Nashville Predators Player News: All Positions

News: Hamhuis (lower body) will be available for the Predators' play-in series against the Coyotes, Brooks Bratten of the Predators' official site reports.
Impact: Hamhuis missed the final four games prior to the league shutdown due to his lower-body injury but appears to have used the time off to fully recover. With the veteran back in action, the final spot on the blue line could be a game-to-game decision by the coaching staff between Korbinian Holzer, Yannick Wever and Jarred Tinordi.
News: Harpur signed a one-year, two-way contract extension with Nashville on Friday.
Impact: Harpur was brought in by the Predators at the trade deadline in a swap for forward Mikka Salomaki. Though he failed to crack the lineup this season, the 25-year-old Harpur tallied one helper in seven games with AHL Milwaukee before the league went on hiatus. Harpur hasn't played in the NHL since 2018-19, when he was with Ottawa, for which he logged 51 outings and registered five points. Even if he makes the team coming out of camp next year, the Ontario native doesn't offer enough offensive upside to warrant a spot in most fantasy formats.
News: Carrier inked a three-year, two-way contract extension with Nashville on Wednesday, Adam Vingan of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Carrier was set to become a restricted free agent this summer after his entry-level deal ran out but instead has re-signed with the club early. The blueliner has featured in just five NHL contests since making the jump from the QMJHL back in 2016-17. The 23-year-old will make his case for a full-time slot on the 23-man roster during training camp ahead of the 2020-21 campaign.
News: Farrance will return to Boston University for his senior season in college, Brooks Bratten of the Predators' official site reports.
Impact: Farrance exploded in his junior campaign at BU, racking up 14 goals and 29 assists to earn him a Hobey Baker finalist nod awarded to the best player in college hockey. The Predators spent a third-round pick on him during the 2017 NHL Draft and will likely acquire his services on an entry-level deal when he finishes out his college action next season.
News: Novak penned a two-year, entry-level contract with Nashville on Wednesday.
Impact: Novak spent the 2019-20 campaign with AHL Milwaukee on a minor-league deal. After racking up 42 points in 60 contests for the Admirals this year, it seems the organization has seen enough to reward the 2015 third-round pick with an NHL contract. The center could get an extended look during training camp this fall but will likely start the year back with the Admirals in the minors.
News: The Predators signed Ingram to a three-year contract extension Monday.
Impact: Ingram has been brilliant at the AHL level this season, recording a 1.92 GAA and .933 save percentage alongside a 21-5-5 record. The 22-year-old netminder seems primed to compete for a spot on the NHL roster, and he could get that opportunity soon; both Pekka Rinne and Juuse Saros are set to become free agents following next season.
News: Ellis has eight goals, 38 points and a plus-16 rating in 49 games this season.
Impact: Despite missing 20 games in the middle of the season, Ellis is right in the neighborhood of the career-high 41 points he scored last year. The 29-year-old blueliner has now scored at least 30 points in five straight seasons. If the NHL decides to resume the 2019-20 campaign, Ellis will have a good chance at setting a new career best in points.
News: Donovan re-signed with AHL Milwaukee on a two-year extension Friday.
Impact: Donovan will remain with the Predators' AHL affiliate through the 2021-22 campaign after recording 16 goals and 51 assists in 122 games over his first two seasons in Milwaukee. The 29-year-old blueliner has made only two appearances at the NHL level dating back to the 2014-15 season.
News: Harper signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the Predators on Friday.
Impact: Harper has spent the past four campaigns at Boston University, racking up 41 goals and 115 points in 127 contests. The 2016 fifth-round pick will get an invite to next year's training camp, but he'll likely end up spending the entirety of the season with AHL Milwaukee.
News: Smith inked a one-year, two-way contract with the Predators on Thursday.
Impact: Smith has spent the last four seasons with the University of North Dakota, totaling 24 goals and 51 points in 137 games. The undrafted, 24-year-old winger will likely spend the entirety of the 2020-21 campaign in the minors.
News: Trenin was demoted to AHL Milwaukee on Monday.
Impact: Trenin recorded two goals and six points in 21 games with the Predators this season, but he's been held scoreless in his last 10 appearances dating back to Jan. 14. The Russian forward posted big AHL numbers in the first half, racking up 20 goals and 35 points in 32 games. He should compete for a full-time role with the Predators next season.
News: Josi picked up two assists and put four shots on goal Tuesday in the Predators' 4-2 win over the Canadiens.
Impact: It's the 15th multi-point outing of the season for Josi, who has already established career highs in both goals (16) and assists (49). Josi helped set up Nashville's fourth and final tally of the night, directing a shot off a Habs player's skate that bounced right to Filip Forsberg for an easy tap-in.
News: Forsberg scored two goals, including one on the power play, and posted an assist with a plus-1 rating, five shots, two PIM and a hit in a 4-2 victory over the Canadiens on Tuesday.
Impact: This was Forsberg's first multi-point game of the month and first contest with multiple goals since Jan. 30. Maybe this will get him going again, as he's been kind of quiet since the start of February. Even with the three-point night, Forsberg has just three goals and 11 points with a minus-7 rating in the last 19 games. Overall, he has 21 goals and 48 points with a minus-7 rating in 63 games this season.
News: Saros allowed two goals on 34 shots in a 4-2 victory over the Canadiens on Tuesday.
Impact: The 24-year-old wasn't able to post his third straight shutout, but he turned in a stellar .940 save percentage performance. He has four such performances in his last eight appearances. Saros is 5-2-0 with a .951 save percentage since Feb. 25, which is really helping his overall numbers. He is 17-12-4 with a 2.70 GAA and .914 save percentage in 40 games this season.
News: Jarnkrok (undisclosed) is expected to suit up in Tuesday's game against Montreal, Brooks Bratten of the Predators' official site reports.
Impact: Jarnkrok was deemed a game-time call with an undisclosed injury, but the Swede took line rushes ahead of the game as the team's first-line right wing. Jarnkrok has been solid for the Predators this season, collecting 33 points overall, and he has three points in his last five contests.
News: Jarnkrok is considered a game-time decision for Tuesday's clash with Montreal due to an undisclosed injury, Adam Vingan of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Jarnkrok has notched two goals, one assist and 11 shots in his previous five outings. If the Swede is unable to give it a go, Mikael Granlund or Filip Forberg should get bumped up to the top line while Austin Watson figures to rejoin the lineup.
News: Saros will guard the cage during Tuesday's road matchup with Montreal, Adam Vingan of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Saros has been on fire recently, having picked up back-to-back shutouts in a home-and-away series with the Stars on Thursday and Saturday. The 24-year-old Finn will look to keep rolling in a road matchup with a Canadiens club that's only averaging 2.75 goals per game at home this campaign, 26th in the NHL.
News: Arvidsson notched an assist for the second straight game in Saturday's 1-0 win over the Stars.
Impact: On the positive side, this marked the first time Arvidsson recorded points in consecutive games for the first time since the end of December. At the same time, however, the 26-year-old Swede has been skating primarily on the team's fourth line of late, which has resulted in his ice time dropping to an average TOI of just 13:07 over the past five games, a sharp decline from the 17-18 minutes he was seeing earlier in the season. Now with just 27 points in 56 games, Arvidsson has been a real disappointment for fantasy owners this season. Hopefully he can extend his current point streak down the stretch as the Preds try to hang onto one of the two wildcard playoff spots in the Western Conference.
News: Ekholm extended his current pointless streak to a season-high six games in Saturday's 1-0 win over the Stars.
Impact: Prior to his latest scoring drought, Ekholm was on pace for something resembling the 44 points he posted last season, but he'll have to rack up 11 points in his last 14 games for that to happen. Fantasy owners should expect something in the high 30's, which wouldn't be a bad result considering Ekholm has only topped 35 points twice in his career. The 29-year-old Swede remains a top-four defender for the Preds, averaging just under 24 minutes per game.
News: Ellis scored a power-play goal in Saturday's 1-0 win over the Stars.
Impact: His second-period snapshot from along the boards was the only shot to beat Ben Bishop on the afternoon, but it was all the offense Juuse Saros would need. Ellis has been making up for lost time since returning from a concussion in late February, scoring two goals and nine points in his last eight games.
News: Saros turned aside all 37 shots he faced in Saturday's 1-0 win over the Stars.
Impact: After shutting out Dallas on Thursday back in Nashville, Saros headed into the Stars' building and did it again. It was his career-high fourth SO of the season, reinforcing the 24-year-old's firm grasp on the Preds' No. 1 job. On the season, Saros now has a 2.72 GAA and .913 save percentage.
News: Hamhuis (lower body) won't play Saturday against Dallas.
Impact: Hamhuis will miss a third straight game Saturday, and the Predators have yet to release an expected timetable for his return. Either way, there's no reason for fantasy owners to track his availability, as he's only notched eight points while averaging 14:31 of ice time in 60 games this campaign.
News: Saros will start Saturday's game in Dallas, Paul Skrbina of The Tennessean reports.
Impact: Saros shut out the Stars in Nashville on Thursday, so he'll also get the second leg of this home-and-home set. The Predators are looking for consistency in net, and Saros will try to provide that by following up Thursday's 33-save effort with another strong showing.
News: Duchene scored a power-play goal in a 2-0 win over Dallas on Thursday.
Impact: Duchene only has 13 goals this year but has scored five of them with the man advantage, so he's making the most of his opportunities on Nashville power plays. He'll be looking forward to hitting the road for the next five games, as nine of Duchene's 13 goals on the year have come away from home.
News: Forsberg scored on the power play -- his 19th goal of the season -- in Thursday's 2-0 win over the Stars.
Impact: Forsberg scored the first goal of the game, which turned out to be the winner thanks to Juuse Saros' third shutout of the campaign. The prolific winger is one goal shy of 20 and has 45 points in 61 games this season.
News: Saros posted a 33-save shutout in Thursday's 2-0 win over Dallas.
Impact: Saros turned aside all 33 shots he faced Thursday, giving him his first win in three starts following back-to-back losses. He has three shutouts so far in 2019-20 and might very well serve as his team's starter against the Stars on Saturday when the two teams meet again.
News: Hamhuis (lower body) isn't on the ice for warmups, indicating he won't suit up in Thursday's game against Dallas, Brooks Bratten of the Predators' official site reports.
Impact: The 37-year-old will miss his second consecutive game while dealing with the lower-body issue. The specifics surrounding the injury remain unclear, as Hamhuis still doesn't have a clear timetable for a return. In his stead, Korbinian Holzer will draw into the lineup for the first time since he was acquired from Anaheim at the trade deadline.
News: Saros is in line to start between the pipes in Thursday's home game versus the Stars, Adam Vingan of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Saros has played well recently, maintaining a 2.35 GAA and .925 save percentage through his last three appearances, but he's posted a disappointing 0-2-0 record over that span due to lackluster goal support from his teammates. The 24-year-old Finn will try to get back in the win column in a matchup with a slumping Stars squad that's gone 0-1-2 in its last three games.
News: Johansen (illness) is on the ice for morning skate ahead of Thursday's game against the Stars, Brooks Bratten of the Predators' official site reports.
Impact: Johansen was a last-minute scratch for Tuesday's matchup with Minnesota due to an illness, but his presence on the ice for morning skate all but confirms he'll return to the lineup against Dallas. The 27-year-old forward will slot into a top-six role and a spot on one of Nashville's power-play units Thursday.
News: Saros allowed three goals on 33 shots in a 3-1 loss to the Wild on Tuesday.
Impact: Despite the loss, his second in as many starts, Saros is still 3-2-0 with a .929 save percentage in his last six games. He's received plenty of regular work lately because of this hot streak, and things probably won't change because of the slightly off night Tuesday. Saros is 14-12-4 with a 2.88 GAA and .908 save percentage in 37 games this season.
News: The Predators recalled Trenin from AHL Milwaukee on Tuesday.
Impact: Ryan Johansen (illness) is unavailable, so Trenin will add depth to the team's forward corps. The 23-year-old Trenin will slot in on the fourth line, flanking Colton Sissons, and will look to add to the six points he's accrued through 17 NHL games this year.
News: Johansen is feeling ill and won't suit up in Tuesday's game against Minnesota.
Impact: The 27-year-old will be sidelined for the first time this season with an undisclosed illness. The rest may have come at a good time for Johansen, as he's only recorded four points in his last 10 games. In his stead, the team recalled Yakov Trenin in a corresponding move, so he or Austin Watson are expected to enter the lineup.
News: Hamhuis (lower body) is day-to-day and will sit out of Tuesday's game versus the Wild.
Impact: Hamhuis is a late scratch, and the team will deploy either Yannick Weber or Korbinian Holzer in his place on the third pairing. His next chance to enter the lineup will be Thursday's home matchup against Dallas.
News: Duchene posted an assist in Monday's 8-3 loss to the Oilers.
Impact: Duchene applied pressure on the forecheck and won the puck, setting up Calle Jarnkrok's goal at 2:28 of the second period to tie the game at two. With the helper, Duchene reached the 40-point threshold (12 goals, 28 assists). He's added 132 shots and a minus-3 rating in 62 appearances this year.
News: Granlund posted an assist and two shots on goal in Monday's 8-3 loss to the Oilers.
Impact: The helper got Granlund to the 30-point mark for the seventh consecutive year, although he's still on pace for a career-worst output. The Finnish forward has added 126 shots and 24 PIM in 59 contests.
News: Grimaldi posted an assist and two shots on goal in Monday's 8-3 loss to the Oilers.
Impact: Grimaldi ended a four-game dry spell with his helper in the second period. He's got career-bests in goals (10), points (31), plus-minus (plus-10), and shots (117) through 62 contests this year. The 27-year-old winger isn't overly physical though -- his value in most standard fantasy formats is very limited.
News: Smith recorded an assist and three shots on net in Monday's 8-3 loss to the Oilers.
Impact: Smith had a mid-February scoring binge with six goals over five games, but he then went six straight games without a point before Monday. The 30-year-old Wisconsin native now has 29 points, 167 shots and a plus-18 rating through 65 appearances this year.
News: Turris notched an assist and two shots on goal in Monday's 8-3 loss to the Oilers.
Impact: The assist snapped a six-game dry spell for Turris. The 30-year-old center has 29 points, 81 shots and 22 PIM through 58 appearances this year. It hasn't been a great year for Turris, who has been mostly limited to a bottom-six role with the Predators. He's still got some value in deeper fantasy formats.
News: Bonino scored a goal on two shots in Monday's 8-3 loss to the Oilers.
Impact: Bonino ended a four-game mini slump with the tally Monday. He's at 18 goals, 35 points, 100 shots and a plus-17 rating in 63 appearances. He's not likely to surge to match his career high of 49 points from 2013-14, but the 31-year-old center could still reach the 40-point threshold.
News: Jarnkrok netted a goal on a team-high five shots and added two hits Monday's 8-3 loss to the Oilers.
Impact: Jarnkrok snapped a 26-game goal drought Saturday, and now he's scored in back-to-back outings. The Swedish winger is up to 32 points, 129 shots and a plus-3 rating through 60 contests this year. Jarnkrok needs only three more points to match his career-high 35 from 2017-18.
News: Josi potted a goal on three shots in Monday's 8-3 loss to the Oilers.
Impact: With the tally, Josi set a new career high in goals (16) and matched his top point-producing effort (61). He's done that in just 65 games this year -- the Swiss blueliner also has 240 shots, 103 blocked shots, 39 PIM and a plus-20 rating. Josi is one of the top-scoring defensemen in the league and an automatic activation for fantasy owners.
News: Saros made four saves in relief of Pekka Rinne during Monday's 8-3 loss to the Oilers.
Impact: Saros played the final 10:05 of the contest after Rinne was pulled midway through the third period. He didn't factor into the result of the game -- the damage was done by the time Saros entered. He's expected to start Tuesday's game against the Wild, Adam Vingan of The Athletic reports. At this point, the 24-year-old goalie will likely see a majority of starts during the final month of the season.
News: Rinne gave up eight goals on 31 shots in Monday's 8-3 loss to the Oilers.
Impact: Rinne surrendered five goals in a span of 5:13 during the third period before head coach John Hynes finally pulled him for Juuse Saros. This may be the low point for Rinne in 2019-20 -- he hadn't allowed more than six scores in a game before Monday. He dropped to 18-14-4 with a 3.17 GAA and an .895 save percentage in 36 starts. Saros is already confirmed to start Tuesday's game against the Wild -- it could be awhile before Rinne is trusted with another start.
News: Rinne will tend the twine for Monday's home matchup with Edmonton, Adam Vingan of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Rinne hasn't been in the crease since Feb. 21 versus Chicago, when he suffered an overtime loss after giving up just two goals on 38 shots. The netminder will miss the 55-game mark for the first time since 2013-14 and, as a result, won't reach the 30-win threshold as well. With Rinne taking the first game of the Preds' back-to-back, Juuse Saros will be in goal for Tuesday's road clash with Minnesota.
News: Saros will get the road start against Minnesota on Tuesday, Adam Vingan of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Saros has made four straight starts and has been outstanding, posting a .932 save percentage and 3-1-0 record. He's slowly taking over the No. 1 role, but Pekka Rinne will be in the blue paint Monday versus the Oilers -- the first half of back-to-backs. The Wild could be a tough matchup for Saros, though, as they've won three of the last four and racked up 20 goals in that stretch.