McLeod (lower body) is probable for Thursday's tilt with Montreal, Adam Vingan of The Tennessean reports. The physical winger landed on injured reserve Feb. 12 and missed out on the Preds' last eight games, but he was a full participant in Thursday's morning skate, taking rushes on the fourth line. A one-time 15-goal scorer in 2008-09, McLeod has failed to reach double-digit goals in each season since; he has just three goals in 13 games this campaign.
McLeod has been placed on injured reserve due to a lower-body injury, Robby Stanley of NHL.com reports. It's unclear when exactly McLeod sustained this injury, but he'll head to IR going into Nashville's bye week. The timetable for his return is unclear at this point, but even if he does not return immediately once the Preds come back from the bye, he's not likely to missed by the majority of fantasy owners -- his 8:02 of average ice time has translated into just four points this season.
McLeod scored his third goal of the season during Thursday's 4-3 loss to the Rangers. McLeod initially made a big splash upon joining th Preds back in January, scoring a goal against his former team (Colorado) in his first game out. Since then, however, he's been relatively quiet with just three points in his last 11 games. This should not surprise anyone, of course, since McLeod is still more of an enforcer-type player and typically sees less than 10 minutes of ice time per game. He does rack up plenty of hits though, with 40 in his last 12 contests.
McLeod went plus-2 with a goal and five penalty minutes in his Predators debut Saturday against the Avalanche, recording ice time of 10:12 including 2:46 on the power play. After acquiring him from the Avs the day before, the Preds didn't waste any time inserting McLeod into the lineup against his former team. The move paid immediate dividends as McLeod scored the first of Nashville's three unanswered goals, sparking his team's comeback from a 2-0 second-period deficit. Looking ahead, McLeod's fantasy value may be poised to take a bump upward, if he continues to see more ice time with the Preds than he was seeing with the Avs.
The Avalanche traded McLeod to the Predators on Friday in exchange for forward Cody McLeod. McLeod is a low-end winger in terms of offensive acumen, albeit with size -- he's 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds -- and physicality. Last season, he ranked 12th in the league by mashing opponents 240 times, so it's fitting that he's headed for Smashville.
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