• Preds' Weber Progressing Well

    News: Predators GM David Poile said Shea Weber is progressing well in his recovery from a dislocated kneecap.
    Analysis: Poile suggested that Shea Weber is about "90 percent" healthy, putting the defenseman on track to be back at full strength by the start of training camp. The knee injury limited Weber's prevented him from suiting up during much of the Preds' opening-round playoff series against the eventual Stanley Cup-champion Blackhawks, putting a damper on another strong season for the blueliner. He finished the campaign with 15 goals, 45 points, and a plus-15 rating over 78 games.
  • Preds' Weber Dealing With Dislocated Kneecap

    News: Shea Weber suffered a dislocated kneecap in the Preds' first-round series against the Blackhawks and will require 4-to-6 weeks of recovery time.
    Analysis: Shea Weber, who missed the final four games of the series, has already undergone a procedure to address the issue and should be back to full health by midsummer. The blueliner saw his point total dip from 56 the season prior to 45 in 2014-15, but even with that minor regression, he still finished as one of the league's top-scoring defensemen. He'll turn 30 in August and probably still has a few more years left at the tail end of his prime.
  • Preds' Weber Out For Rest Of First Round

    News: Shea Weber (lower body) will miss the rest of Nashville's opening-round series against the Blackhawks, but he did not suffer an ACL injury, Kristopher Martel of FOX Sports reports.
    Analysis: It's not a good sign for Shea Weber's future playoff availability that he's already being ruled out for the rest of the current series, but there's a pretty good chance this won't matter, as the Preds need to win two straight games against the Blackhawks while playing without their superstar blueliner. Given this isn't an ACL injury, Weber will likely be alright for the beginning of next season, even if he doesn't make it back for a possible second-round series.
  • Preds' Weber Out For Game 5

    News: Shea Weber (lower body) will miss Thursday's Game 5 matchup with the Blackhawks, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
    Analysis: Shea Weber appeared to be doubtful heading into the matchup, so it's not too surprising that he won't go Thursday. Should the series extend to Game 6, his next chance to return would be Saturday for that contest.
  • Preds' Weber Appears Doubtful For Game 5

    News: Shea Weber (lower body) wasn't on the ice for Thursday's morning skate and appears doubtful for Game 5 against the Blackhawks, Adam Vingan of The Tennessean reports.
    Analysis: Coach Peter Laviolette declined to confirm Shea Weber's status one way or the other after the skate, but considering that the blueliner hasn't been spotted on the ice since leaving Game 2 with an injury, he looks like a long shot to be available. Victor Bartley once again appears poised to assume Weber's spot in the lineup.
  • Preds' Weber Day-To-Day

    News: Shea Weber (lower body) remains day-to-day, according to Brooks Bratten of NHL.com.
    Analysis: Per the report, coach Peter Laviolette is unsure about Shea Weber's status for Thursday's game against Chicago, which infers that there's at least some chance that the blueliner could suit up for the contest.
  • Preds' Weber (Lower Body) Won't Travel With Team

    News: Shea Weber will not make the trip to Chicago with the Predators, John Glennon of The Tennessean reports.
    Analysis: It's a huge blow to the Predators, who will be without Shea Weber for at least Games 3 and 4 of their playoff series against the Blackhawks. Weber's next chance to return to Nashville's lineup will come on Saturday, however, the likelihood of that occurring is up in the air at this point in time.
  • Preds' Weber (Undisclosed) Leaves Game With Injury

    News: Shea Weber was forced out of Friday's Game 2 against the Blackhawks with an undisclosed injury, Brooks Bratten of NHL.com reports.
    Analysis: At this point in time the severity of Shea Weber's ailment remains unclear, as the team has yet to provide an update on his status. His availability for Game 3 of the Predators' playoff series with the Blackhawks will become clearer as soon as Nashville sheds some light on the nature of Weber's injury.
  • Preds' Weber Set To Play In Game 1

    News: Shea Weber (lower body) is expected to return to the lineup for Wednesday's Game 1 against the Blackhawks, John Glennon of The Tennessean reports.
    Analysis: Shea Weber resumed practicing Monday after missing the Predators' final regular-season game due to injury. It looks as though he's checked out fine the last couple days, which is enough to lock him into the lineup for Wednesday's playoff opener. Weber saw both his goal (15) and assist (30) totals this season decline from their marks from a year earlier, but he's still very clearly one of the top two-way blueliners in the game.
  • Preds' Weber Back At Practice

    News: Shea Weber (lower body) practiced Monday, The Tennessean reports.
    Analysis: Shea Weber sat out Saturday's game against the Stars, but his return to practice Monday puts him on track to be a go for Wednesday's playoff opener against Chicago.