Watson scored a goal on four shots and dished out 14 hits in Monday's 2-1 overtime loss to the Stars in Game 6.
Watson was a physical force of nature, scoring the opening goal and then running rampant with the lofty hit totals. Watson produced 16 points and 109 hits in 37 regular-season appearances, and has added a goal and a helper along with (32) hits in six postseason outings.
Watson picked up a pair of assists in Thursday's 3-2 win over Vancouver.
The two assists are Watson's first points since Jan. 23, as the Predators forward was appearing in just his second game since that date, having missed a large chunk of the season as a result of his legal troubles. In 36 games, he's managed to find the scoresheet 15 times and is an impressive plus-10. Albeit in a relatively small sample size, 2018-19 has seen Watson play more minutes per game (14:28) than any other year of his professional career.
Watson -- who was recalled from a conditioning stint Sunday -- will play in Tuesday's game against the Sabres.
Watson missed extended time following a suspension for substance abuse and required some time in the minors to get back into game shape. Now ready to go, the fifth-year winger will attempt to pick up where he left off, having notched four points over three games prior to the suspension.
Watson was recalled from AHL Milwaukee on Sunday, Adam Vingan of The Athletic reports.
Watson collected four goals in two games during his brief conditioning stint. He had 13 points in 34 games with Nashville prior to his suspension, but it remains unclear what his role with the team will be for the rest of the season.
Watson recorded a pair of goals for AHL Milwaukee in Wednesday's clash with AHL Rockford.
Watson -- who is back in the minors for the first time since Oct. 19, 2016 -- didn't take long to get his scoring touch back. The Admirals are in action Saturday and Sunday and if the winger continues to produce, he could be recalled from his conditioning assignment ahead of Nashville's tilt with Buffalo on Tuesday.
Watson was sent to AHL Milwaukee for a conditioning assignment Monday.
Watson and Miikka Salomaki (upper body) will try to play themselves into game shape at the AHL level before returning to Nashville for the tail end of the regular season and/or the playoffs.
Watson is set to rejoin the Preds at practice Wednesday and could be headed for a conditioning assignment with AHL Milwaukee, Thomas Willis of the Predators' official site reports.
Watson was recently reinstated by the league, but considering he hasn't played since Jan. 23, a stint in the minors could help him get back up to game speed. Once he gets his legs back under him, the winger could contribute in a bottom-six role heading into the playoffs.
Watson was reinstated by the NHL on Monday, Kristopher Martel of Fox Sports Tennessee reports.
Watson had been undergoing treatment for substance abuse, stemming from domestic assault charges levied on the Predators' forward last July. It remains to be seen if and when he'll suit up again for Nashville, but Watson has been returned to "available status" according to the league's announcement. He last played Jan. 23.
Watson will be suspended without pay as he enters the second stage of the Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program, Adam Vingan of The Athletic reports, adding that the winger will be eligible to return once authorized for "on-ice competition" by the SABH administrators.
This suspension has been issued under the terms of a joint program regulated by the NHL and NHLPA. Watson faced a 27-game ban after pleading no contest to misdemeanor domestic assault charges in July of 2018, but the league ultimately reduced the length of that suspension to 18 games before he returned Nov. 15. According to Vingan, this latest development is "related exclusively to (Watson's) ongoing issues with alcohol abuse."
Watson picked up an assist against the Golden Knights on Wednesday.
Watson has points in three consecutive games and appears to have shaken off his month-long slump, in which he was held off the scoresheet in 16 straight outings. With the points once again piling up, the winger could challenge for an increased role in the top six, though the impending return of Kyle Turris (lower body) could hurt Watson's chances of getting more ice time.
Watson recorded an assist and five PIM during Tuesday's 7-2 rout over the Capitals.
Watson has dropped the gloves in consecutive contests, while the helper brings him to six goals and nine points in 30 games, which significantly limits his fantasy value.
Watson skated just 9:38 in Thursday's 2-0 loss to the Stars, and he extended his current pointless skid to seven games.
After missing the first 18 games of the season due to a suspension, Watson made an immediate impact upon his return with seven points in nine contests. However, he's really struggled of late, with a single goal in 11 games since the start of December. It's quite possible that the foot injury he suffered earlier in the month is still giving him problems, which would account for his reduced ice time. Either way, it's probably best to stash him on your fantasy bench until he's back up to speed.
Watson (foot) will play in Tuesday's home game versus the Senators, Robby Stanley of NHL.com reports.
Watson was spotted in a walking boot Monday and looked like a long shot to suit up, but he's ready to man the third line. Watson has five goals and seven points in 12 games. His goal scoring likely won't continue at this rate, but he adds a physical touch as well with 28 hits.
Watson didn't practice Monday and was seen wearing a walking boot on his left foot, Paul Skrbina of the Tennessean reports.
This probably rules Watson out for Tuesday's game against the Senators, and perhaps Thursday's matchup with the Canucks as well. The Predators seem snakebit at the moment, as they were already missing Filip Forsberg (hand), Kyle Turris (upper body), and Viktor Arvidsson (hand) before Watson went down. If you want a silver lining, this could mean more playing time for the promising youngster Eeli Tolvanen.
Watson scored three goals Sunday in a 5-2 win over the Ducks.
It's Nashville's fourth hat trick of the year and it needed just 24 games to achieve it. One of Watson's goals Sunday came with the man advantage. Meanwhile, the 26-year-old now has four goals and six points in six games this season. The Predators' forward missed time earlier in the year serving a suspension, sitting out 18 games for his role in a domestic assault charge.
Watson scored his first goal of the season in Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Blues.
Now with three points in four games following an 18-game suspension, Watson looks intent on making up for lost time. He is playing mainly on the Preds' third line with Nick Bonino and Colton Sissons, but is averaging a healthy 14:35 in ice time and is very quietly moving up the fantasy rankings. He's worth an add right now in deeper formats.
Watson notched an assist versus Arizona on Thursday, his first game back following an 18-game suspension.
Even with the missed outings due to his ban, Watson could challenge for the 20-point mark this season -- something he came just one tally shy of reaching last year. The winger is currently slotted into the third line, but he could get a look on the top unit with Filip Forsberg and Ryan Johansen down the road, which would provide a significant boost to his fantasy value.
Watson (suspension) has served his 18-game ban and is eligible to suit up versus the Coyotes on Thursday.
Where Watson fits into the lineup out the gate is unclear, but given the struggles of Kevin Fiala to start the season, the 26-year-old Watson could be in line for a top-six role. Last year, the winger came just one point shy of the 20-point mark while setting career highs in goals (14), points (19) and shots (96).
Watson had his suspension reduced to 18 games Thursday, Thomas Willis of the Predators' official site reports.
Watson was originally suspended for 27 games after being arrested for domestic assault, back in June. A neutral arbitrator decided to slash nine games off the original punishment, allowing Watson to return as early as Nov. 15 (a road contest versus Arizona). In July, the Predators' forward pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor domestic assault charge.
Watson (suspension) had his appeal hearing Wednesday and will await the ruling of a neutral arbitrator regarding his 27-game ban, Pierre LeBrun of TSN reports.
Watson is hoping to shorten the length of his ban, which is the result of a misdemeanor domestic assault charge to which he pleaded no contest. Even if the suspension is cut by a few games, the winger won't be in action for Opening Night against the Rangers on Oct. 4.
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