Mike Fisher

Preds’ Weber not travelling to Chicago


The Nashville Predators will be without captain Shea Weber for Games 3 and 4 in Chicago.

The defenseman left Friday night’s 6-2 win in the second period with a lower body injury following a collision with Brandon Saad and did not return.

He had one assist and a plus-1 rating in 13:25 of ice time prior to leaving the game.

Weber was second among Preds blue liners in the regular season with an average ice time of 26:22 per game, and with 45 points. He played 38:13 in Nashville’s 4-3 double-overtime loss in Game 1 on Wednesday.

Nashville could have forward Mike Fisher for Game 3. Fisher left Game 1 on Wednesday night with a lower body injury.

Huge loss for Preds as Weber (lower body) knocked out of Game 2


Another game, another important Nashville Predator lost to injury.

This time, it’s captain and All Star defenseman Shea Weber, who exited Game 2 versus Chicago midway through the second period and was later ruled out of the contest with a lower-body ailment.

In Wednesday’s Game 1 OT loss, the Preds lost the services of Mike Fisher, who left with a lower-body injury of his own and was held out of tonight’s contest.

It’s unclear how Weber got hurt or the severity of the injury; that said, there’s no denying the impact it’ll have on the Preds. The 29-year-old d-man averaged over 26 minute per night during the regular season and was a workhorse in Game 1, playing 38:13

Deadline pickups Franson, Santorelli likely in for Preds after sitting Game 1


After blowing a 3-0 lead and losing their series opener against Chicago in OT, the Predators appear to be making some lineup changes.

Cody Franson and Mike Santorelli, acquired from Toronto just prior to the trade deadline, look as though they’ll play tonight after sitting out Game 1. Franson, who had been dealing with an upper-body injury that lingered from the regular season, said he feels ready to get back into action for the first time since Apr. 9.

As for Santorelli, an injury to Mike Fisher looks as though it’ll play in his favor. Head coach Peter Laviolette wouldn’t confirm the move, but it’s expected Santorelli — who’s posted four points (one goal, three assists) in 22 games with Nashville — will get in ahead of ’14 first-rounder Kevin Fiala, who also sat out Game 1.

“He brings a lot of speed to the lineup,” Laviolette said of Santorelli, per The Tennessean. “He’s capable of contributing offensively. He’s a reliable player. We can use him on the penalty kill. I think he’s been an effective player for us in the role we’ve asked him to play in. If Mike gets in there, tonight, we have no question he’ll be able to do the job.”

Fisher, who leaves ‘big shoes to fill,’ day-to-day for Preds

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It’s probably not a coincidence that Nashville’s collapse against Chicago on Wednesday night coincided with Mike Fisher getting hurt, trying to play through injury and eventually exiting in the second period.

Which makes today’s update somewhat ominous.

The Preds have listed Fisher as day-to-day with a lower-body ailment, and didn’t offer any further information on the veteran center’s health. Last night, the 34-year-old exited after playing 5:07 in the first period and just one 25-second shift in the middle frame.

“You could go down a checklist of things that you need from players on the ice, from faceoffs, leadership, power play, penalty kill, and you just keep checking the boxes when Mike comes out of the lineup,” Preds head coach Peter Laviolette said following the loss, per The Tennessean.

“Those are some big shoes to fill.”

It’s unclear if this latest injury is something new, or a re-aggravation of the lower-body injury that forced Fisher to miss Nashville’s last few games of the regular season. Whatever the case, it isn’t good — Fisher was a key contributor that finished with 39 points in 59 games this season, playing big minutes for a Preds team that isn’t especially deep at center.

After blowing three-goal lead, Preds lose Fisher (lower body)


Things are going from bad to worse for the Predators.

Having already blown a 3-0 lead on Chicago in Game 1 of their opening-round series — at home, no less — the Preds announced that veteran center Mike Fisher would be lost for the remainder of the game with a lower-body ailment.

Fisher, who missed the final two games of the regular season with a lower-body ailment (unclear if it’s related), played 5:07 in the first period but took just one 25-second shift in the second before exiting the contest for good.

This has been a tough season health-wise for the 34-year-old, who missed extensive time at the start of the year following a torn Achilles tendon. When in the lineup, though, Fisher was a key contributor that finished with 39 points in 59 games, and played big minutes for a Preds team that isn’t especially deep at center.