: Pos:

Taylor Beck will be scratched against the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night.

The soon-to-be 23 year old Beck has just five goals and 10 points with little else to show for his efforts across 44 games this season.
Source: NHL.com
Feb 26 - 8:04 PM

Pekka Rinne will get the start against the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night.

Rinne brings his excellent 35-8-3 record with a 2.01 GAA and a .930 save percentage to his 17th career start against Minnesota, where he owns an 11-4-2 record with just 35 goals against. Incredible. Additionally, 36 of his 46 starts this season were rated as Quality Starts. Play with confidence.
Feb 26 - 6:03 PM

Ryan Ellis (lower body) could be back in the lineup as soon as Thursday night.

He has been skating with the team for several days and was paired with Seth Jones on Wednesday. Ellis isn't listed on injured reserve anymore so unless there's a setback prior to game time, he appears to be back after missing 21 games with a lower-body injury.
Source: NHL.com
Feb 26 - 3:23 PM

Seth Jones switched to the left side during Wednesday's practice and was paired with Ryan Ellis, who is poised to return from a lower-body injury.

"It was a little confusing at first because I've been playing right all year, so there were a couple times I felt myself drifting toward the right and (Ellis) was like, 'Where ya' going?' " Jones said. "But we'll be fine in the game. I just have to get used to it a little bit." Jones skated on the left during the early part of the 2013-14 season.
Feb 26 - 3:02 PM

Paul Gaustad doesn't contribute much in terms of fantasy hockey, but one area where he thrives is faceoffs.

He won 15 of 19 draws in Tuesday's win over Colorado. Gaustad ranks fifth in the league with a 57.2 winning percentage this season.
Feb 25 - 3:18 PM

Ryan Ellis (lower body) skated with his teammates again Tuesday morning.

He appears to be close to returning and is listed as day-to-day. Ellis has missed 21 straight game with a lower-body injury.
Feb 25 - 3:12 PM

Mike Santorelli has alternated between playing center and the wing during his first three games with the Predators.

He skated as a winger against Colorado on Tuesday alongside Colin Wilson and Calle Jarnkrok. Santorelli has eight shots on goal and no points with Nashville since being acquired from Toronto. Coach Peter Laviolette plans to use him at both positions for the rest of the season.
Feb 25 - 3:08 PM

Calle Jarnkrok wasn't scratched for Tuesday's game after all.

He scored a goal against Colorado after he was in the press box for Sunday's game versus Buffalo. "I thought Calle had an excellent game," coach Peter Laviolette said. "He certainly had jump and pop to his game. We were looking for that from him and he responded." Jarnkrok has six goals and 15 points in 56 contests this season.
Feb 25 - 3:03 PM

Shea Weber logged just 16:35 of ice time in Tuesday's 5-2 win over Colorado.

That marks his lowest playing amount since November 2013. Weber spent more time in the penalty box than he did on the ice. He was assessed two-minute minor for instigating, a five-minute major for fighting and a 10-minute misconduct for an altercation with Gabriel Landeskog. Still, he managed to amass nine shots on goal and earn a plus-2 rating.
Feb 25 - 2:18 PM

Roman Josi scored his 11th goal of the season Tuesday and added an assist in the Predators' 5-2 win over Colorado.

Josi's 44 points place him in a tie for fifth in league scoring among blueliners, only three points shy of leaders Mark Giordano and Kris Letang. Flip Forsberg, Craig Smith, Eric Nystrom and Calle Jarnkrok all scored goals for the Preds in the win.
Feb 24 - 11:27 PM

Pekka Rinne was solid on Tuesday as he turned aside 18 of 20 shots in a 5-2 victory over the Avalanche.

The win brings his record to an incredible 35-8-3 on the year, a mark that can only be rivalled by that of Carey Price. Rinne's impressive marked is also accompanied by a 2.01 GAA and a .930 save percentage.
Feb 24 - 11:24 PM

Calle Jarnkrok and Victor Bartley will be scratched against the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday night.

It's tough to keep a rookie who has just four goals and 14 points through 55 games in the lineup, so Jarnkrok will sit for his second straight game. Bartley has nine points and 63 hits through 31 games this season.
Source: NHL.com
Feb 24 - 7:39 PM

Pekka Rinne is the expected starter for Nashville against Colorado on Tuesday night.

Through 45 starts, Rinne leads the league with 34 wins, he also has just 11 losses with three coming in overtime or later. He also sports a .931 save percentage and a 2.01 GAA, second only to Carey Price in both categories. Rinne has won 10 of his last 14 starts against the Avs since 2010, with just 26 goals against.
Feb 24 - 7:23 PM

Anthony Bitetto has been sent to the minors.

Bitetto has no points and a minus-one rating in seven games with Nashville this season. He also has 25 points and 62 penalty minutes in 47 AHL contests.
Feb 24 - 12:16 PM

Cody Franson earned an assist in a 2-1 shootout win over Buffalo on Sunday.

He had a power-play helper on a goal by Mike Ribeiro. Franson logged 19:22 of ice time in his second game with the Predators since being traded by Toronto. He has been paired with Mattias Ekholm on the back end.
Feb 23 - 11:27 AM


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