Player News - Predators

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Pekka Rinne and the Nashville Predators are still struggling a bit lately, including Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Detroit Red Wings.

Rinne only has one win in his last five starts (1-3-1), as he allowed four goals on 25 shots against the Red Wings. His overall stats are still Vezina-worthy, however, so fantasy owners shouldn't be too worried just yet.
Feb 28 - 6:20 PM

Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber made a big impact on Saturday, even with a 4-3 loss against the Detroit Red Wings.

Weber scored a goal, generated nine SOG, three hits and logged 30:15 TOI. He's been aggressive lately, generating 23 SOG and 17 PIM in his past three games.
Feb 28 - 6:17 PM

Pekka Rinne will likely start in goal Saturday against the Red Wings.

Rinne suffered a rare home loss Thursday night against the Wild and actually only has one regulation time win in his last four starts. Just a little blip on what has been an amazing season to date. Make sure you have Rinne active early as the game against Detroit starts at 3:00 pm EST.
Feb 28 - 1:37 PM

Anton Volchenkov (lower body) skated with his teammates Thursday.

"He's been back on the ice for a couple days, so he's another that's day-to-day," coach Peter Laviolette said. "Anytime you get guys back practicing on the ice means they're getting close." He has sat out seven straight games with a lower-body injury.
Feb 27 - 11:48 AM

Craig Smith tallied his 20th goal in Thursday's loss to Minnesota.

Smith has been red hot of late with six goals and eight points in his last seven outings. There's a good chance he'll surpass the 24 goals he scored last season, but he's unlikely to reach the 50-point mark like he did in 2013-14.
Feb 27 - 11:42 AM

Ryan Ellis returned to action Thursday after missing 21 games with a lower-body injury.

He was limited to just 11:29 of ice time in Nashville's 4-2 loss to Minnesota. "I don't think it was my best game by far," Ellis said. "But you can't expect to get too much ice time (right away). It's a little bit of a feeling-out process." His return bumped Victor Bartley into the press box.
Feb 27 - 11:36 AM

Pekka Rinne allowed three goals on 29 shots in Nashville's 4-2 loss to Minnesota on Thursday night, his third loss in the past four games.

Rinne's 1-2-1 record over the past four games classifies as a mini-slump for his standards, but it's nothing to be worried about. He is 6-2-1 in his past eight games and has allowed more than two goals only twice in that span, including Thursday night. He is still a sure bet with a 35-9-3 record, .930 save percentage and 2.03 goals against average.
Feb 27 - 12:37 AM

Mike Fisher pitched in a goal and an assist in Thursday night's 4-2 loss to Minnesota.

The 34-year-old now has 14 goals and 32 points in 41 games this season and four points in his past four games played. The Preds will try to get back on track on Saturday versus the Detroit Red Wings.
Feb 27 - 12:21 AM

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.
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.
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 games 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

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