Nashville Predators Fantasy Hockey Update

GLENDALE AZ - NOVEMBER 03: Steve Sullivan #26 of the Nashville Predators shoots the puck off the post behind goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov #30 of the Phoenix Coyotes during the NHL game at Jobing.com Arena on November 3 2010 in Glendale Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Predators 4-3. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

As their team offense has sunk to a 28th-best 2.36 Goals per Game, you may be tempted to bench all Nashville Predators from your fantasy hockey rosters. While understandable, there are still some guys worth keeping in your lineup, and ahead of a busy weekend of NHL action, here's your regular update on the key Preds...

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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 11 1 4 5 5 8 0 0 0 23

His ice time is starting to creep up a little bit due to all the injuries the Preds are fighting through, but the results just aren't showing up. He still ends up spending too much time alongside pluggers on a checking line. 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 7 0 3 3 -2 8 0 0 0 13

He didn't travel with the team out west, so the earliest he's expected to play is next Thursday at St. Louis. Status: Out of the Lineup


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 11 4 1 5 -3 2 2 0 1 35

He's getting all the prime opportunities and is putting shots on net, scoring at roughly a 30-goal pace. Don't expect many assists, however, given the team's overall lack of scoring. 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 11 2 3 5 -2 8 0 0 0 24

After an encouraging start, the points have dried up with three straight scoreless games. Again, a good part of this is due to his workload, which involves taking on the other team's top forwards. A 40-point season is probably on the way here. 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

He's out "indefinitely" due to a concussion suffered in the second game of the season. Hopefully your hockey pool has an Injured Reserve where you can stash him, because he isn't likely to play for quite a while. 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 11 1 7 8 -1 0 0 0 1 14

Cal is still racking up some assists on the Preds' lone scoring line, but appears overly-hesitant to shoot the puck. Somebody tell him that a shot is like a "bank pass off the goalie" to Hornqvist, and perhaps he'll get there. Especially due to Lombardi's absence, however, he's a reliable offensive contributor. Status: Good To Go


Pekka Rinne

#35 / Goalie / Nashville Predators

6-5

207

Nov 03, 1982



GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Pekka Rinne 7 407 2 3 18 2.65 223 205 .919 1

Winless in his last three, Pekka faces the first major test of the 2010-11 season. There's no threat to his status as #1, but it will be interesting to see how he rebounds from a poor effort at Phoenix last night. Given the back-to-back games this weekend, it wouldn't be surprising to see Anders Lindback get one of those starts (most likely Anaheim on Sunday). 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 11 4 3 7 -1 6 2 0 1 28

Sully is in the mix with O'Reilly and Hornqvist, and is getting his chances lately but not scoring. Sooner or later, those breakaways will start to pay off, so don't hesitate to use him. 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 in the same boat as Martin Erat, he won't play this weekend but we can hope for next Thursday at St. Louis. 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 11 1 5 6 -4 8 0 0 0 27

Suter's absence is dragging him down (-5 over the last 3 games), but he's still the main option on the blueline and the power play. 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 11 2 4 6 5 0 0 0 1 18

He got a season-high 18:40 of ice time Wednesday at Phoenix, and was promoted to the first power play unit where he set up nicely for a shot which led to a Patric Hornqvist goal. A healthy increase in offensive opportunities could make him a useful depth contributor to your fantasy hockey lineup. Status: Good To Go

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