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Date: Team: Pos:

Pekka Rinne (knee) is slated to resume skating Monday.

He hasn't played since Jan. 13 due to a knee injury. Nashville has a 1-1-1 record during Rinne's absence.
Jan 26 - 3:39 PM

Marek Mazanec has been summoned from the minors.

He was expected to rejoin the Predators after the All-Star break because Pekka Rinne is still out with knee injury. Mazanec could get more opportunities to play if Carter Hutton can't handle the workload.
Jan 26 - 3:33 PM

Filip Forsberg netted a pair of goals for Team Toews at the All-Star Game.

He was able to play in the game because of a lower-body injury to Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin and he didn't look out of place. Forsberg also got a new car at All-Star weekend because he was one of the last two players, along with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, picked at the draft prior to the game.
Jan 26 - 1:29 PM

Shea Weber and Ryan Suter will play on Team Toews' first defense pairing in Sunday's All-Star game.

Weber and Suter used to be teammates with the Nashville Predators. Flames' defenseman Mark Giordano will be on Team Toews' second pairing with Blackhawks' standout Brent Seabrook, and Hurricanes' defenseman Justin Faulk and Panthers' rookie Aaron Ekblad will make up the third pairing.
Jan 25 - 3:32 PM

Shea Weber said he was nervous before registering his 108.5 mph shot during Saturday's skills competition.

Weber also believes that Bruins' defenseman is the man to beat at the event (Chara wasn't named to the All-Star team this year). "Obviously, [Chara]'s the guy to beat all the time," Weber said. "He's got the big shot. Honestly, I was nervous because there's some guys out there that can rip it." The Predators' defenseman was just 0.3 mph away from Chara's all-time record of 108.8 mph.
Jan 25 - 9:06 AM

Shea Weber’s 108.5 mph shot in the NHL's hardest shot event in the NHL All-Star skills competition salvaged two points for Team Toews.

Per the NHL’s public relations department: Weber’s blast was 0.3 seconds off Zdeno Chara’s record shot from the 2012 event. Suffice to say, opponents will not be eager to get in the way of that puck when he launches it from the point. Team Foligno took three of five points in this event as their three shooters — Alex Ovechkin, Brent Burns, and Steven Stamkos all won their individual matchups. Team Foligno leads 15-4.
Jan 24 - 9:08 PM

Shea Weber was one of the defensemen selected by Team Toews in Friday's NHL All-Star player draft.

The draft selections were made by team captain Jonathan Toews, and his assistants Rick Nash and Ryan Getzlaf. Joining Weber on Toews' blue line are Brent Seabrook (CHI), Aaron Ekblad (FLA), Ryan Suter (MIN), Mark Giordano (CGY) and Justin Faulk (CAR). The skills competition will take place on Saturday night, and the game will be held on Sunday.
Jan 23 - 10:14 PM

Filip Forsberg has been added to the NHL All-Star Game as an injury replacement.

He was going to take part in the All-Star weekend festivities during the skills competition, along with some others NHL rookies. Now, he will take part in the game after Evgeni Malkin had to withdraw because of an undisclosed injury. Forsberg leads the Predators in scoring with 40 points in 45 games.
Jan 22 - 6:21 PM

Marek Mazanec was sent back to AHL Milwaukee on Wednesday.

He was brought up because of an injury to number one goalie Pekka Rinne and he's expected to return to the Predators after the All-Star break. Mazanec made his season debut after Carter Hutton was pulled against Detroit on Jan. 17. He stopped 18 of the 20 shots he faced in a 5-2 loss for Nashville.
Jan 22 - 2:40 PM

Carter Hutton allowed just two goals on 27 shots Tuesday, but was saddled with a loss in a 2-1 overtime defeat against the Canadiens.

Hutton was pulled from his last start, a loss to the Red Wings, and it was uncertain whether he or Marek Mazanec would get the nod against Montreal. Despite suffering a loss, he played well enough to earn another assignment in the Predators next game.
Jan 20 - 11:33 PM

Mike Ribeiro scored the only Nashville goal in Tuesday's 2-1 loss against his former team, as the Predators dropped an overtime result against the Canadiens.

Ribeiro deflected a Seth Jones shot in the second period to give his team an early lead, but it didn't hold up against a resilient Montreal squad. Filip Forsberg also drew a helper on the tally.
Jan 20 - 11:28 PM

Eric Nystrom will return to Nashville's lineup Tuesday against Montreal.

He missed the previous five games due to an upper body injury, however the Long Island native has just five goals and eight points on the season through 39 games. Nystrom cannot be recommended for your squad.
Jan 20 - 7:16 PM

Taylor Beck will be a healthy scratch against Montreal on Tuesday night.

Beck's return to the NHL has not gone well. He has just four goals and eight points in 32 games this season, and after finally playing his first four games of the new year over the last week, he recorded no points with one minor penalty. Until he shows more consistency, it's getting hard to recommend him for your squad.
Jan 20 - 7:13 PM

Carter Hutton will be in Nashville's crease Tuesday night versus Montreal.

He will be looking to bounce back after he was pulled in a 5-2 loss to Detroit on Saturday. Hutton gave up three goals on just four shots, but he was good against Washington the night before.
Jan 20 - 4:48 PM

Coach Peter Laviolette praised what Mike Ribeiro has brought to the table this year in Nashville.

"Mike Ribeiro has been excellent this year," Laviolette said. "He's been an excellent addition to our team, terrific in the locker room, terrific on ice play and really good for us." Ribeiro leads the Predators with 29 helpers and he sits second on the team in scoring with 38 points in 44 games.
Jan 20 - 4:45 PM

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