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Ellis out 4-6 weeks for Predators with upper-body injury

Kunin sidelined 2-4 weeks; Johansen placed in COVID-19 protocol @NHLdotcom

Ryan Ellis will be out 4-6 weeks for the Nashville Predators because of an upper-body injury. 

The defenseman, who was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, has scored nine points (two goals, seven assists) in 21 games this season and is second on the Predators in ice time per game (24:39) behind defenseman Roman Josi (25:29).

Ellis is one of five NHL defensemen to average at least 19:00 per game at even strength (19:13) and at least 2:30 per game on the power play (2:38) and penalty kill (2:47); the others are Brent Burns and Erik Karlsson (San Jose Sharks), Alex Pietrangelo (Vegas Golden Knights) and Ivan Provorov (Philadelphia Flyers).

Forward Luke Kunin will be out 2-4 weeks because of a lower-body injury sustained in a 3-1 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday.

Kunin, who was placed on injured reserve, has scored five points (two goals, three assists) in 17 games. He missed four games (Feb. 1-8) because of a lower-body injury.

Center Ryan Johansen was placed on the NHL COVID-19 protocol list. Johansen, who returned Feb. 23 after missing seven games because of an upper-body injury, has five assists in 14 games.

The Predators played the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday (FS-TN, FS-CR, ESPN+, NHL.TV).

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