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Simmonds, Boyle out for Predators in Game 3 against Stars

Forwards each considered week to week; Salomaki likely to play

by Tracey Myers @Tramyers_NHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

DALLAS -- Wayne Simmonds and Brian Boyle are injured and considered week to week for the Nashville Predators, and won't be in the lineup against the Dallas Stars in Game 3 of the Western Conference First Round at American Airlines Center on Monday (9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVAS, FS-SW, FS-TN).

The best-of-7 series is tied 1-1.

Simmonds left Nashville's 2-1 overtime in win Game 2 on Saturday during the first period with a lower-body injury after he was hit in the left leg by a shot from Predators defenseman Roman Josi. The 30-year-old forward, who the Predators acquired from the Philadelphia Flyers for forward Ryan Hartman and a conditional pick in the 2020 NHL Draft on Feb. 25, had no points in two playoff games. He had 30 points (17 goals, 13 assists) in 79 regular-season games with the Flyers and Predators.

 

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Boyle is out following an appendix procedure, after he had missed Game 2 because of an illness. The Predators acquired the 34-year-old forward from the New Jersey Devils for a second-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft on Feb. 6. He had an assist in Game 1, and 24 points (18 goals, six assists) in 73 games with the Devils and Predators.

Rocco Grimaldi, who took Boyle's place on the fourth line for Game 2 and scored his first Stanley Cup Playoff goal, likely will stay in the lineup for Game 3. Forward Miikka Salomaki is expected to replace Simmonds. It would be his first NHL game since sustaining an upper-body injury against the Detroit Red Wings on Jan. 4. He had no points, a minus-1 rating and 11 shots on goal in eight playoff games last season.

"We're carrying a lot of guys with us and that's a positive thing," Predators coach Peter Laviolette said. "When these things do pop up where you end up missing some players, you look to your bench and see what you have. A lot of these guys have played in playoff games and have history."

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