Injuries no excuse now for Nashville Predators

In sports, the notion of making excuses is generally frowned upon and often illegitimate. Some blame referees, others weather, and more still various injuries. At the end of the day, the only thing that truly matters is the scoreboard.

For the Nashville Predators, though, fans are left wondering what might've been if Barry Trotz and his coaching staff had even close to their full complement of players to work with. After the jump, taking a look at every injury this season for Nashville that has caused a player to miss a game or more. 

All information courtesy of NashvillePredators.com

Player
Injury
Man Games Lost  Date Injured
Pekka Rinne lower-body 5
9-Oct
Sergei Kostitsyn broken toe 2
preseason
Matthew Lombardi concussion 65
13-Oct
Martin Erat back spasms 3
9-Oct
Ryan Suter lower-body 9
19-Oct
Martin Erat upper-body 4
30-Oct
Ryan Suter lower-body 2
18-Nov
David Legwand lower-body 9
18-Nov
Kevin Klein illness
1
25-Nov
Pekka Rinne knee 
8
1-Dec
David Legwand lower-body 9
8-Dec
Patric Hornqvist upper-body 3
13-Dec
Cody Franson personal reasons 2
17-Dec
Martin Erat upper-body 9
23-Dec
Steve Sullivan lower-body 18
23-Dec
Jordin Tootoo personal reasons 23
27-Dec
Cal O'Reilly  broken leg 29
2-Jan
Shane O`Brien suspension 2
13-Jan
Marek Svatos knee 
13
13-Jan
Francis Bouillon concussion 22
16-Jan
JP Dumont upper-body 1
23-Jan
Marcel Goc shoulder/upper-body  16
16-Oct
Ryan Suter upper-body 1
19-Feb
Sergei Kostitsyn undisclosed 1
22-Feb
Steve Sullivan sports hernia 6
24-Feb

 

In case you were wondering, that adds up to 267 man games lost due to injury or illness, and its not like these injuries have been to pluggers like Joel Ward or Nick Spaling. It's a staggering number for a team that began the year with such high hopes and at one point had the Central Division title within reach. 

On the Forecheck's injury coverage

And so, while the Predators could certainly have done some things differently on the ice that would make the upcoming stretch drive much easier, you can't help but wonder where the team would sit today had Lombardi remained healthy, O'Reilly not broken his leg, or any one of Erat, Sullivan, and Legwand not spending multiple occasions on the shelf. 

Of course, all of that is in the past - the Preds must buckle down and play with the hand they've been dealt, or else it will be a long summer for us all. 

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