Player News - Predators

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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.
Source: NHL.com
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

Nashville has acquired Andrew O'Brien from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for forward Max Gortz.

The minor-league deal was announced Thursday night. O'Brien doesn't have any NHL experience and he has two assists in 10 games AHL contests this season. He was a fourth-round pick in the 2012 NHL Draft.
Jan 20 - 9:35 AM

Filip Forsberg scored his 12th goal in a 4-3 win over Calgary on Thursday.

The goal was his third in four games as he looks to be heating up. Forsberg has 28 points in 45 games but his fantasy owners will expect more in the second half of the season. He had 64 points in 82 games last season.
Jan 20 - 1:29 AM

Ryan Ellis scored twice in Nashville's 4-3 win over Calgary on Thursday.

It marked the first time in his career that he scored multiple goals in an NHL game. Ellis's whale of a game started with a semi breakaway goal on a rush that he himself started to make it 2-0 in the second period. He later made it 3-0 on a power-play point shot that squeezed through the five-hole on Chad Johnson. He added three hits in a whopping 27:54 of ice time. Filip Forsberg and James Neal each added goals while Viktor Arvidsson had two assists.
Jan 20 - 1:22 AM

Juuse Saros turned aside 32-of-35 shots in 4-3 Nashville win in Calgary on Thursday.

It was another impressive performance from Saros who held off a late rally from the Flames in the win. The 21-year-old Finn has been excellent in a backup role behind Pekka Rinne. He's 5-3-1 in nine starts with a 1.44 GAA and .952 save percentage in nine starts.
Jan 20 - 1:22 AM

Pekka Rinne will be in net for the Predators against the Oilers on Friday.

Coach Peter Laviolette even cited the veteran netminder's quality career numbers against Edmonton in making the decision. He's 15-6-1 in 25 games against them, with a .911 save percentage and a 2.43 GAA.
Jan 19 - 9:36 PM

Colton Sissons and Brad Hunt will be scratched against the Flames on Thursday.

Through 34 games this season Sissons has posted five goals and six points along with 62 hits. Hunt meanwhile awaits to make his Predators debut.
Jan 19 - 8:37 PM

After sitting for a game, Craig Smith will return to the Predators' lineup on Thursday against the Flames.

Through 42 games the veteran forward has seven goals and 14 points along with 24 PIMs and 55 hits.
Jan 19 - 8:35 PM


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