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Preds Practice Report: Saturday Morning

by Bryan Mullen / Nashville Predators
The Nashville Predators did not hold a morning Saturday but staff and players held their usual pregame meetings. The club hosts New Jersey at 7 p.m. at Bridgestone Arena.

The Predators (2-1-0) are trying to bounce back from a 5-2 loss to Phoenix in the home opener on Thursday. New Jersey (2-1-0) is coming off a 2-1 shootout victory against Los Angeles on Thursday.

Reminder: The game is not locally televised but can be heard exclusively on 102.5 The Game.

Brodeur out: Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur suffered an upper-body injury with eight minutes remaining in the first period against the Kinds and did not return. He is not expected to start today. Johan Hedberg has played well in Brodeur’s absence and is 2-0 with a 1.14 goals against average.

High praise for Parise: Because they play in different conferences, the Predators and Devils don’t face each other very often. So it’s often tough to get a good feel for the opposing team’s players. But that’s not the case with Nashville coach Barry Trotz and New Jersey captain Zach Parise.

“Zach Parise is one of my favorite forwards in the league,” Trotz said. “I think he’s really an underrated guy. There are a lot of Sidney Crosby similarities in the way they play. He seems to be a guy who has a lot of passion and push in his game. He’s always at a high level of work ethic. He can do some things that are pretty special in terms of his skating and doing things at high speeds. And he’s pretty fearless. You put all those things together with his skill level, and he’s a pretty dynamic player.”

Where’s Doc?: Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick is widely known as one of the best play-by-play broadcasters in all of sports and spent the last 21 seasons with the New Jersey Devils. His national broadcasts brought rave reviews from fans and media critics alike. But earlier this year, Emrick announced he was leaving the Devils to work exclusively for NBC Sports.

“He is the poet laureate of our profession, without any question,” said Pete Weber, play-by-play broadcaster and Voice of the Predators.

Injury update: Patric Hornqvist tested out his lower-body injury on Saturday morning and said it felt, “OK, not bad.” He and Trotz said it would be a game-time decision.

Martin Erat (upper body) is out. Francis Bouillon (upper body) and Mike Fisher (upper body) are day-to-day.

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