Nashville Predators

Sabres’ Gorges (lower body) done for the season

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The Buffalo Sabres will be without Josh Gorges for the remainder of the season.

The defenseman is scheduled to undergo surgery on an undisclosed lower body injury.

The 30-year-old has not played since Feb. 10 against the Ottawa Senators.

Gorges had six assists and a minus-28 rating while averaging 22:22 in time on ice in 46 games this season.

Buffalo will also be without defenseman Nikita Zadorov when they play host to the Nashville Predators tonight.

It’s the second time in a month Zadorov has been scratched for disciplinary reasons.

The 19-year-old was reportedly bumped off an oversold flight returning from the Dominican Republic during the All-Star break and missed practice.

“Sometimes you’re mature in certain things. Sometimes you’re not. Unfortunately, we’ll have to deal with him,” said Ted Nolan per The Buffalo News. “We had a number of discussions, and then another thing happened this morning. We’ll just talk to him again.”

Tyson Strachan will also miss tonight’s game with an infection.

The Sabres expect to be without Mike Weber for at least two weeks due to an undisclosed injury.

Tonight marks the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Predators.

Flyers top Preds with a shootout victory

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Jakub Voracek and Wayne Simmonds scored in the shootout as the Philadelphia Flyers edged the Nashville Predators 3-2 Saturday afternoon.

The win against the league-leaders comes after Philly dropped back-to-back games against teams below them in the standings. With the victory the Flyers move to within four points of the Boston Bruins for the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.

Simmonds also scored in regulation opening the scoring with his 23rd of the season. Ryan White gave the Flyers a 2-1 lead near the midway mark of the second.

Despite registering just three shots on goal in the first period, Colin Wilson’s 19th of the season had the Preds and Flyers tied 1-1 after 20. The Predators, who have now failed to pick up a win in back-to-back games for the first time since Jan. 29 and 30, had just four shots on goal in the second period.

Craig Smith had the other Nashville goal while Pekka Rinne made 31 saves in the loss.

Rob Zepp improved to 4-1-0 on the season with a 20 save performance.

The game was the first for both Cody Franson and Mike Santorelli since their trade from the Toronto Maple Leafs last weekend.

Franson had two shots on goal and a hit in 17:52 of ice time while Santorelli was a minus-1 with a shot on goal and two hits in 12:11 of ice time.

Isles place Grabovski on IR, recall Mouillierat

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Apparently the upper-body injury Mikhail Grabovski suffered thanks to a hit by Nashville Predators forward Eric Nystrom is fairly serious, as the New York Islanders placed him on IR today.

Here’s video of the hit from Thursday’s impressive Islanders win:

Grabovski, 31, has already dealt with injury issues during his first campaign with the Islanders, so this setback hurts that much more. He’s generated nine goals and 19 points in 51 games, and while that output is disappointing, Grabovski has shown flashes of the player the team was expecting when they handed him a $20 million deal.

The team recalled Kael Mouillierat on an emergency basis to make up for the loss.

Grabovski suffers upper-body injury from Nystrom’s crushing hit

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The New York Islanders’ Mikhail Grabovski was knocked out of Thursday’s game against the Nashville Predators after Eric Nystrom delivered a big hit that flattened the 31-year-old forward. Grabovski remained on the ice for long enough that a stretcher was brought out, but he was eventually able to get back onto his skates and leave the ice on his own strength.

After the incident, the Islanders revealed that Grabovski would miss the rest of the game with an upper-body injury. Although Nystrom’s hit appeared to be clean, it did look like there might have been some contact with Grabovski’s head.

You can judge the hit for yourself below:

This has been a rough season for Grabovski as he has just nine goals and 19 points in 51 games after joining the Islanders on a four-year, $20 million contract.

Video: Calder Trophy frontrunner Forsberg reaches milestone with diving goal

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The Nashville Predators struggled against the New York Islanders in the first period of Thursday’s contest between the division leaders, but Filip Forsberg gave Nashville a reason to go into the intermission with a glimmer of hope.

Down 3-0 late in the first frame, Forsberg was persistent in his onslaught on goaltender Jaroslav Halak and eventually it paid off:

That was the 20-year-old rookie’s 20th goal and 51st point of the 2014-15 campaign. He’s got a comfortable lead in the rookie scoring race and is a favorite to win the Calder Trophy as a result.

Forsberg’s rise is one of the big reasons Nashville has a 39-12-6 this season as he’s helped boost the Predators’ offense after they were limited to 2.61 goals per game in 2013-14.