The Nashville Predators have suffered a blow to their blue line with the announcement Tuesday via the team's Twitter feed that captain Shea Weber will miss at least one game with a concussion.
According to the team, Weber "is out for Wed game with a concussion sustained at Dallas. He will be evaluated on a daily basis with no timetable on his return."
However, the Predators' Twitter feed also contained a pair of quotes from coach Barry Trotz in which he said of Weber, "He's recovering pretty well, I would say," and that "there's a chance (he could play) Friday."
Weber absorbed a hard hit from Dallas Stars defenseman Mark Fistric in a game Friday, but didn't show any ill effects until Monday's morning skate, when he was forced to leave early. Weber was a scratch Monday night against the Detroit Red Wings, as the team recalled defenseman Ryan Ellis from AHL Milwaukee to make his NHL debut.
Nashville hosts Minnesota on Wednesday, a game Weber has been ruled out for, before traveling to face St. Louis on Friday.
Weber has 8 goals and leads the Predators with 21 assists, 29 points, 5 power-play goals and a plus-14 rating.
You don't see many. The [Drew] Doughtys, the [P.K.] Subbans, those are guys that create offense from the back and then on top of that ability, the size that he has. In the West you play against some pretty big players, and being able to clear the crease and contain the [Ryan] Getzlafs and the [Corey] Perrys and [Anze] Kopitars and players like that, we're excited about him going back there.
— Sharks general manager Doug Wilson on Brent Burns returning back to defense