Hartnell, Weber Out for Predators

The Nashville Predators will be without forward Scott Hartnell for three to five weeks, while defenceman Yannick Weber will be out two to four weeks.

Hartnell is out with a lower body injury, as is Weber.

The club put both players in the injured reserve list Tuesday. The injuries took place on Saturday as the Predators took on the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Hartnell was injured after playing just three short shifts in the first period, while Weber took his leave in the second period after his leg buckled in contact with Riley Sheahan.

The Predators are certainly a deep enough team to weather this storm and adjustments will be made that’ll open some doors for new opportunities.

Up front, it looks like either Pontus Aberg or Frederick Gaudreau will see a promotion. Aberg is in Milwaukee on conditioning and has three goals in two games with the AHL affiliate.

Alexandre Carrier may draw the assignment to fill in for Weber, at least in part. He has four points in 13 AHL games this season.

The Predators have six healthy blueliners on the roster after sending Samuel Girard to Colorado as part of the Kyle Turris deal.

The 35-year-old Hartnell has seven points in 16 games this season and is on a one-year contract with Nashville that pays out a million bucks. He spent the last three seasons in Columbus and is filling in nicely for a veteran forward. He put together 37 points in 78 games for the Blue Jackets last season and is a third line fixture for the Predators.

Weber has two helpers in a dozen games this season. He was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the third round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft and has spent 359 games with the Habs, Vancouver Canucks and Predators. His best season to date came in Vancouver in 2014-2015, when he put up 21 points in 65 games.

Published by Dr. Pucksworth

Doctor of Puckanomics.

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