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Bitetto, Salomaki Out for Extended Period

The Defenseman and Forward are Both Projected to Miss Several Weeks With Upper-Body Injuries

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis /

The Nashville Predators announced Tuesday that two players who recently both suffered injuries will be out for an extended period of time.

Defenseman Anthony Bitetto is expected to miss four to six weeks with an upper-body injury. The blueliner left the Predators Opening Night win over the Chicago Blackhawks following a fight with Jordin Tootoo.

Winger Miikka Salomaki is projected to be out for six to eight weeks, also with an upper-body injury. The Finnish forward exited Saturday tilt in Chicago after blocking a shot off his hand.

"Definitely any area of the game, whether it's goaltending or whatever, because injuries are a part of the game [you have to be ready for it]," d-man Ryan Ellis said. "We didn't want our depth to be tested this early, but it will be a good test and hopefully we'll be successful with it." 

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