Nashville loses Suter “at least a week” after dirty hit…

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The Nashville Predators lost defenseman Ryan Suter after a dirty hit in the corner by Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan.

104.5 the Zone’s Willy Daunic is reporting that the 2010 silver medalist will miss “at least a week” of action due to the hit. Daunic also mentioned that Suter will be re-evaluated on Monday.

Suter was involved in a scrum along the boards at the tail end of the second period when, all of a sudden, he was steam rolled by Doan. Because there was no penalty called on the hit, Suter let the referee have it on the way back to the bench. Matter of fact, he let him have it so much that it prompted the on-ice official to give him a minor for unsportsmanlike conduct.

But, when the final frame started, Suter was nowhere to be found. JP Dumont was sitting in the penalty box in his place and questions started to fly. Finally, just after the penalty expired, the media was told that Suter had “an upper-body injury” and would not return.

“I had an issue on the hit with Suter,” Head Coach Barry Trotz said. “I think we’re trying to get those hits out of the game. The puck’s in the corner and he’s battling with one guy, he turns and the puck’s four or five feet from him. There was no play on the puck, it was a straight play on Suter.”

More than whether or not it was a penalty, the main question is what do the Predators do if Suter – or any other defenseman – misses time? With Francis Bouillon still out with a concussion, how does Nashville fill Suter’s spot, if necessary? Prospect Roman Josi has a 12-game point streak with the AHL-affiliate Milwaukee Admirals; does that earn him a call up? Jonathon Blum has long been touted as the next Predators defenseman; does he get the call up? Aaron Johnson was signed in the off-season for his NHL experience and almost made the big club out of training camp; do they call him up? Or is this evidence enough that General Manager David Poile needs to put in a waiver claim for Sheldon Souray?

(Just so we’re clear, the Predators can’t use 2009 first round pick Ryan Ellis’s services until after the Windsor Spitfries season has concluded which, if they don’t make the playoffs, would be March 20.)

So what’s the answer to all the injuries? At least with the forwards it seems like every time someone goes down, someone else is ready to come back. But what about the blueline? The trade deadline isn’t until February 28 so do they trade for depth? Do they make a waiver claim? Do they call up one of the prospects?

Guess we’ll find out before Tuesday.

MILWAUKEE ADMRIALS SCORING AMONG DEFENSEMEN
Jon Blum – 33 points in 53 games (KEY STAT: second most PPG on MKE)
Roman Josi – 27 points in 47 games (KEY STAT: most shots but worst plus/minus rating on MKE)
Aaron Johnson – 21 points in 51 games (KEY STAT: 225 NHL games worth of experience)
Teemu Laakso – 20 points in 49 games (KEY STAT: tied for highest plus/minus rating on MKE)
Brett Palin – 12 points in 54 games
Grant Lewis – 9 points in 23 games

PHOTO CREDIT: Paul Nicholson // special to section303.com

8 Comments

  1. codeyh

    February 20, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    Looks like Doan was retaliating against Suter for the shove right before that.

    Yikes.

  2. Patten Fuqua

    February 20, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Key Stat: Roman Josi is in the middle of a 12 game scoring streak. +/- is a completely meaningless stat – especially considering he and Blum are on the same d-pairing. Blum was a -3 heading into this month until Josi went on his tear. He scores on the PP, so he doesn’t get a lot of +’s. 16 of his 27 points this season are on the power play. Blum’s only PP goal in 2011 was the 8th goal in an 8-1 rout a month ago. If you are looking for the most “Suter-like” Ad, it’s Roman Josi.

  3. Patten Fuqua

    February 20, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    Like last night – Blum and Josi play on the same pairing, but Blum is a +2 because he didn’t make his changes quick enough – Aaron Johnson was the other D on the first goal and Laaks was the other D on the third.

  4. Sarah Fuqua

    February 20, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    josi! josi! josi!

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  6. Brendan Stubblefield

    February 21, 2011 at 4:39 am

    I’d go with Johnson just for the experience.

  7. blacky21

    February 21, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    are you kidding me? Jon Blum has earn his chance to be called up . 2 years and only missed one game. 2 years led the defence in points. Play maker like Suter, obviously the right choice to be called up.

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