It isn't the ideal situation for the Predators, but it could be much worse. Defenseman Ryan Suter, who was injured Saturday against Phoenix, will not play for the Predators today at Columbus. But Coach Barry Trotz received a positive update Monday and does not believe his star blueliner will miss much time. "I was really encouraged," Trotz said. "If everything goes well, I expect Suter to play Thursday (vs. Chicago)." Suter was injured during his team's 3-2 loss to Phoenix at Bridgestone Arena. Suter was hit hard by the Coyotes' Shane Doan late in the second period. Suter was not making a play on the puck when the hit occurred, and the hit drew the ire of many Predators players and the coaching staff. After the game, Trotz said that is the type of play the NHL is trying to get out of the game. Doan was not called for a penalty, and the league has not taken action. The Predators are listing Suter with an upper-body injury. He and captain Shea Weber are considered one of the best defensive pairings in the NHL. "He's one of our best players, and it hurts when he's out of the lineup," Weber said. "He's having one of his best years, I think. He was playing his best hockey. He was confident, making plays and skating well." Suter, 26, did not participate in Monday's practice and did not make the trip to Columbus. The Predators will call up a defenseman from the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League, but won't make it official until today. The top contenders are Roman Josi, Jonathon Blum, Teemu Laakso and Aaron Johnson. Josi is currently on a 13-game point streak (five goals, nine assists), and Blum just had a nine-game point streak end. Both are highly touted prospects who are puck-moving defensemen, which is what the Predators need to fill Suter's role.
Preds will sit Suter, but not for long
Tennessean | Feb 22