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

Nov 15, 2013, 9:09 PM EDT

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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 pullĀ 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.

  1. charlieconway96 - Nov 15, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    Sure, sounds like a perfect moment to deal Webber…

  2. pxland - Nov 15, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    Nystrom’s injury could be considered a bad decision on his part.

    KO by Glass.

  3. joewilliesshnoz - Nov 15, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    Upper body alright. He was pummeled into la-la land .

  4. bencia823 - Nov 16, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    As a pens fan, I have no problem saying that this fight was garbage. Punches to the back of the head are illegal in MMA, yet for whatever reason, the safety conscious NHL hasn’t banned them/ put punishment in place for offenders. Glass almost exclusively hit the back of Nystrom’s head and landed the KO punch while Nystrom’s vision was blocked by his helmet, which is akin to pulling a jersey over somebody’s face and pummeling them.

  5. csilojohnson - Nov 16, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    let it go bencia. things happen in the heat of the fight. the second one guy lets up he is going to be the one ko’d.
    every article. same comment. we get it. you dont like punches to the back of the head….

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