Nashville Predators Player Notes
For The Last 365 Days
 
Pekka Rinne, G11/23/2014 10:06:00 AM
Description: Predators goalie Pekka Rinne is now tied for the league-lead in wins, after defeating the Panthers on Saturday night.
Insight: Rinne stopped 28-of-30 shots on goal, and is currently one of the top goaltenders in all of fantasy hockey. He is 13-3-1 with a 1.92 GAA and .930 save percentage.
Colin Wilson, C11/23/2014 10:02:00 AM
Description: Predators center Colin Wilson scored a goal in Saturday's shootout win against the Panthers.
Insight: It was just his third goal of the season, and while Wilson is +6 overall, he should not be considered a fantasy option for now.
Shea Weber, D11/20/2014 10:25:00 PM
Description: Predators defenseman Shea Weber scored an early power play goal on Thursday versus the Senators.
Insight: Unfortunately for Nashville, they did not score again until early in the third period and lost, 3-2. Weber has six goals and six assists this season with a tremendous plus-11 rating.
Pekka Rinne, G11/18/2014 10:23:00 PM
Description: Predators goalie Pekka Rinne made 29 saves in Tuesday's win against Toronto.
Insight: He did not have to do much, as Nashville scored nine goals. Rinne faced 31 shots, and improved his record to 12-3-1 on the season.
Shea Weber, D11/18/2014 10:22:00 PM
Description: Predators defenseman Shea Weber had three helper is Tuesday's blowout win against Toronto.
Insight: He was also +3 on the night, and now has 11 points through 18 games, and is +11 overall. Owners should be pleased.
Mike Ribeiro, C11/18/2014 10:20:00 PM
Description: Nashville center Mike Ribeiro registered two points in Tuesday's 9-2 win over the Maple Leafs.
Insight: He had a goal and an assist, along with two shots on goal and a +2 rating on the night. Ribeiro now has five goals, 16 points, and is +12 overall.
James Neal, LW11/16/2014 10:08:00 AM
Description: Predators winger James Neal scored his ninth goal of the season on Saturday.
Insight: Neal scored at the 15:45 mark of the second period to tie the game, 1-1. Craig Smith registered his sixth goal of the season in the third period, and Nashville won, 2-1.
Pekka Rinne, G11/16/2014 10:02:00 AM
Description: Predators goalie Pekka Rinne allowed just one goal in a victory on Saturday.
Insight: Rinne stopped 21-of-22 shots for a .955 save percentage to beat Winnipeg, 2-1. Rinne is 11-3-1 this season.
Pekka Rinne, G11/13/2014 10:57:00 PM
Description: Predators goalie Pekka Rinne stopped 23-of-27 shots during Thursday's loss to St, Louis.
Insight: He was not very sharp, but owners should consider it a minor setback. Rinne is still 10-3-1 on the season.
Filip Forsberg, C11/13/2014 10:52:00 PM
Description: Predators center Filip Forsberg recorded three points and five shots on goal in Thursday's loss to the Blues.
Insight: He has been a force this season, and now has 20 points and a +19 rating through only 16 games.
Pekka Rinne, G11/11/2014 10:43:00 PM
Description: Predators goalie Pekka Rinne stopped 21-of-23 shots to capture a victory over the Oilers.
Insight: Rinne allowed both goals in the second period as the Predators' lead shrunk to, 3-2. Nashville, however, did not allow a score in the third period. Rinne is 10-2-1 this season.
Filip Forsberg, C11/9/2014 10:50:00 AM
Description: Predators center Filip Forsberg recorded two points in Nashville's 2-1 victory over the Blues.
Insight: He had a goal and an assist, along with five shots on goal and a +2 rating on the night. Forsberg has been tremendous this season, totaling 15 points in 15 games, along with a +15 rating.
James Neal, LW11/8/2014 10:38:00 PM
Description: Predators winger James Neal scored two points Saturday against the Blues.
Insight: He had a goal and an assist, along with a +2 rating and three shots on goal. Neal now has eight goals and 11 points on the season.
Pekka Rinne, G11/8/2014 10:41:00 AM
Description: Predators goalie Pekka Rinne played well in Saturday's win over the Blues.
Insight: Rinne has been fantastic early on, and after stopping 28-of-29 shots on goal, he is now 9-2-1 on the young season.
Filip Forsberg, C11/4/2014 10:58:00 PM
Description: Predators center Filip Forsberg scored the team's lone goal in Tuesday's loss to Winnipeg.
Insight: He has played extremely well this season, and now has 12 points, along with a ridiculous +14 rating.
Patric Hornqvist, RW11/4/2014 10:53:00 PM
Description: Penguins right winger Patric Hornqvist scored his seventh goal of the season.
Insight: He was +1 and also had four shots on goal. Hornqvist is fitting in very nicely this season.
Anton Volchenkov, D11/2/2014 4:44:00 PM
Description: Nashville defenseman Anton Volchenkov will serve a four-game suspension for a hit on Calgary Flames forward Michael Ferland.
Insight: Volchenkov has just two assists and 4 PIM in 10 games this season, a.k.a. he has no fantasy value.
Pekka Rinne, G11/1/2014 9:48:00 AM
Description: Predators goalie Pekka Rinne has now lost two of the last three games.
Insight: After not losing in regulation through his first six starts, Rinne was able to stop only 26-of-30 shots in Friday's loss to Calgary. Rinne still has good numbers (6-2-1, 1.97 GA, .927 SV%), and should be a solid performer all season.
James Neal, LW11/1/2014 9:42:00 AM
Description: Predators winger James Neal had a strong game Friday against the Flames.
Insight: He had two goals and seven shots on goal, and was +1 on the night. Neal now has seven goals on the season, but zero assists, as well.
Patric Hornqvist, RWHot10/28/2014 9:43:00 PM
Description: Penguins right winger Patric Hornqvist scored and had an assist on Tuesday against the Devils.
Insight: Pittsburgh scored seven unanswered goals and won, 8-3. The Penguins were 3-for-6 on the power play. Hornqvist's points, however, came at even strength. He was plus-two with two shots.
Pekka Rinne, G10/25/2014 10:30:00 PM
Description: Predators goalie Pekka Rinne took his first loss in regulation, of the season.
Insight: It was also Nashville's first regulation loss as well. Rinne made 23 saves in a 3-0 loss, and is now 5-1-1 on the season. Rinne will continue to be an elite option in net, for fantasy owners.
James Neal, LW10/25/2014 1:19:00 PM
Description: Predators winger James Neal should have added motivation on Saturday facing the Penguins for the first time since the offseason trade.
Insight: Neal did not have a very good playoff season last spring, which resulted in a trade to Nashville for Patrick Hornqvist and Nick Spalling. Neal and Hornqvist should be motivated to play well on Saturday against their former teams. Neal has five goals in his last four games, including a hat trick on Thursday.
Patric Hornqvist, RWHot10/25/2014 12:28:00 PM
Description: Penguins right winger Patric Hornqvist will be facing his old team on Saturday night in Nashville.
Insight: Hornqvist, along with Nick Spaling, are returning to Nashville for the first time since the offseason trade that sent James Neal to the Predators for Hornqvist and Spaling. The deal has worked out for both sides so far.
James Neal, LW10/23/2014 10:53:00 PM
Description: Predators winger James Neal scored a hat trick on Thursday against the Blackhawks.
Insight: Neal scored the only goals of the game for Nashville, but it was enough for a 3-2 victory. Neal was all over the ice with six shots on net. He now has five goals on the season.
Nick Spaling, C10/22/2014 10:43:00 PM
Description: Penguins center Nick Spaling scored his first goal as a Penguin on Wednesday.
Insight: Spaling had a goal and an assist in what was easily his best fantasy day of the young 2014-2015 season. Spaling was also plus-two, but Pittsburgh lost, 5-3.
Mike Ribeiro, C10/21/2014 10:51:00 PM
Description: Nashville center Mike Ribeiro notched two points on Tuesday night against Arizona.
Insight: He had a goal and an assist, and now has five points on the season. James Neal and Ryan Ellis also tallied for the Predators.
Shea Weber, D10/19/2014 10:07:00 AM
Description: Predators defenseman Shea Weber scored a power play goal on Saturday for his third score of the season.
Insight: Weber also had two penalty minutes, three shots and two hits. He has three goals, four points and a plus-five rating five games into the season.
Patric Hornqvist, RWHot10/18/2014 9:39:00 PM
Description: Penguins right winger Patric Hornqvist scored two goals in Pittsburgh's, 3-1, victory over the Islanders on Saturday.
Insight: Hornqvist scored on a deflection off a slap shot from Evgeni Malkin on the power play. His second goal came was an empty-netter with less than two minutes left in the game. Hornqvist registered 12 shots on net and was minus-one. He also had an assist.
Pekka Rinne, G10/17/2014 10:45:00 PM
Description: Predators goalie Pekka Rinne shutout the Jets on Friday.
Insight: He stopped all 29 shots faced, and is well on his way in rebounding from an injury-plagued 2013-14 season. Rinne has potential to be an elite goaltender this season.
James Neal, LW10/17/2014 10:41:00 PM
Description: Nashville winger James Neal scored his first goal as a Predator on Friday against Winnipeg.
Insight: He added the insurance goal in Nashville's 2-0 win. Neal will most likely be unable to produce the way he did in Pittsburgh, but should be around the 50-point mark this season.
Viktor Stalberg, LW10/17/2014 3:20:00 PM
Description: Nashville left wing Viktor Stalberg (lower body) has been activated from the injured reserve.
Insight: Stalberg totaled just 18 points in 70 games last season and has little value to fantasy owners even when healthy.
Craig Smith, C10/15/2014 10:40:00 AM
Description: Predators forward Craig Smith had two assists on Tuesday against the Flames.
Insight: Smith finished plus-two on the day with two penalty minutes and five shots on goal. Nashville, however, came back to tie the game and won in a shootout.
Pekka Rinne, G10/14/2014 6:24:00 PM
Description: Predators goalie Pekka Rinne is expected to start on Tuesday night according to thepredatorial.com.
Insight: The Nashville defense is doing a good job of limiting the shots Rinne has faced to start the season. Rinne faced just 20 shots on Thursday and then 18 on Saturday.
Pekka Rinne, G10/12/2014 12:50:00 AM
Description: Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne stopped 17 of 18 shots en route to a 4-1 victory over Dallas.
Insight: He looks healthy after the hip issues of a season ago. Rinne's 2-0 in his return and his solid net play should help all Nashville players improve on their plus/minus rating.
Patric Hornqvist, RWHot10/12/2014 12:47:00 AM
Description: Penguins new right winger Patric Hornqvist scored a goal and assist Saturday night.
Insight: Hornqvist also took a stunning nine shots. The 27-year-old scored a career-high 53 points last season, and we expect him exceed that total playing with Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby.
Shea Weber, D10/9/2014 10:44:00 PM
Description: Predators defenseman Shea Weber scored a goal in the season opener against the Senators on Thursday.
Insight: Weber gave the Predators a 2-1 lead about halfway through the third period. Weber scored on a backhanded shot set up by Ryan Ellis and Paul Gaustad. The defenseman also had two penalty minutes and a plus-one rating. Nashville held on to win, 3-2.
Viktor Stalberg, LW10/7/2014 1:17:00 PM
Description: Nashville left wing Viktor Stalberg (lower body) has been placed on the injured reserve.
Insight: Stalberg was expected to miss 2-4 weeks from the time of the injury and could return after another 10 days or so. he totaled just 18 points in 70 games last season and has little value to fantasy owners even when healthy. Nashville is a bit short-handed on the left side with Matt Cullen also sidelined.
Matt Cullen, LW10/7/2014 1:11:00 PM
Description: Nashville forward Matt Cullen has been placed on injured reserve.
Insight: The 37-year-old Cullen (10 G, 29 A) has fallen on the depth chart and shouldn't expect to see a lot of minutes this season. His fantasy value, therefore, is minimal.
Pekka Rinne, G10/2/2014 12:03:00 PM
Description: Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne looks healthy after the hip issues of a season ago.
Insight: Rinne's return should help all Nashville players improve on their plus/minus rating. We have him winning 31 times with a 2.42 GAA and 0.916 save percentage.
Roman Josi, D10/2/2014 11:59:00 AM
Description: Nashville defenseman Roman Josi should be paired with Shea Weber which will help him continue to post solid fantasy numbers.
Insight: Josi scored 13 goals and added 27 assists in 72 games last season and the 24-year-old should be able to at least match the 40-point total in 2014-15.
Olli Jokinen, C10/2/2014 11:56:00 AM
Description: Nashville center Olli Jokinen is getting up there in age and the once 90-point scorer will be lucky to put up half that total in 2014-15.
Insight: Jokinen is expected to play between Gabriel Bourque and Craig Smith on the second line to start the season, but the Predators are solid up the middle and there is no guarantee he'll be there all season particularly after Mike Fisher returns from an Achilles injury.
Craig Smith, C10/2/2014 11:52:00 AM
Description: Nashville forward Craig Smith put up career-best numbers last season and could continue to improve in 2014-15.
Insight: Smith should see plenty of ice time on the second line with Olli Jokinen and Gabriel Bourque and also on the power play where his speed is particularly useful with more open ice.
Shea Weber, D10/2/2014 11:46:00 AM
Description: Predators defenseman Shea Weber has always been a top scorer and that won't change in 2014-15
Insight: Weber posted 56 points last season and we have him with another 54 points in 2014-15. We see an improved plus/minus rating with the return of goalie Pekka Rinne.
Colin Wilson, C10/2/2014 11:45:00 AM
Description: Predators Colin Wilson is expected to play on the first line with Mike Ribeiro and newly-acquired James Neal.
Insight: Wilson is more of a assist guy than a scorer, but could develop into a 15-20 goal winger.
Mike Ribeiro, C10/2/2014 11:36:00 AM
Description: Nashville center Mike Ribeiro could end up being the top line center in between James Neal and Colin Wilson this season.
Insight: Ribeiro blamed off ice issues in Arizona for last season's weak production (16 goals, 31 assists) and we do believe he'll rebound.
James Neal, LW10/2/2014 11:33:00 AM
Description: Nashville winger James Neal will be in for a shock when he looks to his center and it will no longer be Evgeni Malkin or Sidney Crosby.
Insight: Neal's fantasy value has to take a hit depite being on the Predators' top line. We have him with 28 goals and 50 points starting alongside Mike Ribeiro and Colin Wilson. he posted 61 points in 59 games last season.
Patric Hornqvist, RW10/1/2014 11:46:00 AM
Description: Penguins new right winger Patric Hornqvist is poised to be one of the biggest fantasy sleepers this season.
Insight: Hornqvist is expected to skate on a scoring line with Evgeni Malkin and the team's top power-play line. The 27-year-old scored a career-high 53 points last season, and we expect him exceed that total by 10 points or more. Hornqvist could also challenge his career-high 30-goal mark he set back in 2009-2010 with Nashville.
Mike Fisher, C7/7/2014 10:00:00 PM
Description: Predators center Mike Fisher suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon and will miss the next four-to-six months, according to predators.nhl.com.
Insight: While Fisher isn't great, he's the Predators top center and was expected to play with newly acquired winger James Neal. Either Matt Cullen or Colin Wilson will play with Neal while Fisher is out. Obviously, both are a big step down from Evgeni Malkin.
James Neal, LW6/27/2014 9:28:00 PM
Description: The Penguins have traded James Neal to Nashville for forwards Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling. SOURCE: Darren Dreger, TSN
Insight: Neal's fantasy value will never be higher than it was in Pittsburgh where he got to play alongside MVP winners Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. Despite a weaker supporting cast, Neal is still a talented player and should score his fair share of goals for the Predators next season.
Roman Josi, D4/13/2014 11:02:00 PM
Description: Nashville defenseman Roman Josi had two points Sunday to reach 40 points for the first time.
Insight: Josi scored 13 goals and added 27 assists in 72 games this season. The 23-year-old was able to provide a capable complement to Shea Weber after the Predators lost Ryan Suter prior to last season.
Craig Smith, CHot4/13/2014 11:01:00 PM
Description: Nashville forward Craig Smith torched the Wild for four points (2 G, 2 A) Sunday night.
Insight: Smith had eight points in his last four games to finish with a career-high 52 points (24 G, 28 A) and 215 SOG in 79 games.
Patric Hornqvist, RWHot4/10/2014 10:41:00 PM
Description: Nashville right wing Patric Hornqvist saw his seven-game points streak come to an end Tuesday, but he scored a goal Thursday against the Coyotes.
Insight: Hornqvist (21 G, 29 A) has collected 15 points over his last nine games and is one point away from tying his career high of 51.
Patric Hornqvist, RWHot4/6/2014 10:36:00 AM
Description: Nashville right wing Patric Hornqvist had a third straight multi-point game Saturday at San Jose.
Insight: Hornqvist has picked up 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) during a seven-game points streak and now has 49 points in 72 games. His career high is 51 points.
Seth Jones, D4/1/2014 5:39:00 PM
Description: Predators defenseman Seth Jones (upper body) has been cleared to return to game action, according to beat writer Jim Diamond.
Insight: The 19-year-old defenseman has posted six goals, 18 assists and a -23 differential in 72 games. He should be back Friday after missing the last four games.
Seth Jones, D4/1/2014 12:09:00 PM
Description: Predators defenseman Seth Jones (concussion-like symptoms) practiced Sunday and has a chance to play Tuesday, though we don't expect him until the end of the week at the earliest.
Insight: The 19-year-old defenseman has posted six goals, 18 assists and a -23 differential in 72 games.
Patrick Eaves, RW4/1/2014 12:06:00 PM
Description: Nashville winger Patrick Eaves is questionable for Friday's game against Anaheim due to an lower body injury.
Insight: Eaves has done nothing to grab the attention of fantasy owners with five points in 30 games. He has no fantasy value.
Patric Hornqvist, RWHot3/30/2014 10:58:00 PM
Description: Nashville right wing Patric Hornqvist is working on a five-game points streak.
Insight: Hornqvist scored two goals Sunday and has amassed eight points during the streak. The 27-year-old is in familiar territory with 43 points (17 goals, 26 assists) in 70 games this season.
Shea Weber, D3/27/2014 10:57:00 PM
Description: With two goals Thursday against the Sabres, Predators D Shea Weber reached 20 for the second time in his career.
Insight: Weber's stats over his last 43 games are ridiculous -- 13 goals, 24 assists. He has 48 points in 72 games this season.
Roman Josi, D3/25/2014 10:58:00 PM
Description: Nashville defenseman Roman Josi scored two goals Tuesday against the Avalanche.
Insight: Josi hadn't scored a goal since the last game of February. The 23-year-old has recorded 11 goals, 22 assists (33 points) and 157 SOG in 63 games.
Matt Cullen, CHot3/25/2014 10:55:00 PM
Description: Nashville center Matt Cullen has collected six points (three goals) in his last three games.
Insight: The 37-year-old Cullen (9 G, 21 A) had two goals Tuesday against the Avalanche. Prior to Saturday he didn't have a multi-point game since Jan. 24. Cullen has been around since 1997, but he's never had a 50-point season.
Seth Jones, D3/25/2014 6:00:00 PM
Description: Predators defenseman Seth Jones (upper body) will sit out Tuesday, according to Willy Daunic of 1025thegame.com.
Insight: Jones is doubtful for Thursday's game and his status for Friday is up in the air as well. The 19-year-old defenseman has posted six goals, 18 assists and a -23 differential in 72 games.
Pekka Rinne, G3/23/2014 9:49:00 PM
Description: Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne was a brick wall in Sunday's win over Chicago.
Insight: Rinne saved all 29 shots for his first shutout of the season. He owns a .909 save percentage in 18 games this season.
Patric Hornqvist, RW3/23/2014 1:09:00 PM
Description: Nashville right wing Patric Hornqvist (personal) will sit out Sunday at Chicago, according to Josh Cooper of the Tennessean.
Insight: Hornqvist (14 G, 24 A) left the team to be with his wife, who had the couple's first child. He should be back Tuesday against Colorado.
Paul Gaustad, C3/21/2014 11:40:00 AM
Description: Nashville center Paul Gaustad suffered an upper-body injury in Wednesday's loss to Vancouver and is questionable for Friday's game against Calgary.
Insight: Gaustad has 16 points in 70 games with a -9 rating, so doesn't stack up for fantasy owners.
Craig Smith, C3/11/2014 10:05:00 PM
Description: Nashville forward Craig Smith scored his 20th goal of the season Tuesday against Buffalo.
Insight: Smith has a career-high 39 points to go with 172 SOG and a +9 in 63 games, making him a solid low-end fantasy option.
Nick Spaling, C3/11/2014 10:04:00 PM
Description: Predators center Nick Spaling has collected 12 points, including six goals, in his last 14 games.
Insight: Spaling had a goal and an assist Tuesday at Buffalo. He had just 15 points in his first 43 games this season.
Shea Weber, D3/11/2014 10:01:00 PM
Description: Nashville defenseman Shea Weber broke out of his slump with two points Tuesday at Buffalo.
Insight: Weber had zero points in ihs previous five games. The 28-year-old defenseman has 16 goals, 26 assists (42 points), 44 PIM, 152 SOG and 22 PPP in 63 games this season.
Pekka Rinne, G3/3/2014 10:30:00 PM
Description: Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (hip) is the scheduled starter for Tuesday's game against the Penguins.
Insight: Rinne has been out with a hip infection since October. The Predators will probably still give Carter Hutton some starts while Rinne works his way back, but Rinne should get the majority of the starts. He should be added in all leagues but isn't a recommended option Tuesday against the high-powered Penguins.
Pekka Rinne, G3/1/2014 11:28:00 AM
Description: Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (hip) made his first rehab start at AHL Milwaukee, stopping 16 of 17 shots.
Insight: Rinne has been out with a hip infection since October. He'll likely still need a week or more to get back into playing shape. Carter Hutton has been in net for most of the Nashville games of late and is 14-9-4 with a 2.84 GAA and .904 SV%, but when Rinne is ready the job is his.
Roman Josi, DHot2/27/2014 10:46:00 PM
Description: Nashville defenseman Roman Josi has notched 12 points in his last 13 games.
Insight: Josi scored his ninth goal of the season Thursday and also has 17 assists and 130 SOG in 50 games.
Matt Cullen, C2/27/2014 2:27:00 PM
Description: Nashville center Matt Cullen (upper body) is probable for Thursday's game against Tampa Bay.
Insight: Cullen has five goals and 22 points, but hasn't put one in the net in 29 games. The 37-year-old has had plenty of 40-point seasons, but probably won't get there this season.
Pekka Rinne, G2/26/2014 5:07:00 PM
Description: According to the Tennessean, Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (hip) has been sent to the AHL for conditioning.
Insight: Rinne has been practicing with the team for about a week and received permission to ramp up his level of activity on Monday, but there is still no timetable for his return. He has been out with a hip infection since October.
Pekka Rinne, G2/25/2014 5:10:00 PM
Description: According to the Tennessean, Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (hip) is optimistic he'll be cleared sometime this week to start playing games again.
Insight: Rinne has been practicing with the team for about a week and received permission to ramp up his level of activity on Monday. He has been out with a hip infection since October.
Viktor Stalberg, LW2/8/2014 10:32:00 AM
Description: Nashville left wing Viktor Stalberg (upper body) has missed the past five games and is questionable for Saturday's game against Anaheim.
Insight: Stalberg has six goals and nine assists in 47 games, but a -10 rating kills any possible offensive value.
Craig Smith, C2/6/2014 10:43:00 PM
Description: Craig Smith provided both Nashville goals Thursday in a loss to Minnesota.
Insight: Smith seems to be trending in the right direction. He's notched a point in four of his last five contests with a +4 rating during that span. Smith needs one more point to eclipse his career-high.
Matt Cullen, C2/6/2014 4:04:00 PM
Description: Nashville center Matt Cullen (upper body) made in through a full practice Tuesday and could be ready for Thursday's game with Minnesota.
Insight: Cullen has five goals and 22 points. The 37-year-old has had plenty of 40-point seasons, but has never reached 50 in his career. He's a fill-in at best.
Pekka Rinne, G2/5/2014 1:02:00 PM
Description: According to the Tennessean, Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (hip) hasn't been cleared to practice but is allowed to work out and skate. Rinne hasn't played since Oct. 22. He has not encountered any setbacks in his recovery from a bacterial infection in his hip, but the Predators are taking precautions to ensure the infection is managed and controlled.
Insight: "He really hasn't done much on the ice," coach Barry Trotz said. "But he's starting to move around in terms of skating and getting the muscle memory of moving around on the ice. It hasn't been too punishing or anything like that. But it's not going to be a quick process. They're doing it very methodically and cautiously. This is for the long term." Carter Hutton has gone 6-1-1 in his last seven starts and Devan Dubnyk has made just two starts in three weeks since being acquired from Edmonton.
Viktor Stalberg, LW2/1/2014 10:35:00 AM
Description: Nashville left wing Viktor Stalberg (upper body) did not play Friday and is questionable for Saturday's game against St. Louis.
Insight: Stalberg has missed the past three games, He has six goals and nine assists in 47 games, but a -10 rating kills any possible offensive value.
Matt Cullen, C2/1/2014 10:32:00 AM
Description: Nashville center Matt Cullen (upper body) did not play Friday and is questionable for Saturday's game against St. Louis.
Insight: Cullen is targeting Tuesday for a return. He has five goals and 22 points. The 37-year-old has had plenty of 40-point seasons, but has never reached 50 in his career. That won't happen in 2013-14 either.
Shea Weber, DHot1/31/2014 10:56:00 PM
Description: Nashville defenseman Shea Weber scored two goals against the Devils Friday.
Insight: So much for that back injury that forced him out of Tuesday's game. Weber skated 26 minutes Friday and got off four SOG. He has generated 26 points in his last 27 games.
Matt Cullen, C1/31/2014 7:42:00 PM
Description: Nashville center Matt Cullen (upper body) will not play Friday, according to Willy Daunic of 1025thegame.com.
Insight: Cullen has five goals and 22 points. The 37-year-old has had plenty of 40-point seasons, but has never reached 50 in his career. That won't happen in 2013-14 either.
Shea Weber, DHot1/31/2014 7:40:00 PM
Description: Nashville defenseman Shea Weber (upper body) will play Friday against the Devils, according to Willy Daunic of 1025thegame.com.
Insight: Weber left Tuesday's game due to a back injury but didn't have to miss any games. He has 24 points in his last 26 games.
Viktor Stalberg, LW1/31/2014 7:37:00 PM
Description: Nashville left wing Viktor Stalberg (upper body) will not play Friday, according to Willy Daunic of 1025thegame.com.
Insight: Stalberg has six goals and nine assists in 47 games, but a -10 rating kills any possible offensive value. He'll miss his third straight game.
Viktor Stalberg, LW1/31/2014 10:10:00 AM
Description: Nashville left wing Viktor Stalberg is questionable for Friday's game against New Jersey with an upper-body injury, according to beat reporter for The Tennessean Joshua Cooper.
Insight: Stalberg has six goals and nine assists in 47 games, but a -10 rating kills any possible offensive value.
Matt Cullen, C1/31/2014 10:09:00 AM
Description: Nashville center Matt Cullen is questionable for Friday's game against New Jersey due to an upper-body injury.
Insight: Cullen has five goals and 22 points. The 37-year-old has had plenty of 40-point seasons, but has never reached 50 in his career. That won't happen in 2013-14 either.
Shea Weber, DHot1/30/2014 6:32:00 PM
Description: Nashville defenseman Shea Weber (upper body) missed Thursday's practice and is questionable for Friday's game. SOURCE: Associated Press
Insight: Weber left Tuesday's game and it's not a good sign that he wasn't ready to practice even after having the off day Wednesday. Weber has 24 points in his last 26 games and would leave a big hole on fantasy rosters.
Shea Weber, DHot1/28/2014 10:53:00 PM
Description: Nashville defenseman Shea Weber left Tuesday's game due to a back injury.
Insight: Weber is one of the NHL's workhorses, skating nearly 27 minutes per game. With 24 points in his last 26 games, Weber would be a huge loss for fantasy owners, the Predators and Team Canada if he has to sit out.
Seth Jones, D1/28/2014 10:38:00 PM
Description: Predators defenseman Seth Jones scored his fifth goal of the season Tuesday against Winnipeg.
Insight: The 19-year-old rookie will probably be a star in the future, but with 20 points, 75 SOG and a -17 in 55 games he's not a good fantasy option this season.
Roman Josi, DHot1/28/2014 10:35:00 PM
Description: Nashville defenseman Roman Josi scored his seventh goal of the season Tuesday at Winnipeg.
Insight: Josi has come up with nine points in his last eight games and 19 points (seven goals) in his last 28.
Viktor Stalberg, LW1/28/2014 2:49:00 PM
Description: Nashville left wing Viktor Stalberg is expected to miss Tuesday's game against Winnipeg with an upper-body injury.
Insight: Stalberg has six goals and nine assists in 47 games, but a -10 rating kills any possible offensive value.
Eric Nystrom, LW1/25/2014 9:12:00 AM
Description: Predators left wing Eric Nystrom had a career night Friday against Calgary.
Insight: Nystrom collected a career-high four goals on seven shots. Nashville coach Barry Trotz defied all logic by choosing not to use Nystrom in the shootout. The Predators wound up losing 5-4 with Nystrom accounting for all four Nashville goals.
Michael Del Zotto, D1/22/2014 2:12:00 PM
Description: The Rangers have traded defenseman Michael Del Zotto to the Predators for defenseman Kevin Klein, according to Darren Dreger of tsn.ca.
Insight: Del Zotto did not earn the favor of new coach Alain Vigneault and was made a healthy scratch on many occasions this season. In 42 games, he has played a career-low 17:45 and generated two goals and 11 points in 42 games. The Predators have Shea Weber, Roman Josi and Seth Jones and aren't going to use Del Zotto on the power play, so he'll have limited fantasy appeal.
Roman Josi, DHot1/20/2014 10:51:00 PM
Description: Nashville defenseman Roman Josi extended his scoring streak to four games with two points (one goal) Monday against Dallas.
Insight: Josi has produced 16 points and six goals in 24 games since the start of December.
Kevin Klein, D1/18/2014 1:32:00 PM
Description: Predators defenseman Kevin Klein is questionable for Saturday's game against Colorado due to illness.
Insight: he returned to practice Friday, so expectations are that he'll be ready to go. Three points in 46 games make him a non-factor for fantasy owners.
David Legwand, C1/16/2014 10:15:00 PM
Description: Predators center David Legwand has come up with five points in his last two games.
Insight: Legwand scored a goal and had one assist, six SOG and two PIM Thursday against the Flyers. He's tied with Shea Weber for first on the team with 33 points.
Shea Weber, DHot1/16/2014 10:13:00 PM
Description: Nashville defenseman Shea Weber was instrumental in the Predators' shootout win over the Flyers Thursday, as he had a goal and two assists.
Insight: Weber has provided four points over his last two games after experiencing a three-game drought, and he's scored at a 1.05 ppg pace since the beginning of December.
Devan Dubnyk, G1/15/2014 3:29:00 PM
Description: The Oilers have traded netminder Devan Dubnyk to the Predators for center Matt Hendricks. SOURCE: Pierre LeBrun, ESPN
Insight: He'll split time with Marek Mazanec and Carter Hutton in net. Dubnyk hasn't been particularly impressive. In fact, he's been the opposite of that with just a 3.36 GAA and a .894 save percentage in 32 games this season. Fantasy owners should look elsewhere.
Patric Hornqvist, RW1/12/2014 3:02:00 PM
Description: Nashville right wing Patric Hornqvist (lower body) will return to the lineup Sunday after missing two games, according to Willy Daunic of 1025thegame.com.
Insight: The 27-year-old Hornqvist left Tuesday's game with a lower-body injury. He is a low-end fantasy option with nine goals, 24 points, 18 PIM and 134 SOG in 41 games this season.
Mike Fisher, C1/11/2014 10:03:00 PM
Description: Predators center Mike Fisher scored his 12th goal of the season Saturday.
Insight: Fisher didn't have a point in the previous two games but he's put up 11 in his last eight. Fisher has been around for a long time and has a career high of just 53 points so fantasy owners shouldn't expect this to continue, but you should ride out the hot streak.
Patric Hornqvist, RW1/11/2014 3:03:00 PM
Description: Nashville right wing Patric Hornqvist (lower body) will not play Saturday against Ottawa, according to Joshua Cooper of the Tennessean.
Insight: The 27-year-old Hornqvist left Tuesday's game with a lower-body injury. He is a low-end fantasy option with nine goals, 24 points, 18 PIM and 134 SOG in 41 games this season.
Patric Hornqvist, RW1/10/2014 10:17:00 AM
Description: Nashville right wing Patric Hornqvist (lower body) left Tuesday's game and is questionable for Saturday's game against Ottawa.
Insight: The 27-year-old Hornqvist is a low-end fantasy option with nine goals, 24 points, 18 PIM and 134 SOG in 41 games this season.
Patric Hornqvist, RW1/8/2014 11:30:00 AM
Description: Nashville right wing Patric Hornqvist (upper body) left Tuesday's game with a lower-body injury, according to Patten Fuqua of thepredatorial.com.
Insight: The 27-year-old Hornqvist is a low-end fantasy option with nine goals, 24 points, 18 PIM and 134 SOG in 41 games this season. He's questionable for Thursday's game.
Mike Fisher, C12/29/2013 10:34:00 AM
Description: Nashville center Mike Fisher had his best game of the season Saturday in a win over Los Angeles.
Insight: Fisher's goal with 27 seconds left in regulation broke a 2-2 tie. He had a hand in all three Predators goals on Saturday, finishing with two goals and one assist. Fisher has just nine goals for the season so fantasy owners shouldn't expect this to become a nightly occurrence.
Seth Jones, D12/22/2013 6:46:00 PM
Description: According to nhl.com, Predators defenseman Seth Jones appears to be OK one day after getting hit in the face by a puck.
Insight: Jones was struck in the face by a deflected shot from Montreal's Andrei Markov and had to get stitches, but he was at practice Sunday and told the Tennessean that his visor absorbed part of the blow.
Shea Weber, DHot12/21/2013 10:32:00 PM
Description: Nashville defenseman Shea Weber has provided fantasy owners with eight points in seven games since returning from an eye injury.
Insight: Weber was hit with a puck on Nov. 28 and missed three games, but he's been on fire since rejoining the lineup. He had a goal and one assist Saturday, bringing him to 20 points (nine goals) in 33 games this season.
Seth Jones, D12/21/2013 9:21:00 PM
Description: Predators rookie defenseman Seth Jones left Saturday's game after a slapshot from P.K. Subban ricocheted into his face.
Insight: He needed to get stitches for his injury, according to nhl.com. Jones started the season playing big minutes with Shea Weber on the team's No. 1 defensive pairing, but he was bumped down in favor of Roman Josi and skated just 12.5 minutes per game over his last five.
Pekka Rinne, G12/20/2013 8:50:00 PM
Description: According to predators.nhl.com, Pekka Rinne (hip) will remain on limited activity for two more weeks before considering more strenuous activity.
Insight: Rinne has not encountered any setbacks in his recovery from a bacterial infection in his hip, but the Predators are taking precautions to ensure the infection is managed and controlled. Carter Hutton and Marek Mazanec will continue to handle goaltending duties into January.
Roman Josi, DHot12/15/2013 10:35:00 AM
Description: Nashville defenseman Roman Josi has two goals and five points during a four-game scoring streak.
Insight: Josi missed most of October with a concussion and didn't do much in November, but the 23-year-old has found his groove this month. He's skating nearly 25 minutes per game this season and is getting time with Shea Weber and on the top power-play unit.
Craig Smith, C12/12/2013 12:21:00 PM
Description: Predators center Craig Smith is questionable for Thursday's game against Dallas while suffering flu-like symptoms.
Insight: He has six goals, 15 points and 73 SOG in 29 games this season. He already has exceeded last season's point total playing primarily with Matt Cullen and Nick Spaling.
Shea Weber, D12/7/2013 2:40:00 PM
Description: Nashville defenseman Shea Weber (eye) will play Saturday against the Capitals, according to Willy Daunic of 1025thegame.com.
Insight: Weber will wear a visor after being hit in the eye with a puck on Nov. 28 and missing three games. He has seven goals this season but he's added just five assists, 55 SOG and a -7 in 26 games.
Shea Weber, D12/5/2013 5:02:00 PM
Description: Nashville defenseman Shea Weber (eye) will miss Thursday's game but is expected to practice Friday, according to Stephen Whyno of The Canadian Press.
Insight: Weber will wear a visor after being hit in the eye with a puck on Nov. 28. Weber has seven goals this season but he's added just five assists, 55 SOG and a -7 in 26 games.
Shea Weber, D12/5/2013 1:56:00 PM
Description: Nashville defenseman Shea Weber has been ruled out for Thursday's game against Carolina.
Insight: It will be the third game he's missed because of an eye injury. There's no timetable for the high-scoring defenseman as he's yet to get back onto the practice ice.
Shea Weber, D12/2/2013 9:25:00 PM
Description: Nashville defenseman Shea Weber has already been ruled out for Tuesday's game against Vancouver. SOURCE: Joshua Cooper, The Tennessean
Insight: It's the second game he's missed because of an eye injury. There's no timetable for Weber's return.
Shea Weber, D11/30/2013 3:48:00 PM
Description: Defenseman Shea Weber won't be available Saturday when the Predators host the Flyers. SOURCE: Joshua Cooper, The Tennessean
Insight: Weber got hit by a puck right below the eye Thursday against Edmonton. Nashville has two days off after Saturday so maybe Weber will be back on Tuesday.
Shea Weber, D11/29/2013 5:48:00 PM
Description: Nashville defenseman Shea Weber is day-to-day with an upper body injury. SOURCE: Associated Press
Insight: He took a puck to the face last night versus Edmonton. Weber leads the Predators with seven goals this season. Consider him questionable for Saturday's game against the Flyers.
David Legwand, C11/27/2013 10:20:00 PM
Description: Predators center David Legwand scored a goal on five shots Wednesday against the Blue Jackets.
Insight: Legwand has five goals and leads the Predators with 20 points. However, he only has 40 SOG and is a -7 in 25 games.
Marek Mazanec, GHot11/27/2013 10:17:00 PM
Description: Nashville goalie Marek Mazanec continued his recent stretch of dominance with a 19-save shutout Wednesday at Columbus.
Insight: The 22-year-old Mazanec has run away with Nashville's starting job over the last 10 days. He's gone 5-1 with a 1.34 GAA and a .955 SV% over his last six starts and should be added in all leagues.
Filip Forsberg, C11/25/2013 3:28:00 PM
Description: Predators center Filip Forsberg is questionable for Monday's game against Phoenix due to an upper body injury.
Insight: Forsberg, the No. 11 overall pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, has five points in 12 games but is also a -8. The 19-year-old has skated less than 12 minutes per game this season and needs more work to hone his game.