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Predators' Juuse Saros: Preparing to face Devils
Saros is on track to start against the visiting Devils on Saturday, Adam Vingan of The Athletic reports.
Saros took down New Jersey in its own barn Oct. 25, stopping 33 of 36 shots in the process. The Finn has certainly struggled at times this season, but he does have a 7-5-0 record working against his 3.36 GAA and .885 save percentage over 13 games. As relayed from Brooks Bratten of the Predators' official site, Preds coach Peter Laviolette expects his team to provide better support for the traditional backup goalie. "I'll be perfectly honest, I think we've played lousy in front of Juice," said the bench boss.... See More ... See Less
Predators' Mattias Ekholm: Trending towards career season
Ekholm recorded an assist for the fifth time in the past six games in Thursday's 4-3 overtime win against the Canucks.
Apart from a four-game dry spell in the middle of November, Ekholm has been a model of consistency on the Preds' blue line this season. He is now up to 20 points in 32 games, putting him on pace for a career-high 50-point season. If the 28-year-old Swede is still somehow available on your league's waiver wire, do not hesitate to snap him up.... See More ... See Less
Predators' Dan Hamhuis: Rare helper in OT win Thursday
Hamhuis collected just his fourth point in 21 games with an assist in Thursday's 4-3 overtime win over the Canucks.
Hamhuis has been skating in a top-four capacity lately, averaging almost 20 minutes per game opposite Mattias Ekholm on the Preds' second defensive pairing. However, with the return of P.K. Subban (upper body) looming on the horizon, he will likely see his ice time drop as a result. It won't affect his fantasy value much, however, as the 35-year-old blueliner is still unlikely to reach the 20-point mark as he did last season while playing in Dallas.... See More ... See Less
Predators' Filip Forsberg: Tracking for January return
Forsberg (hand) remains on track to return in early January, TSN reports.
Forsberg, who went down with the injury Dec. 1, was originally given a 4-to-6 week timeline for recovery, so an early January return would fit that timeframe. He has 22 points in 26 games this season, and despite his absence still leads the team in goals scored with 14.... See More ... See Less
Predators' Viktor Arvidsson: Out another three weeks
Arvidsson (thumb) is expected to be out until early January, TSN reports.
Arvidsson was originally given a six-to-eight week recovery period when he went down with the injury Nov. 10, so it looks like he's on track to return within that time frame. He will more than likely return to his top-six role once he gets the green light, and rejoin Ryan Johansen and Filip Forsberg (also expected to be out until early January with a hand injury) on the Preds' top line.... See More ... See Less
Predators' Calle Jarnkrok: Nets first point of December in win
Jarnkrok scored a goal in Thursday's 4-3 overtime win against the Canucks.
The Swedish winger had not recorded a point in the month of December, but Jarnkrok's seventh goal of the season gave Nashville a 3-1 lead midway through the second period. The game would ultimately need overtime after Vancouver scored two goals late in the third period to tie it 3-3. The goal was Jarnkrok's first point in seven games.... See More ... See Less
Predators' Kyle Turris: Picks up helper in return to action
Playing in his first game since Nov. 23, Turris recorded an assist in Thursday's 4-3 overtime win versus Vancouver.
With his assist on Calle Jarnkrok's second-period goal Thursday, Turris now has 12 helpers to go along with five goals in 2018-19. He continues to be somewhat snakebitten in the goal department but has offset that with solid assist production. Another positive from the game was Turris' involvement with Nashville's power play, as the forward finished with 1:29 of ice time in that spot. If he stays healthy, Turris should continue to draw regular shifts with the man advantage.... See More ... See Less
Predators' Nick Bonino: Plays key role in OT win
Bonino scored a goal and assisted on the game-winner in Thursday's 4-3 overtime victory against Vancouver.
Bonino had gone six games without recording a point, but the 30-year-old put an end to the drought Thursday, picking up a pair of points, one of which came in the form of a primary helper on the game's deciding goal. As a bottom-six forward, Bonino isn't going to transform fantasy fortunes with his play alone, but the veteran center has played a solid two-way role for Nashville this season, on his way to posting 13 points in 31 games.... See More ... See Less
Predators' Colton Sissons: Nets OT winner
Sissons finished with two points -- an assist and the game-winning goal -- in Thursday's 4-3 overtime win over the Canucks.
Nashville was the better team most of the night, but it was still forced into overtime after conceding two goals in the final five minutes. Sissons picked up the win for the Preds with his seventh goal of the season at the 3:05 mark of overtime and now has six points in his last four games. On the season, the 25-year-old grinder has 16 points in 32 games and is on pace to surpass his previous career high for points in a season.... See More ... See Less
Predators' Pekka Rinne: Stays focused in win
Rinne allowed three goals on 22 shots in Thursday's 4-3 overtime win over the Canucks.
Quiet most of the game, Rinne was beaten twice in the final five minutes to force overtime. The Predators, along with their No. 1 netminder, wound up winning on Colton Sissons' seventh goal of the season, with the result moving Rinne's record to 14-5-1 with a 1.96 GAA and .929 save percentage. He's won four of his last five starts and remains a must-start for all who own him.... See More ... See Less
Predators' Pekka Rinne: In net versus Canucks
Rinne will start Thursday against Vancouver, Brooks Bratten of the Predators' official site reports.
The Preds' netminder bounced back nicely in his last start after being pulled in the one prior. In Vancouver, Rinne draws a club that's won three straight and averages 2.94 goals per game, 19th in the NHL. The two teams played seven days ago, with Vancouver prevailing 5-3 and Rinne allowing four goals on 25 shots.... See More ... See Less
Predators' Kyle Turris: Will play Thursday
Turris (upper body) will be in action versus Vancouver on Thursday, Robby Stanley of NHL.com reports.
In order to clear space for Turris to be activated off injured reserve, the club sent Eeli Tolvanen down to AHL Milwaukee. The center figures to not only return to a second-line role, but also should retake his spot on the power play, where he is averaging 2:53 of ice time and has tallied five of his 16 points this year.... See More ... See Less
Predators' Eeli Tolvanen: Shipped down to minors
Tolvanen was returned to AHL Milwaukee on Thursday.
Tolvanen tallied two points in his four games with the Preds, in which he averaged 13:16 of ice time. The winger's demotion likely clears the way for Kyle Turris (upper body) to be activated off injured reserve. While Tolvanen figures to spend the bulk of the year in the minors, he should feature prominently on the short list of potential call-ups.... See More ... See Less
Predators' P.K. Subban: Will miss next two contests
General manager David Poile is hopeful Subban (upper body) will be ready to return next week, Thomas Willis of the Predators' official site reports.
This news effectively rules Subban out of Thursday's matchup with Vancouver and Saturday's clash with the Devils, but it appears as though he's finally nearing a return to game action. Another update on the former Canadien's status should surface prior to Monday's meeting with Ottawa.... See More ... See Less
Predators' Kyle Turris: Closing in on return
Per general manager David Poile, Turris (upper body) could return to game action this week, Thomas Willis of the Predators' official site reports.
Turris returned to practice Monday, albeit in a non-contact capacity, but it sounds like there's a still a chance he'll be cleared to play in time for Thursday's matchup with Vancouver. The Predators and fantasy owners will both hope that ends up being the case, as Turris has been pretty productive when healthy this season, notching five goals and 16 points in 23 appearances. Another update on the veteran forward's status should surface following Thursday's morning skate.... See More ... See Less
Predators' Ryan Johansen: Bounces back from Saturday
Johansen assisted Ryan Ellis' game-winning goal in a 3-1 win over Ottawa on Tuesday
Johansen needed this after an ugly minus-4 performance Saturday, and he got back on track nicely with his 21st assist of the season. As long as you can withstand his middling plus-minus numbers, he's a solid option in all formats.... See More ... See Less
Predators' Pekka Rinne: Recovers from early error
Rinne allowed a goal on the first shot of the game but stopped the remaining 25 shots, earning a 3-1 win over Ottawa on Tuesday.
This was the opponent and the game that Rinne needed to get back on track. The Predators' defense did its job and kept the Senators at bay for most of the night, and Rinne played well to combine for a great effort. With a middling Vancouver attack up next, Rinne is a solid option for Thursday.... See More ... See Less
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