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Nashville’s Suter to miss second straight game

Jan 19, 2012, 9:30 AM EDT

Ryan Suter

Nashville Predators All-Star defenseman Ryan Suter told NHL.com he won’t be playing tonight against Columbus — his second consecutive missed contest.

Suter and the Preds are remaining tight-lipped on injury specifics, only saying that it’s an upper-body issue (though Suter did confirm it’s not a head injury.) Whatever the ailment is, Suter aggravated it during the first period of Monday’s 3-1 win over the Islanders and proceeded to sit out the remainder of the contest. He then missed Nashville’s last game — a 3-0 loss at Madison Square Garden to the Rangers — and the Predators totally looked out of sorts, probably because Suter normally plays nearly half the game. Seriously, he does…Suter averages 26:30 a night for the Preds, second-most in the NHL (only New York’s Dan Girardi plays more.)

Suter didn’t elaborate much about the injury, but did explain how he re-aggravated it.

“I tried playing in New York, it felt good, and then it just went bad,” he said. “You’re shooting pucks and you’re like, ‘Oh no.’ Then you’re like, ‘I’m alright, I’ll battle through it,’ but it just got worse.”

Suter also refused to elaborate on the nature of his injury or provide a timetable for return. He’s currently listed as day-to-day.

  1. elvispocomo - Jan 19, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    I don’t think there’s a lot of question in what this’ll end up being. With the trade deadline coming up and Nashville seriously deciding who they can get re-signed it, its horrible timing (injuries are bad anytime) when they might be shopping either he or Weber.

    How bad could this be? Imagine Suter not healthy by the deadline but Nash thinking they have to move one D, so by default its Weber. Then Suter gets healthy but still doesn’t re-sign in Nash. They lose both but only get a return on one.

    Obviously that’s a worst case scenario, but could happen.

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