Nashville Predators Player Notes
For The Last 365 Days
 
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.
Craig Smith, C11/21/2013 10:03:00 PM
Description: Predators center Craig Smith has recorded three points in two of the last three games.
Insight: He had two goals, one assist and four SOG Thursday at Toronto two games after scoring a goal and picking up two assists against Chicago. He has six goals, 14 points and 60 SOG in 22 games this season. He already has exceeded last season's point total in 22 less games.
Seth Jones, D11/21/2013 10:01:00 PM
Description: Predators rookie defenseman Seth Jones scored his third goal of the year Thursday at Toronto.
Insight: Nashville has put no restrictions on its 19-year-old blueliner. He has skated 24 minutes per game and played extensively with top defenseman Shea Weber. He has three goals, nine points, 32 SOG, five power-play points and a -6 differential in his first 22 NHL games.
Matt Cullen, C11/21/2013 9:57:00 PM
Description: Nashville center Matt Cullen nearly matched his season total in points with four Thursday at Toronto.
Insight: Cullen entered Thursday with three goals and six points in 21 games this season. He left with four goals and 10 points. The 37-year-old has had plenty of 40-point seasons but never reached 50 in his career.
Marek Mazanec, GHot11/21/2013 6:25:00 PM
Description: Nashville goalie Marek Mazanec will make a third straight start Thursday at Toronto.
Insight: The 22-year-old Mazanec got his first NHL win Saturday with 39 saves on 41 shots against Chicago and his first shutout Tuesday at Detroit. He can solidify himself as the starter over Carter Hutton with another strong performance Thursday.
Eric Nystrom, LW11/21/2013 2:24:00 PM
Description: Nashville winger Eric Nystrom is questionable for Thursday's game against Toronto due to an upper body injury.
Insight: Nystrom is usually durable, but not very explosive on the offensive side of the ice. He's never scored more than 21 points in a season. He's got four goals and one assist in 19 games.
David Legwand, C11/19/2013 10:26:00 PM
Description: Predators center David Legwand added to his team-leading point total with one goal and one assist Tuesday at Detroit.
Insight: Legwand now has five goals and 19 points in 21 games. The 33-year-old's career-high of 63 points came back in 2006-07, and his highest total in six season since then is 53 points in 2011-12.
Marek Mazanec, GHot11/19/2013 10:22:00 PM
Description: Nashville goalie Marek Mazanec blanked Detroit on 27 shots Tuesday for his first NHL shutout.
Insight: The 22-year-old Mazanec got his first NHL win Saturday with 39 saves on 41 shots against Chicago. Carter Hutton (4-3-1, 3.39 GAAm .891 SV%) has not played well as the primary starter in Pekka Rinne's absence, so Mazanec could get a shot to run with it. He had a 1.97 GAA and a .933 SV% in five games with Milwaukee of the AHL this season.
Shea Weber, D11/19/2013 10:20:00 PM
Description: Predators defenseman Shea Weber has six goals and 11 points in 21 games but is a -7 this season.
Insight: Weber didn't have a point in his first four games but he's produced up to expectations in that department since then. However, the negative +/- and low SOG total (42) are disappointing.
Eric Nystrom, LW11/19/2013 1:36:00 PM
Description: Nashville winger Eric Nystrom is questionable for Tuesday's game against Detroit due to an upper body injury.
Insight: Nystrom is durable, but not very explosive on the offensive side of the ice. He's never scored more than 21 points in a season. He's got four goals and one assist in 19 games.
David Legwand, C11/17/2013 10:34:00 AM
Description: Predators center David Legwand leads the team with 17 points.
Insight: No other player has more than 13. Legwand has four goals and 13 assists in 20 games and should settle in the 50-point range this season.
Mike Fisher, C11/15/2013 1:55:00 PM
Description: Predators center Mike Fisher (lower body) is probable for Friday's game against Pittsburgh while still dealing with a lower body injury.
Insight: When he returns to the lineup get him back in your fantasy lineup as he's been solid with seven points in 11 games this season.
Marek Mazanec, G11/12/2013 6:31:00 PM
Description: Nashville goalie Marek Mazanec will make his first NHL start Tuesday against the Islanders.
Insight: Carter Hutton has gone 4-3-1 with a 3.53 GAA and an .887 SV% in nine games this season, so the team is ready to give Mazanec a try. Pekka Rinne will be out until December.
Matt Hendricks, C11/12/2013 1:24:00 PM
Description: Nashville forward Matt Hendricks is questionable for Tuesday's game against the NY Islanders due to an upper body injury.
Insight: Hendricks played Sunday, but didn't do much in the game. He doesn't get enough ice time, or have the scoring punch, to be of value to fantasy owners unless you are in need of penalty minutes.
Mike Fisher, C11/12/2013 1:22:00 PM
Description: Predators center Mike Fisher (lower body) is questionable for Tuesday's game against the NY Islanders while still dealing with a lower body injury.
Insight: He skated on his own, but not yet with contact so is obviously still a few days away. When he returns to the lineup get him back in your fantasy lineup as he's been solid with seven points in 11 games this season.
Matt Hendricks, C11/8/2013 11:17:00 AM
Description: Nashville forward Matt Hendricks is questionable for Friday's game against Winnipeg due to an upper body injury.
Insight: Hendricks skated in Thursday's practice session so could return after missing the last two games. He doesn't get enough ice time, or have the scoring punch, to be of value to fantasy owners unless you are in need of penalty minutes.
Mike Fisher, C11/8/2013 11:15:00 AM
Description: Predators center Mike Fisher (lower body) is questionable for Friday's game against Winnipeg.
Insight: He missed Wednesday's game at Colorado, but when he returns to the lineup get him back in your fantasy lineup as he's been solid with seven points in 11 games this season.
Filip Forsberg, C11/7/2013 8:20:00 PM
Description: The Predators have sent Filip Forsberg to the AHL.
Insight: Forsberg, the No. 11 overall pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, has five points in 11 games but is also a -8. The 19-year-old has skated less than 12 minutes per game this season.
Pekka Rinne, G11/5/2013 9:11:00 PM
Description: According to Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet.ca, Predators goalie Pekka Rinne is now likely to miss 6-8 weeks due to an E. Coli infection in his hip.
Insight: The 30-year-old was given a four-week timetable on Oct. 24 due to a bacterial infection in his surgically repaired hip, but the issue is much worse than it initially appeared to be. Carter Hutton and Magnus Hellberg will continue to serve as Nashville's netminders unless the Predators make a move.
Roman Josi, D10/31/2013 11:50:00 AM
Description: Nashville defenseman Roman Josi (concussion) is expected to return to the lineup Thursday, according to Tennessean.com.
Insight: Josi will be on the second or third defensive pairing in his first game in three weeks. The 23-year-old came on strong at the end of last season and finished with five goals and 18 points in 48 games, but rookie Seth Jones has taken his place as Shea Weber's blue-line partner.
Roman Josi, D10/29/2013 5:36:00 PM
Description: Nashville defenseman Roman Josi (concussion) will return to the lineup Thursday, according to Tennessean.com.
Insight: Josi will be on the second or third defensive pairing in his first game in three weeks. The 23-year-old came on strong at the end of last season and finished with five goals and 18 points in 48 games, but rookie Seth Jones has taken his place as Shea Weber's blue-line partner.
Viktor Stalberg, LW10/24/2013 9:52:00 PM
Description: Nashville left wing Viktor Stalberg was a healthy scratch Thursday against Winnipeg. SOURCE: Joshua Cooper, The Tennessean
Insight: Stalberg has been a bust so far in his first season with the Predators. He missed time earlier in the year with a shoulder injury and has now gone six games straight without a point. He's owned in just 4.5 percent of ESPN fantasy leagues.
Carter Hutton, G10/24/2013 2:04:00 PM
Description: Nashville backup goaltender Carter Hutton is in line for the majority of the workload over the next four weeks with starter Pekka Rinne out of action (hip).
Insight: Hutton has played two games this season and he's 1-0-0 with a 1.09 GAA and .967 SV%. This will be the first time he'll be asked to carry a NHL team.
Pekka Rinne, G10/24/2013 12:27:00 PM
Description: Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne will miss at least one month with a bacterial infection in his hip. SOURCE: NHL.com
Insight: The 30-year-old was 4-4-1 before the injury. Carter Hutton is getting the start in net Thursday against the Jets.
Mike Fisher, C10/24/2013 12:24:00 PM
Description: Predators center Mike Fisher (lower body) is questionable for Thursday's game against Winnipeg.
Insight: Fisher has missed three consecutive games. When he returns to the lineup get him back in your fantasy lineup as he's been solid with five points in seven games this season.
Mike Fisher, C10/22/2013 2:04:00 PM
Description: Predators center Mike Fisher (lower body) is questionable for Tuesday's game against Minnesota.
Insight: Fisher missed Saturday's game and Sunday's contest. When he returns to the lineup get him back in your fantasy lineup as he's been solid with five points in seven games this season.
Rich Clune, LW10/22/2013 2:01:00 PM
Description: Nashville winger Rich Clune is questionable for Tuesday's game against Minnesota while dealing with a family issue.
Insight: Klune isn't much of a scorer (just four goals in 65 career games), but he could help fantasy owners with penalty minutes.
Mike Fisher, C10/20/2013 10:41:00 AM
Description: Predators center Mike Fisher (lower body) is day-to-day.
Insight: Fisher missed Saturday's game and is doubtful for Sunday's contest against the Jets.
Denis Grebeshkov, D10/17/2013 1:38:00 PM
Description: Edmonton defenseman Denis Grebeshkov is doubtful for Thursday's game against the New York Islanders with a strained groin.
Insight: Grebeshkov scored as many as 39 points in a season (2008), but hasn't played in the NHL since 2009, instead opting for the KHL. We still recommend a wait-and-see strategy.
Mike Fisher, C10/15/2013 10:39:00 PM
Description: Predators center Mike Fisher one goal and one assist Tuesday against Florida.
Insight: Fisher has two goals and five points in six games this season. The 33-year-old has never had more than 53 points in any season.
Shea Weber, D10/15/2013 10:34:00 PM
Description: Predators defenseman Shea Weber scored his first goal of the season and added one assist Tuesday against the Panthers.
Insight: Weber has started out slow in each of the previous four seasons, and he only had one point in the first five games this season. However, he has been finished with 0.55 to 0.65 ppg in each of his last five campaigns and should produce at that level again.
Denis Grebeshkov, D10/15/2013 11:42:00 AM
Description: Edmonton defenseman Denis Grebeshkov is questionable for Tuesday's game against Pittsburgh. He's over his injury, but is working on his conditioning.
Insight: Grebeshkov scored as many as 39 points in a season (2008), but hasn't played in the NHL since 2009, instead opting for the KHL. We still recommend a wait-and-see strategy.
Denis Grebeshkov, D10/14/2013 11:13:00 AM
Description: Edmonton defenseman Denis Grebeshkov is questionable for Monday's game against New Jersey with a strained groin.
Insight: He's scored as many as 39 points in a season (2008), but hasn't played in the NHL since 2009, instead opting for the KHL. We recommend a wait-and-see strategy.
Viktor Stalberg, LW10/11/2013 8:15:00 PM
Description: Predators left wing Viktor Stalberg (shoulder) will be a game-time decision Saturday against the Islanders, according to the Tennessean.
Insight: The 27-year-old has not played yet this season due to a shoulder sprain. He had nine goals and 23 points in 47 games with the Blackhawks last season.
Roman Josi, D10/8/2013 4:08:00 PM
Description: Nashville defenseman Roman Josi is expected to miss Tuesday's game against Minnesota due to a concussion.
Insight: The Nashville defenseman is a low-end fantasy defenseman after posting 18 points on 96 shots last season with a -7 rating.
Denis Grebeshkov, D10/7/2013 9:59:00 AM
Description: Edmonton defenseman Denis Grebeshkov is expected to miss Monday's game against New Jersey with a strained groin.
Insight: He's scored as many as 39 points in a season (2008), but hasn't played in the NHL since 2009, instead opting for the KHL. We recommend a wait-and-see strategy.
Roman Josi, D10/5/2013 11:50:00 AM
Description: Roman Josi suffered what the Predators are calling an "upper body injury" on Friday night. SOURCE: Nashville Tennessean
Insight: The Nashville defenseman took a nasty hit to the head that could ultimately result in a suspension for Avalanche forward Steve Downie. Consider Josi questionable for Tuesday's game against Minnesota.
Filip Forsberg, C10/4/2013 11:23:00 AM
Description: Nashville center Filip Forsberg is questionable for Friday's game against Colorado with a lower body injury.
Insight: Forsberg did participate in the team's Wednesday practice, but is likely to miss one more game.
Pekka Rinne, G10/3/2013 6:09:00 PM
Description: Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne will start the season opener Thursday against the Blues.
Insight: Rinne played sparingly in the preseason after returning from hip surgery. The 30-year-old has started 87.7 percent of Nashville's games over the last two seasons, but the team may rest him more often early this season.
Viktor Stalberg, LW9/25/2013 7:48:00 PM
Description: Predators left wing Viktor Stalberg will be out 3-to-4 weeks with a sprained shoulder. SOURCE: Associated Press
Insight: The 27-year-old scored nine goals en route to the Stanley Cup last year in Chicago. He signed a four-year deal with Nashville back in July.
Pekka Rinne, G9/22/2013 11:31:00 AM
Description: Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne, who underwent hip surgery in May, is expected to make his preseason debut Sunday against the Islanders. SOURCE: Nashville Tennessean
Insight: The Predators usually don't have much need for a backup goaltender because Rinne rarely takes a night off, but he could be given more rest early in the 2013-14 season. The 30-year-old went 15-16 with a 2.43 GAA, a .910 SV% and five shutouts in 43 appearances during the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season.
Pekka Rinne, G9/13/2013 2:16:00 PM
Description: Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne, who underwent hip surgery in May, has been cleared to return to action.
Insight: Rinne is normally one of the NHL's top workhorses, but had an inconsistent season in which he went 15-16-8 with a 2.43 GAA and a .910 SV%. He tied for the NHL lead with five shutouts.

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