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Suter says he won't be back Thursday vs. Jackets

Wednesday, 01.18.2012 / 1:04 PM / News

By Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Nashville defenseman Ryan Suter said Wednesday during a visit to the NHL offices that he will not play Thursday night in Columbus.

Ryan Suter
Defense - NSH
GOALS: 5 | ASST: 20 | PTS: 25
SOG: 87 | +/-: 7
Suter, who spoke to NHL.com in the morning, left Monday's game against the Islanders after the first period and did not play Tuesday against the Rangers. He wouldn't elaborate on the nature of his injury other than to say it's to his upper body and he is day-to-day.

"It's not my head, though, so that's a good thing," Suter said.

Suter, who is scheduled to play in his first career NHL All-Star Game later this month, initially suffered his injury during Saturday's 4-2 win over the Flyers at Bridgestone Arena. He finished that game, logging 26:56 of ice time, and decided to play Monday at Nassau Coliseum after feeling good during warm-ups.

He played 10 shifts totaling 7:04 of ice time in the first period, but did not return. The Predators took a 3-0 lead over the Islanders when Suter was in the lineup, but have been outscored by a combined 4-0 in the five periods that he has since missed. They lost the Rangers, 3-0, Tuesday at Madison Square Garden.

"I tried playing in New York, it felt good, and then it just went bad," Suter said. "You're shooting pucks (in warm-ups) and you're like, 'Oh no.' Then you're like, 'I'm alright, I'll battle through it,' but it just got worse."

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