After claiming forward Brandon Yip
on waivers from the Avalanche last Thursday, Nashville now has 14 healthy forwards. That's made for some difficult decisions for coach Barry Trotz
, as the team is playing well, having won 10 of 12 entering Monday.
On Saturday, the healthy scratches were Brian McGrattan
and Matt Halischuk
, who has 10 goals and also kills penalties. While McGrattan likely will continue to sit out for the time being, the other scratch will be a tough call on a nightly basis.
Trotz said he did not anticipate a roster move and said the Predators benefit from having the depth.
"The season's going to ramp up a little bit here," Trotz said. "We're going to have the trade deadline (Feb. 27). I think it was a great move picking up on Brandon. He's a player we've liked for a while. Hopefully, a new lease on life. We've had a number of players that's been a real good thing for us.
"It gives us a lot more depth and it allows even (general manager David Poile), if something comes up for the trade deadline and if we have to add or delete, in the past we'd add someone, but by adding someone, you create other holes and then we've had to expend a third- or a fourth-, fifth-round pick to fill that hole. With a Brandon Yip
or whatever … you don't have to do that if you have more depth."
Here is what lineup the Predators could put out tonight -- one that includes defenseman Ryan Suter for the first time since Jan. 16.
- David Legwand
- Patric Hornqvist
- Mike Fisher
- Martin Erat
- Nick Spaling
- Gabriel Bourque
- Craig Smith
- Brandon Yip
- Shea Weber
- Kevin Klein
- Ryan Ellis
will start in goal, with Anders Lindback
and Brian McGrattan
also took shifts on the fourth line, sharing time with Yip.