Nystrom (upper-body) will return to the Predators lineup on Tuesday.
Nystrom has missed the last five games with an upper-body injury, but will be back in tonight in Montreal. He will replace Taylor Beck on the Predators fourth line. Nystrom has nine points (5G / 4) and a plus-5 rating in 39 games.
Hutton was yanked after giving up three goals on four shots in the Predators loss to the Red Wings on Saturday. It was an ugly night, but there were some funny bounces and Hutton was not to blame. He will get a chance to bounce back tonight, but it won’t be easy as he gets set to take on the Canadiens in Montreal.
Hutton leads the Predators onto the ice for warmups.
Hutton allowed three goals on 34 shots in the Predators win over the Capitals last night. Despite the heavy workload last night, they will turn to Mrazek again tonight in Detroit. Last night was his first win of the season and moved him to 1-3-2 with a 2.67 GAA and .907 SV% on the season.
Hutton will make his first home start of the season.
Hutton will take over for the injured Pekka Rinne for the next 3-5 weeks. He stopped all 10 shots that he faced after replacing Rinne on Tuesday. He is 0-3-2 with a 2.60 GAA and .905 SV% in five starts this season. Tonight he will take on a Capitals team who have won six of seven while outscoring their opponents 21-12.
The Predators announced this morning that Rinne would miss at least the next three games and then be re-evaluated, but Rinne met with the doctor this morning and he determined the knee sprain will keep him out for 3-5 weeks. If he misses exactly three weeks from today, he will miss eight games. This is a huge blow to the Predators, but they dealt with it OK last season. They will turn to Carter Hutton and Marek Mazanec as their goalie tandem.
The Predators have recalled Marek Mazanec from Milwaukee (AHL).
With Pekka Rinne out for at least the next three games, Mazanec has been recalled to serve as the Predaotrs second goalie. The 23-year-old net minder has gone 11-8-3 with a 2.49 GAA and .907 SV% with Milwaukee this season.
Rinne will miss at least the next three games with a sprained knee.
During the third period of the Nashville Predators 5-1 victory on Tuesday night, goaltender Rinne sustained a sprained knee which will cause him to miss the next three games and All-Star Weekend, the club announced Thursday. Rinne’s status will be re-evaluated and updated after the NHL All-Star Break. Carter Hutton becomes the Predators temporary starter.
Rinne left Tuesday’s game with a lower-body injury and did not return.
Rinne, who leads the NHL in wins, left late in the third period after he slid feet first into the boards. He was attended to by trainers, but was able to skate off under his own power. Rinne is likely the early candidate for the Vezina Trophy, so if he misses anytime, it is a huge loss for the Predators. He will be re-evaluated and a more detailed injury report will be released in the next 24 hours.
Rinne leads the Predators onto the ice for warmups.
Rinne made 36 saves on 37 shots in the Predators 3-1 win over the Wild on Saturday. Rinne has been ridiculous all year long and his winning streak has hit five, while posting a 2.60 GAA and .907 SV% over that stretch. In his first start against the Canucks he made 26 saves in a 3-1 win.
Neal (lower-body) has been activated from IR and will be in the lineup tonight vs. Vancouver.
Neal has missed the last five games with a lower-body injury, but will be back in tonight vs. the Canucks. Neal will skate with Mike Fisher and Colin Wilson on the Predators second line. He has 13 goals and 10 assists (23 points) in 35 games this season.