Player News - Predators

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Seth Jones may be in line to replace Shea Weber (leg) on Nashville's top defense pairing with Roman Josi.

This hasn't been confirmed yet, but The Nashville Tennessean's John Glennon says it's a real possibility. Jones, 20, is still young and it will be interesting to see how he is able to handle playing against Chicago's top forwards. Jones had eight goals and 27 points in 82 games this season. He averaged just under 20 minutes of ice-time per game in 2014-15.
Apr 19 - 9:04 AM

Expect Ryan Ellis and Cody Franson to get more power play time while Shea Weber (leg) is out of the lineup.

Ellis already plays on Nashville's second power play unit, but he will likely see an increase in minutes because of Weber's injury. Franson, who was acquired from Toronto earlier this season, hasn't really panned out in Nashville but he should have more opportunities to produce from the backend now. The Preds will need all six of their defensemen to step up their game if they want to have a chance to win their series against Chicago.
Apr 19 - 9:00 AM

Over the last two seasons, the Nashville Predators have a 1-4-2 record when Shea Weber isn't in their lineup.

That doesn't bode well for their chances in their first round series against Chicago. Weber left game two with a leg injury and he didn't travel to Chicago for game three. "He’s a hard guy to replace, a guy any team would miss," Predators goalie Pekka Rinne said. "I think you try to fill the hole as a team, like we did (Friday) night. But hopefully it’s not a long-term injury and he’ll be back soon." The 29-year-old finished the season with 15 goals and 45 points in 78 games this season. Weber averaged over 26 minutes per game throughout the regular season.
Apr 19 - 8:57 AM

Grim news for the Nashville Predators: Shea Weber (leg) isn't traveling with the team to face the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 3 (and likely beyond).

With an update coming on Wednesday, it certainly doesn't sound like he'll be back anytime soon. The Predators are probably one of the teams most equipped to handle Weber's injury, but it's obviously a huge blow to Nashville anyway.
Apr 18 - 2:30 PM

Mike Fisher did not play Friday night in Game 2 and may also miss Game 3 due to a lower-body injury.

There are no further updates out of Nashville regarding Fisher's condition, so we have to assume he is questionable for Sunday's Game 3. Adjust your roster accordingly.
Apr 18 - 12:43 PM

There is no update on Shea Weber's condition.

All we know is that he sustained a lower-body injury in the second period Friday night after being checked into the endboards by the Hawks' Brandon Saad. It looked as if Weber injured his right leg but we are not sure. At this moment, Weber must be considered questionable for Sunday's game. If Weber can't suit up, Anton Volchenkov will likely take his place. We will endeavor to find out more about Weber's status before game time.
Apr 18 - 12:38 PM

Don't look now, Colin Wilson too the Predators' lead in scoring with three tallies when he put home the night's opening score on the power play.

The Predators would go on to win the game 6-2, tying their series with Chicago at one. Wilson led the team with six shots, and added two blocks and a hit across his 14:52 of work.
Apr 18 - 2:02 AM

Roman Josi scored first career playoff goal during Friday's big 6-2 win over Chicago to tie the series at one.

Josi scored a doozey of a goal, weaving his way into the offensive zone, crossing the circles east-west, and then unleashing a bullet of a wrister far-side top-shelf. You wouldn't advise anyone to pull their best Alex Kovalev impression, but when it works, it goes on the highlight reel. Josi also contributed three other shots, three hits, and five blocks across 24:31 of work spent mostly without the injured Shea Weber.
Apr 18 - 1:58 AM

Mike Ribeiro picked up two assists, including one on the power play, in Friday's 6-2 win over Chicago to tie the series at one.

Ribeiro also dished out three hits during his 19:10 of ice time, which included 2:49 on the power play. He now has 23 assists and 29 points in 51 career playoff games with Montreal, Dallas, Washington, and now Nashville.
Apr 18 - 1:48 AM

Craig Smith had a great game, scoring two goals and recording a power play assist during Friday's 6-2 win over Chicago to tie the series at one.

Smith now has two goals and four points in four career playoff games. Smith was simply brilliant all night long, adding two more shots, two hits, and a takeaway over 18:34 of work. He has just one other career game with over two points, a two goal and four point effort over Minnesota in April of 2013.
Apr 18 - 1:45 AM

Filip Forsberg recorded his first career playoff goal and assist during Friday's 6-2 victory over Chicago to tie the series at one.

Forsberg was a force to be reckoned with all night long. This was exemplified well by how he followed up his own rebound to score in the third period, and one shift later dove to send Craig Smith on a goal-scoring breakaway. Forsberg finished with three total shots, two takeaways, and a block across 18:24 of work to go along with his third period points.
Apr 18 - 1:39 AM

Pekka Rinne made 24 saves during Friday's 6-2 win over Chicago, tying the series at one.

Rinne was solid throughout, even if he did surrender a pair of one-goal leads. He even held Chicago's potent power play off the board across three opportunities. Rinne has now allowed six goals on 62 through eight periods of play across the first two games of the series.
Apr 18 - 1:35 AM

Shea Weber left Friday's Game Two of Nashville's first round series with Chicago early with an apparent right leg injury.

The Predators' captain Weber played 13:25 including over three minutes on special teams with an assist on Roman Josi's tally with four seconds left in the first period. There is no update on the extent of his injury just yet, but we will keep you posted.
Apr 17 - 11:37 PM

Defensemen Victor Bartley, Anton Volchenkov, and forwards Kevin Fiala and Eric Nystrom will each be scratched from Game Two against Chicago on Friday night.

Unfortunately, none of these four players can be recommended for even the deepest of leagues. Bartley and Volchenkov are spare parts on the blue line, while Fiala is an unproven commodity and Nystrom is still recovering from injury.

Mike Santorelli will tag in for the injured Mike Fisher in Friday's Game Two against Chicago.

While Fisher recovers from a lower body injury, Santorelli will see his first career NHL playoff game. Santorelli potted just four points in 22 games after being acquired from Toronto, where he recorded 11 goals and 29 points in 57 games.
Apr 17 - 9:11 PM


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