Preds pull Mazanec, Nystrom suffers upper-body injury and won’t return

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The Nashville Predators still have time to turn their Friday around, but right now, things aren’t looking good.

Barry Trotz decided to pull¬†goalie Marek Mazanec in favor of Carter Hutton after the Czech-born goalie allowed four Pittsburgh Penguins goals in two periods. If that wasn’t glum enough, the Predators also lost solid depth forward Eric Nystrom to an upper-body injury (he won’t return).

Nystrom, 30, has five points in 18 games played this season. He hasn’t been able to score a point in his last five games, but give him a little leeway; his team only scored one goal in its previous three contests and may not add to the tally they’ve collected tonight.