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Predators center Ribeiro scratched from Game 3

Aberg making NHL debut for Nashville against Sharks

by Robby Stanley / NHL.com Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- Nashville Predators center Mike Ribeiro is not in the lineup for Game 3 of the Western Conference Second Round against the San Jose Sharks at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday.

Ribeiro, who participated in the morning skate, played in the previous nine Stanley Cup Playoff games and had one assist. He was minus-3 and won 35 percent of his faceoffs.

Ribeiro played 81 regular-season games and had seven goals and 43 assists.

Predators forward Craig Smith has had a lower-body injury since Game 3 of the Western Conference First Round against the Anaheim Ducks. He was on the ice for warmups and skated on a line with Colin Wilson and Mike Fisher.

Predators rookie forward Pontus Aberg is making his NHL debut.

The Sharks lead the best-of-7 series 2-0. Game 4 is here on Thursday (9 p.m. ET; CNBC, SN, TVA Sports 2).

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