Player News - Predators

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Vernon Fiddler got back in the lineup on Thursday.

He logged 12:06 of ice time in a 3-1 win over Calgary in his first appearance since Mar. 7. Fiddler had been dealing with an upper-body injury during that time filled in for injured center Mike Fisher on Thursday.
Mar 24 - 3:25 AM

Pekka Rinne stopped 24 of 25 shots in Nashville's 3-1 win over the Calgary Flames.

Rinne has now rattled off four consecutive victories over Winnipeg, Washington, Arizona and Calgary. The Preds are one point behind Calgary for the first Wild Card spot in the Western Conference (Nashville has a game in hand). Rinne has a 29-16-8 record with a 2.49 goals-against-average and a .916 save percentage this season.
Mar 24 - 12:07 AM

Ryan Ellis scored a goal in Thursday's 3-1 win over the Calgary Flames.

Ellis has now scored three goals in his last two games. His tally at the 12-minute mark of the third period gave the Predators a 3-1 lead. Ellis finished the game with a plus-1 rating, two shots on goal and one hit in 24:54 of ice time. The Preds defenseman has 15 goals and 20 assists in 63 games this season.
Mar 24 - 12:00 AM

PA Parenteau, Harry Zolnierczyk and Anthony Bitetto will be scratched from Thursday's match with the Flames.

Zolnierczyk has posted three points, 10 PIMs and 24 hits in 22 games so far this season. Parenteau has yet to record a point through four games with Nashville, however.
Mar 23 - 7:41 PM

Mike Fisher will miss Thursday's match with Calgary due to a lower body injury.

Through 68 games he has posted 17 goals and 41 points 53 PIMs, 63 blocks and 148 hits. Consider him day-to-day, for now.
Mar 23 - 7:33 PM

Captain Mike Fisher's status for Thursday's match against Calgary is unclear.

He missed an optional skate this morning, which makes three straight days away from the rink. We'll keep you posted on his status as the game draws near.
Mar 23 - 6:08 PM

Pekka Rinne is the probable starter for Thursday's game against the Flames.

Rinne has posted a 28-16-8 record with a 2.51 GAA and a .915 save percentage so far this season. He also comes in riding a three-game winning streak.
Mar 23 - 4:39 PM

Mike Fisher didn't practice Wednesday after he took a maintenance day on Tuesday.

He also didn't play in the final seven minutes of Monday's game against Arizona. Colton Sissons filled in for Fisher at Wednesday's skate. Fisher appears to be banged up, but we will leave him as active for now.
Mar 22 - 1:36 PM

Vernon Fiddler (upper body) centered the fourth line at practice on Wednesday.

He hasn't been in the lineup since Mar. 7. Fiddler has one goal in 14 games with the Predators since he was acquired from New Jersey.
Mar 22 - 1:31 PM

Craig Smith picked up two assists in his return to the lineup on Monday night.

He had the primary helper on both goals scored by defenseman Ryan Ellis in Nashville's 3-1 win against Arizona. Smith has struggled mightily this season and was a healthy scratch last Saturday. He has scored just four goals in his past 60 games.
Mar 21 - 11:32 AM

Viktor Arvidsson got his 27th goal of the season on Monday night.

He opened the scoring in Nashville's 3-1 win over Arizona. Arvidsson has four goals and two assists during a five-game point streak. Since Feb. 1, just two NHL players have more goals than Arvidsson's 15 (Patrick Kane and Brad Marchand).
Mar 21 - 11:24 AM

Predators goalie Pekka Rinne stopped 25 shots in a 3-1 victory Monday night over the Arizona Coyotes in Nashville.

Rinne has three consecutive wins and at least a point in five consecutive games. He is coming on strong and wouldn't be a bad choice in one-night fantasy play as the regular season nears its end. His win-loss record this season is 28-16-8, while his goals-against average is 2.51 and his save percentage, .915.
Mar 20 - 11:46 PM

Defenseman Ryan Ellis scored two goals to lead the Predators to a 3-1 win against the visiting Arizona Coyotes Monday night.

Ellis has enjoyed a productive season, with 14 goals and 20 assists in 62 games. Viktor Arvidsson also scored for the Predators Monday. His goal, his 27th of the season, gave Nashville a 1-0 lead at 5:00 of the second period on a shot from the slot. Craig Smith assisted on both Ellis goals and now has 11 on the season.
Mar 20 - 11:31 PM

Confirming a previous report, Craig Smith is indeed returning to the lineup on Monday against Arizona.

Smith was a healthy scratch on Saturday and is set to play on a line with Mike Fisher and Colin Wilson. Smith has just 18 points in 68 games this season and should not be owned in any fantasy formats.
Mar 20 - 7:54 PM

PA Parenteau did not join his teammates for warming, indicating he will be scratched against the Coyotes on Monday.

Parenteau will be joined by Anthony Bitetto, Brad Hunt, Harry Zolnierczyk. Parenteau hasn't picked up any points in four games since being acquired by the Predators. He has no fantasy upside for the time being.
Mar 20 - 7:41 PM


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