Saros (upper body) was placed on injured reserve Thursday.
Saros suffered an upper-body injury during Tuesday's loss to the Hurricanes, and he'll be required to sit out until March 9 at the earliest. This is unfortunate timing, as Saros was making his third straight start and appeared to be regaining the No. 1 job. Pekka Rinne figures to handle a bulk of the starts until Saros returns.
Saros is considered day-to-day with his upper-body injury.
Saros exited Tuesday's loss to the Hurricanes after the first period after suffering an upper-body injury late in the frame. Kasimir Kaskisuo will likely join the active roster ahead of Thursday's game versus Florida if Saros is unable to go.
Saros (head) left Tuesday's contest versus the Hurricanes after the first period, Thomas Willis of the Predators' official site reports.
Saros took a hit to the head during the first period but was able to get to the intermission. Pekka Rinne relieved Saros at the start of the second period. Prior to his exit, Saros gave up two goals on 10 shots. Per the Predators, he'll be reevaluated Wednesday.
Saros will guard the home net in Tuesday's game versus the Hurricanes, Brooks Bratten of the Predators' official site reports.
It appears Saros has played his way back into the No. 1 role after stopping 59 of 61 shots over back-to-back wins over the Blue Jackets last weekend. With another strong performance Tuesday, he could truly separate himself from Pekka Rinne. However, the Hurricanes are far tougher than the Blue Jackets, as they rank eighth in the league with 3.24 goals per game.
Saros stopped 28 shots in Sunday's 3-1 win over the Blue Jackets.
The 25-year-old has mostly enjoyed his clashes with the Jackets this season, going 2-1-0 and giving up only four goals over three starts. Overall though, Saros has a shaky 3.00 GAA and .898 save percentage through 12 appearances this season.
Saros will protect the home net in Sunday's game versus the Blue Jackets, Brooks Bratten of the Predators' official site reports.
Saros shut the Blue Jackets down in Saturday's 2-1 win, steering away 29 of 31 shots. The Predators will ride the hot hand, providing Saros his second start in as many days. Saros sports an .891 save percentage and a 4-5-0 record this year. The Blue Jackets enter Sunday's game on a cold streak, losing six of seven games and averaging 2.3 goals per game in that stretch.
Saros made 29 saves in a 2-1 win over Columbus on Saturday.
He played a strong game -- the only puck that got past him came on a 2-on-0 after a turnover in the Preds' zone. Saros has scuffled this season and this win was his first in February, and just his second since Jan. 16. Pekka Rinne has been the man of the hour in the Nashville net this month, but Saros remains their future. Short-term, he remains a challenging activation because of playing time, but long-term, Saros is a solid fantasy man.
Saros will defend the home goal in Saturday's game versus the Blue Jackets, Brooks Bratten of the Predators' official site reports.
It's been exactly one month and seven starts since Saros' last win. Pekka Rinne has established himself as the No. 1 netminder recently, so Saros will need to battle his way into more playing time. The 25-year-old sports an .882 save percentage and a 3.47 GAA on the season. Meanwhile, the Blue Jackets have lost five of the last six games, producing just 2.5 goals per contest.
Saros stopped 19 of 21 shots in a 3-0 loss to Columbus on Thursday.
Cam Atkinson unleashed a shot from the right faceoff circle that was blocked by a sliding Nashville defenseman, but the puck ricocheted up and over Saros before he could locate it. The second goal was a long Max Domi one-timer from along the side boards. Saros has sputtered in the month of February, winning just once in five appearances (four starts) with an .833 save percentage.
Saros will tend the road goal for Thursday's game against the Blue Jackets, Brooks Bratten of the Predators' official site reports.
The 25-year-old will get his first start since Feb. 9, when he was torched for six goals on just 30 shots against Tampa Bay. Saros has been decent this season, going 3-4-0 along with a 3.65 GAA and .880 save percentage. Saros will get a solid matchup against a Blue Jackets offense that's only averaged 2.88 goals per contest this season, good for 18th in the league.
Saros and the Predators' game versus the Stars on Tuesday has been postponed due to severe weather conditions, Sportsnet reports.
Saros will have to wait for Thursday's game versus the Blue Jackets for his next potential opportunity to defend the cage. The 25-year-old Finn has struggled in the month of February, going 0-2-0 while posting an ugly 5.45 GAA and .816 save percentage in four appearances.
Monday's game for Saros between Nashville and Dallas has been postponed due to weather, Matthew DeFranks of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Fortunately, this isn't a COVID-19-related postponement. Saros was likely starting Monday but now could guard the cage against Dallas on Tuesday if that game stays on schedule. The 25-year-old owns a .880 save percentage and 3.65 GAA through nine appearances this season.
Saros stopped five of six shots in one period of work Saturday in a 4-2 loss to Detroit.
Saros started the third period in relief of Pekka Rinne with the Predators trailing 3-0. He gave up a top-shelf howitzer by Anthony Mantha and nothing else during his 19:32 between the pipes. Saros had allowed 15 goals in his previous three starts and is no lock to start Monday in Dallas even after being asked to mop up for Rinne on Saturday.
Saros allowed six goals on 30 shots Tuesday in a 6-1 loss to Tampa Bay.
Saros found himself trailing 3-1 just 14 minutes into the game and the Predators were never able to crawl back into it. The 25-year-old is off to a brutal start ot the month of February, giving up 15 goals over his last three starts with an .815 save percentage. With longtime Predator Pekka Rinne starting to play better recently, Saros may be forced to yield more of the workload.
Saros led the Predators onto the ice, indicating he'll start Tuesday's home game versus the Lightning, Brooks Bratten of the Predators' official site reports.
Saros has acted as the backup in the last two games, but he'll get the second half of a back-to-back versus the Lightning. Pekka Rinne took the loss in Monday's 4-1 defeat. Saros has struggled to a 3.32 GAA and an .893 save percentage in seven outings this season, and the Lightning don't make for an easy matchup.
Saros allowed five goals on 24 shots and was pulled after two periods Thursday in Florida.
Saros was spared the loss, as Pekka Rinne bricked up the net after replacing him and Nashville came back to win it 6-5 in overtime. Goaltending has been an issue for Nashville in the early going, with Saros posting a save percentage of .864 or worse in four of his last five outings. Rinne will likely start Friday's rematch with the Panthers after his success in relief.
Saros will tend the road goal for Thursday's matchup against the Panthers, Brooks Bratten of the Predators' official site reports.
The 25-year-old will get his second straight start in Florida, as he stopped 23 of 27 shots in Monday's loss to Tampa Bay. Saros has been decent to this point in the season, compiling a 3-3-0 record to go along with a 2.82 GAA and .907 save percentage in six appearances. Saros will face a red-hot Florida team that has gone 5-0-1 in the early going, including racking up 3.67 goals per game.
Saros yielded four goals on 25 shots in Monday's 5-2 loss to Nashville.
Saros and the Predators trailed 3-0 after the first period and 4-0 by the game's midway point. He may want Tampa Bay's fourth goal back -- Steven Stamkos appeared to catch him by surprise with a quick shot from the left dot -- but otherwise it was difficult to pin much blame on the 25-year-old. The other three Lighting goals came on an odd-man rush, a deflected point shot and a 2-on-0 rush. Saros is 3-3-0 in six starts with a 2.82 GAA and .906 save percentage.
Saros will defend the road net in Monday's game versus the Lightning, Brooks Bratten of the Predators' official site reports.
Saros has held his own this season as the Predators' top goalie, generating a .918 save percentage and a 3-2-0 record. The Lightning should be his toughest opponent yet, as they average 3.17 goals per game and have converted 23.8 percent of power-play opportunities.
Saros stopped 29 of 30 shots Wednesday in a 2-1 shootout win over Chicago.
After back to back losses over which he allowed eight goals, Saros tightened things up against the Blackhawks, giving up just a rebound goal to Ryan Carpenter midway through the third period. Saros got a little help from his goal post in overtime but denied all three Chicago shooters -- Dominik Kublik, Patrick Kane and Mattias Janmark -- during the shootout. The 25-year-old is 3-2-0 on the season with a 2.54 GAA and .918 save percentage.
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|02/28||vs CLB||W 3-1||1||1||28||29|
|02/27||vs CLB||W 2-1||1||1||29||30|
|02/18||@ CLB||L 0-3||1||2||19||21|
|02/13||vs DET||L 2-4||1||5||6|
|02/09||vs TB||L 1-6||1||6||24||30|
|02/04||@ FLA||W 6-5 (OT)||5||19||24|
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