Nashville Predators Fantasy Hockey Update

Patric Hornqvist has gone right back to doing what he does best, cozying up to opposing goalies.

With two big games on tap (tonight vs. St. Louis and Saturday at Detroit), the Nashville Predators have an opportunity to make further progress in the Central Division, but what are the individual players' prospects on the fantasy hockey front? Follow after the jump and we'll break all the key Preds down for you...

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J.P. Dumont

#71 / Right Wing / Nashville Predators

6-1

205

Apr 01, 1978



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2010 - J.P. Dumont 8 1 4 5 5 2 0 0 0 14

He's still getting work alongside Martin Erat and Colin Wilson on Nashville's second scoring line (both at even strength and on the power play), but his ice time rarely tops 12 or 13 minutes a night. Given the ability to leverage matchups, I'd expect that he'll get more opportunity at home against St. Louis than on the road at Detroit, so if you're on the fence between playing J.P. or another forward, that might help inform your decision. Status: Caution (ice time)


Martin Erat

#10 / Left Wing / Nashville Predators

6-0

200

Aug 29, 1981



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2010 - Martin Erat 5 0 3 3 0 8 0 0 0 11

With 3 assists in his last three games, Erat is working his way up to speed after suffering from back spasms early on. He still hasn't scored a goal, and doesn't put a ton of shots on net, but that's just Marty being Marty. Status: Good To Go


Patric Hornqvist

#27 / Right Wing / Nashville Predators

5-11

188

Jan 01, 1987



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2010 - Patric Hornqvist 8 3 1 4 0 2 1 0 1 24

Steady as she goes for Hornqvist - his line is getting the best opportunities at even strength and the power play, and he's putting pucks on net. He leads Nashville forwards in power play ice time, so he's definitely a prime option for your lineup. Status: Good To Go


David Legwand

#11 / Center / Nashville Predators

6-2

204

Aug 17, 1980



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2010 - David Legwand 8 2 3 5 -1 4 0 0 0 18

His line with Joel Ward and Jordin Tootoo is clicking a bit offensively, but his main job is to shut down the opponent's top unit. He'll certainly have his hands full matching up with Pavel Datsyuk in Detroit on Saturday, for example, and is working over 2 minutes per game on the penalty kill. All this, however, is typical for Legwand - he's a talented, hard-working hockey player, but not much of a fantasy producer. Status: Caution


Matthew Lombardi

#15 / Center / Nashville Predators

5-11

195

Mar 18, 1982



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2010 - Matthew Lombardi 2 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 6

With his post-concussion status now described as "week to week", Lombardi should be on the IR list in your league. Keep him there until we actually see him play. With the way head injuries are handled now, we don't have a specific timetable for his return, so stay tuned. Status: Out Of The Lineup


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Cal O`Reilly

#16 / Center / Nashville Predators

6-0

187

Sep 30, 1986



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2010 - Cal O`Reilly 8 1 5 6 1 0 0 0 1 10

Especially with Matthew Lombardi on the shelf, Cal has a tremendous opportunity to make an impact as Nashville's top offensive center and power play workhorse (3:18 per game). In leagues which heavily weigh goal-scoring, his value is somewhat lessened as he's still working with a pass-first mentality, but he's racking up the points and showing more confidence with each passing game. Status: Good To Go


Pekka Rinne

#35 / Goalie / Nashville Predators

6-5

207

Nov 03, 1982



GP MIN W L OTL GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Pekka Rinne 4 228 2 0 2 6 1.58 133 127 .955 1

Pekka is looking sharp early on, earning his first shutout of the season last weekend at Dallas. With the day off in between, he should be a lock to start both tonight against St. Louis and Saturday at Detroit. In leagues which give credit for the number of saves made, the Preds are giving up the 5th-most shots in the league, so he'll certainly get a chance to stop lots of pucks. Status: Good To Go


Steve Sullivan

#26 / Left Wing / Nashville Predators

5-8

161

Jul 06, 1974



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2010 - Steve Sullivan 8 4 2 6 1 6 2 0 1 23

Sully is in the middle of everything for the Preds, leading the forwards in ice time (18:52 per game) and is constantly attacking the net. He seems to be getting a couple breakaways in just about every game, and hasn't really buried his fair share yet, so there is perhaps some upside in his game. His line with Cal O'Reilly and Patric Hornqvist is consistently Nashville's most dangerous trio. Status: Good To Go


Ryan Suter

#20 / Defenseman / Nashville Predators

6-1

198

Jan 21, 1985



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2010 - Ryan Suter 5 0 3 3 3 4 0 0 0 7

He's been on injured reserve since a knee-to-knee hit from Calgary's Cory Sarich, and has been ruled out until at least Wednesday's game at Phoenix. Status: Out Of The Lineup


Shea Weber

#6 / Defenseman / Nashville Predators

6-4

234

Aug 14, 1985



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2010 - Shea Weber 8 1 4 5 1 6 0 0 0 19

He definitely misses his defensive partner Suter (just two shots on goal in his last three games shows how much), but Shea is too talented and plays too large a role to ever consider benching him. He scored his first goal of the season against the Lightning on Sunday, so we'll see if things get rolling now. Status: Good To Go


Colin Wilson

#33 / Center / Nashville Predators

6-1

214

Oct 20, 1989



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2010 - Colin Wilson 8 2 3 5 5 0 0 0 1 14

Some have wondered why Wilson hasn't received more ice time given his production so far, but Barry Trotz is taking a patient approach with his development. He's largely getting matched up with favorable opposition and receives a healthy dose of offensive-zone faceoffs, so conditions look pretty good for him to keep producing. Status: Good To Go

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