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Gaustad a no-go as Predators host Red Wings

by John Manasso

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Nashville Predators coach Barry Trotz said Tuesday center Paul Gaustad, who is tied for fourth in the League in faceoff efficiency at 62.8 percent, would miss that night's game against the Detroit Red Wings at Bridgestone Arena with an upper-body injury.

Gaustad got hurt in Monday's 6-5 loss at the Colorado Avalanche in the first period, playing 58 seconds, and did not return. Trotz said he would know more about Gaustad's injury in a few days. Gaustad also missed the second, third and fourth games of the season with an upper-body injury that could be related.

The Predators are carrying 23 players on their roster, the maximum allowed, but forward Brian McGrattan is in Milwaukee of the American Hockey League on a conditioning assignment, leaving Brandon Yip as the only healthy extra forward.

Yip was scratched for the previous two games after having his ice time cut in the two before that. After playing 16:33 and going minus-1 in a 3-0 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Feb. 10, he played 10:47 then 10:21 in the next two games.

Defenseman Hal Gill likely will sit out his second straight game and fourth in the past five as a healthy scratch.

Projected lines:


Martin Erat - Mike Fisher - Sergei Kostitsyn

Colin Wilson - David Legwand - Patric Hornqvist

Gabriel Bourque - Nick Spaling - Brandon Yip

Rich Clune - Craig Smith - Matt Halischuk

Shea Weber - Scott Hannan

Roman Josi - Kevin Klein

Jonathon Blum - Ryan Ellis

Pekka Rinne

Chris Mason

Out: Paul Gaustad, Hal Gill


Henrik Zetterberg - Pavel Datsyuk - Damien Brunner

Daniel Cleary - Valtteri Filppula - Mikael Samuelsson

Drew Miller - Cory Emmerton - Jordin Tootoo

Tomas Tatar - Joakim Andersson - Justin Abdelkader

Niklas Kronwall - Brian Lashoff

Jonathan Ericsson - Ian White

Jakub Kindl - Kyle Quincey

Jimmy Howard

Jonas Gustavsson

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