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P.K. Subban Still Out

from Adam Vingan of The Tennessean,

During an appearance on 102.5-FM on Thursday morning, Predators general manager David Poile updated the status of defenseman P.K. Subban, who will miss his sixth and seventh consecutive games Thursday and Friday because of an upper-body injury.

"The update, unfortunately, is minimal," Poile said. "We had hoped and thought with the injury that P.K. might be close to playing and we thought he might be on the ice (Wednesday), but that didn't happen. We're still on a day-to-day situation. ... Where I sit today, I'm hoping that P.K. in the next couple of days will be in a position where he'll want to be getting on the ice.

"Hopefully after these two games, he actually could be playing Tuesday against Montreal. If that's not the case, then we'll have another update at that time."


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The Latest On P.K. Subban’s Health

from Adam Vingan of The Tennessean,

Predators defenseman P.K. Subban won't play against the Wild on Tuesday, the fifth consecutive game that he will miss because of an upper-body injury.

"A little disappointing," Predators general manager David Poile told 102.5-FM on Tuesday afternoon. "We all thought that there was a good chance that he would skate today with the idea of maybe playing later this week, but that didn't happen. We're going to have a little meeting tonight with P.K. and the doctors just to see where we are."

Although Subban hasn't played since Dec. 15, the Predators haven't placed him on injured reserve.


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Video- P.K Subban Bearing Gifts

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Videos- The Nashville Predators And Tampa Bay Lightning Go After Each Other

from Adam Vingan of The Tennessean,

With less than six minutes left in the Predators' 3-1 victory against the Lightning on Monday, Predators defenseman Roman Josi was the recipient of a blindside hit from Lightning forward J.T. Brown.

It appeared that Brown's left shoulder made contact with Josi's head, forcing the latter out of the game. Josi, who angrily tossed his glove down the hallway to the Predators' locker room as he left, said he was fine and removed by a concussion spotter.

This season, the NHL updated its concussion protocol, authorizing in-arena spotters and those watching from the league's New York office to require teams to remove players if they deem it necessary. Josi has previously been concussed during his NHL career.

"I didn't see him coming," Josi said, referring to Brown. "I just saw (Lightning forward Brian) Boyle on the one side. He came around the net. I didn't see him."...

It wasn't the last time that Brown was involved in a hard-hitting play Monday. In the final two minutes, he and Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis collided as they pursued a puck in the corner. Brown then proceeded to punch Ellis multiple times as the two laid on the ice. Ellis received a five-minute major for interference and a game misconduct, and Brown received a roughing minor and a misconduct.


Watch both incidents below...

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Blues Scoring Woes Continue

from Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

There are only so many points you can expect to get when you score as little as the Blues are right now. They snuck out one point on Wednesday against Chicago when they scored just one goal but on Thursday, one goal was not enough to get anything.

Even though the Blues took a rare early lead, scoring less than four minutes into the game, they never scored again and gave up three goals in about 6 ½ minutes spanning the second and third periods and fell 3-1 at Bridgestone Arena.

“I think after a while you start living on one goal, you’re not going to win many games,” coach Ken Hitchcock said.

“We had chances to score more than one goal,” said left winger Jaden Schwartz. “We couldn’t find a way and only end up scoring one. It’s tough to keep winning when you only score one or two goals.”

It has become the theme of this season for the Blues, and considering the struggles have spanned pretty much the whole season, this may soon no longer be a slump and start being the team’s identity.


Watch highlights from the 3-1 loss by the Blues to the Predators.

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Slow Start Doesn’t Bother The Nashville Predators

from John Glennon of NashvillePredators.com,

... the team was 4-5-3 heading into Thursday's game against St. Louis - doesn't mean the sky is falling.

Would the Predators like to be in a better position, given the excitement surrounding the team following the acquisition of defenseman P.K. Subban? Absolutely.

But very few teams roll through an 82-game regular season without hitting rough patches. It's just a matter of when they occur, how long they last and how well teams emerge from them.

"I can guarantee you the team that wins the Stanley Cup this year will have gone 3-5-2 in 10 games - we just caught ours right off the bat," Predators Head Coach Peter Laviolette said. "It could be us, it could be somebody else. [But] no team, rarely, goes through a year where they play every 10-game segment above .500."

What might be some of the reasons the Predators - who'd claimed at least a point in four-straight games going into Thursday - are still seeking to find a greater level of consistency?

One is that it may take some time for the Preds to adjust to different pairings on defense.


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Are You Worried In Dallas And Nashville?

from Sean McIndoe at Sportsnet,

We’ve flipped the calendar into the NHL season’s second month, and one of the biggest emerging stories can be found in the Central Division. Specifically, down near the bottom of the standings, where two teams that we all expected to be very good are struggling to find wins.

With three wins through nine games, the Nashville Predators are on pace for just 64 points on the season. The Dallas Stars‘ three wins and eight points have them in a little better shape, projecting out to 73 points. Those would be stunning totals for two teams that both played in the second round last year, and that came into this year as favourites in the Central.

But if you’re a Stars or Predators fan, you’re probably wondering just how troubling a bad start can be. After all, each team still has 73 games left to play, which seems like plenty of time to right the ship. Is this kind of start really as big a deal as it might seem?

One way to forecast the future can be to dig into the past. So today, let’s look through the salary cap era with a specific question: How often have good teams gotten off to starts this bad?


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As Most Teams Do, The Nashville Predators Are Struggling When Giving Up An Early Goal

from Adam Vingan of The Tennessean,

The list of things that the Predators want to correct is fairly long, as is expected with their 2-5-1 record being the second worst in the NHL entering play Tuesday.

One of those items is playing with a lead, which Nashville hasn't done much this season. According to the Corsica website, the Predators, who face the Avalanche on Tuesday, have led for the second-fewest minutes in the league. In seven of their eight games, they have allowed the first goal, with four of those goals being scored within the first 10 minutes.

"Typically, the team that scores first has a higher chance of winning," Predators forward Colin Wilson said Tuesday morning. "As a group, when you're not getting as many wins, it can kind of mess with you a little bit mentally, but I think once you start getting that confidence, it doesn't matter who scores first."


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Video- Ryan Johansen With A Two Minutes For Unsportsmanlike Conduct Penaly

Post-game stories had no mention of the incident, so we are left to guess.  Could have been some words were exchanged or a rules violation.


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Montreal Canadiens Season Ticket Holder Takes Out An Ad In The Montreal Gazette

from CBC,

A disgruntled Montreal Canadiens season ticket holder says they will only be attending one game this season — when the Habs take on P.K. Subban's new team.

In a full page newspaper ad, which costs roughly $20,000, the self-described "lifelong fan" said the trade that sent Subban to the Nashville Predators for Shea Weber this summer has changed the way they feel about the team.

"Now, I feel anger, disappointment and embarrassment over the treatment of P.K. Subban by team management: the same sentiments that many felt after the Patrick Roy trade," reads the anonymous ad posted in Thursday's Montreal Gazette, signed by "Dr. CK and Family."


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