Player News - Predators

Date: Team: Pos:

Viktor Stalberg has been called up by the Nashville Predators.

Stalberg cleared waivers earlier on Friday, but the Predators reversed course while putting Paul Gaustad on the injured reserve list. If Stalberg plays on Saturday, it will probably be in a minimal role.
Dec 19 - 4:17 PM

Paul Gaustad (lower body) has been placed on the injured reserve list.

Gaustad has been sidelined for three straight contests. The Predators used the freed roster spot to call up Viktor Stalberg, who was just sent to the minors after clearing waivers.
Dec 19 - 4:15 PM

Viktor Stalberg went unclaimed on waivers.

No surprise there given his $3 million annual cap hit through 2016-17. The Predators signed Stalberg in the hopes that he could serve as a top-six forward on their squad, but it hasn't worked out. He has just eight goals and 18 points in 75 games with Nashville over the last two seasons.
Dec 19 - 12:28 PM

Viktor Stalberg has been put on waivers by Nashville.

The Predators intend to send him to the minors if he clears. "A couple of injuries early in the season have prevented this from being the season Viktor trained all summer for," GM David Poile said. "He has worked hard to return to the lineup. With Paul Gaustad and Taylor Beck day-to-day and still on our 23-man roster, the best option for Viktor and the organization at this time is to place Viktor on waivers with the hope that he will clear, go to Milwaukee to play games and continue his efforts to be ready for NHL game action." Stalberg is ready to return after being sidelined for six weeks with a knee injury.
Dec 18 - 12:34 PM

James Neal has been fined $2,000 for embellishment.

He's the first player that the NHL has given a fine to since they decided to crack down harder on embellishing and diving this season. Neal reportedly received a warning on Nov. 13 against St. Louis, but no penalty was called on that play. He was fined after he received a penalty on Dec. 13 versus San Jose.
Dec 17 - 5:35 PM

Mike Ribeiro potted his ninth goal of the year in a 3-2 shootout win over Boston on Tuesday.

He has generated 26 points in 30 games with the Predators after posting 47 over 80 contests last year with the Coyotes.
Dec 17 - 2:11 PM

Anton Volchenkov suffered a lower-body injury in Tuesday's shootout win over Boston.

He played just four shifts and logged 2:56 of ice time before leaving after a blocked shot. Consider him day-to-day until his status is updated.
Dec 17 - 1:58 PM

Pekka Rinne continued his stellar season on Tuesday as he blocked 33 of 35 shots en route to a 3-2 shootout win over Boston.

Rinne has been sensational this season and has inarguably been the best netminder in the fantasy game. The win is his 20th of the season and raises his record to 20-6-1 thus far. His GAA is a sparkling 1.76 while his .937 save percentage is equally impressive.
Dec 17 - 12:33 AM

Mike Fisher netted his second goal of the season in a 3-2 shootout win over Boston on Tuesday night.

Fisher has now amassed five points in nine games since returning from a ruptured Achilles tendon and is likely available in the majority of leagues. Mike Ribeiro also found the back of the net for Nashville in the win.
Dec 17 - 12:24 AM

Pekka Rinne will get the nod Tuesday night against Boston.

Nashville comes in sitting just two points behind St. Louis and three points behind Central division leading Chicago. Perhaps more importantly, they're four points ahead of the Wild Card Winnipeg. Any which way you slice it, a win would be huge for Nashville.
Dec 16 - 8:03 PM

Gabriel Bourque has played well since being reinserted into the Predators' lineup.

Bourque has been a healthy scratch in 12 games this season, but has been in the lineup because of an injury to Taylor Beck. The 24-year-old has produced a goal and two assists in his last three games playing on a fourth line. Even with his recent success, Bourque isn't an option in standard fantasy leagues.
Dec 14 - 10:06 AM

Predators' head coach Peter Laviolette is happy with Mike Fisher's play since his return from an achilles injury.

The 34-year-old missed the first 21 games of the season with a ruptured achilles tendon. "He's been great," Predators coach Peter Laviolette said. "He brings a heavy two-way game along with his leadership and character that goes with him. His on-ice play I think has got steadily better." The 34-year-old has one goal and four points in eight games this season.
Dec 14 - 9:57 AM

Shea Weber missed most of the second period of Saturday's loss to San Jose.

Weber missed 12 minutes of the second period after he collided with Sharks' forward Tye McGinn. The collision resulted in Weber needing stitches. The 29-year-old has six goals and 17 points in 29 games this season. It doesn't look like Weber will miss any more time because of this injury.
Dec 14 - 9:51 AM

James Neal finished with four shots on goal and nine penalty minutes in the Predators’ 2-0 loss to the Sharks on Saturday night.

The Predators would certainly rather see Neal contribute in the goals, assists and points column, but fantasy owners will take this kind of contribution once in a while, too. Neal was given a fighting major and penalties for cross checking and embellishment. Ryan Ellis accumulated 10 penalty minutes and four shots on goal in the loss.
Dec 14 - 1:35 AM

Pekka Rinne kicked away 32 shots in the Predators’ 2-0 loss to the Sharks on Saturday night.

The second Sharks goal was scored while Rinne was on the bench late in the third for the extra attacker. Despite the loss, Rinne still leads the league with 19 wins and boasts some sparking rates: 1.75 goals-against average and .937 save percentage.
Dec 14 - 1:35 AM

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