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Injured Jackman aiming to debut for Predators

by NHL.com Staff / NHL.com

Defenseman Barret Jackman participated in a Nashville Predators scrimmage Saturday and is hopeful to recover from an upper-body injury in time to play the final two preseason games.

"We're just looking for him to get back on the ice," Predators coach Peter Laviolette told The Tennessean. "It's unfortunate what happened, and now that he's feeling better, on the ice for a couple days, we were able to get him mixed into a scrimmage.

"Some of the exhibition games have gone by, obviously he would have played in some of those. Especially being new here, learning the systems, it's good to get him out here and just get him back."

Jackman, 34, signed a two-year contract with the Predators as a free agent after spending the first 13 years of his NHL career with the St. Louis Blues. Last season he had two goals, 15 points and a plus-3 rating playing an average of 16:48 in 80 games.

"I'm kind of getting evaluated as well, making sure I'm ready to play," Jackman told the newspaper. "You've got to work on positioning, working within the system. These guys are going hard. They're looking to make a spot. It was a good pace out there, and I just want to make plays and get the head back in the game."

Nashville has preseason games against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday and next Saturday remaining.

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