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Ryan Johansen, Scott Hartnell Expected Back Very Soon

Both Players are on Injured Reserve But Have Skated on Forward Lines Last Two Practices

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

The Predators could have some reinforcements joining the ranks as they head to Western Canada.

Forwards Ryan Johansen and Scott Hartnell, both of whom remain on Injured Reserve, practiced and skated in line rushes for the second consecutive session on Tuesday before the team jetted off to Vancouver in advance of Wednesday game against the Canucks. Johansen participated with Nick Bonino and Viktor Arvidsson alongside, while Hartnell skated with Colton Sissons and Austin Watson.

In addition, center Kyle Turris, who left Monday's practice after taking a deflected shot to the face, was also back on the ice for Tuesday's practice.

Johansen, who was placed on IR with an upper-body injury last week, and Hartnell, who is nearing the end of his original 3-5-week timetable for a lower-body injury, would give an obvious boost to a Nashville team that has already gone 9-2-2 in their last 13 outings and remain one of the League's hottest teams.

A Vancouver-area native, Johansen said after Monday's practice that he hopes to be available when the Preds face the Canucks on Wednesday.

If Johansen and Hartnell are able to return to the lineup soon, that would leave defenseman Ryan Ellis as Nashville's lone injured skater. Ellis, who is recovering from offseason knee surgery, has been skating and practicing with the team and remains on his original timetable of a return around the New Year.

Head Coach Peter Laviolette added after Wednesday's practice that "everyone" would be making the road trip and "game-time decisions" would be made in regard to the lineup.

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