Nashville Predators Player News: All Positions

News: The Predators assigned Trenin to AHL Milwaukee on Sunday, Adam Vingan of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The 22-year-old got his first taste of NHL action Saturday, dishing out just one hit in 12:35 of ice time in the game. Trenin will head back to the minors, where he racked up 33 points in 74 games with the Admirals last campaign.
News: Johansen recorded his third straight outing without a point Saturday against the Panthers.
Impact: Johansen got off to a sizzling start this season with seven points in his first five games, but he's cooled off considerably since then. Not having Filip Forsberg (lower body) on his wing the past two games has surely had an impact. However, keep in mind Forsberg missed 18 games last season and Johansen still managed to crack the 60-point plateau, so regardless of who he's skating with, Johansen should still find a way to rack up his points. Keep him rolling.
News: Ekholm had just one shot on goal and no points in Saturday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Panthers.
Impact: After scoring two goals and five points in his first five games, the 29-year-old Swedish rearguard is now pointless in his last three. The good news is, he's still seeing plenty of ice time, averaging 22:10 on the second pairing with rookie Dante Fabbro. The bad news? His power-play minutes have really dried up compared to last year (0:27 vs. 1:22), and for a guy who scored 20 points with the extra man the previous two seasons, that's a trend worth keeping an eye on. In the meantime, Ekholm is a proven point producer at even strength, so keep him rolling for now.
News: Rinne stopped 28 of 30 shots in Saturday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Panthers.
Impact: Rinne made 23 of those saves at even strength and held his opponent to exactly two goals for the fourth time in his first five starts. The only blip so far for the 36-year-old was a five-goal outing a week ago Thursday in a 6-5 win over Washington. Rinne will take a 2.56 GAA and .913 save percentage into Tuesday's clash with Anaheim.
News: Josi scored a goal on three shots and blocked three shots in Saturday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Panthers.
Impact: Josi's goal came on an absolute rocket from the right point midway through the third period to get the Predators on the board. He also led all players in ice time Saturday, logging 26:39. Josi has reached the scoresheet in six of his first eight games, totaling seven points. The 29-year-old is a safe bet for 12-15 goals and somewhere around 50 points once again in 2019-20.
News: Turris scored a power-play goal on three shots and had two PIM in Saturday's 5-2 shootout loss versus Florida. He also won four of six faceoffs.
Impact: Turris scored his third goal of the season, finding the net from the right circle with 6:30 left in the third period to send the game into overtime. It was the third goal of the year for Turris and first on the power play. The 30-year-old was a three-time 30-goal scorer in his days with Ottawa, but had only seven in 55 games for the Preds last season. He has three goals and six points in eight games this season, so perhaps he can push for somewhere in the range of 20 goals and 40 points in 2019-20.
News: Forsberg (lower body) will miss Saturday's game against Florida, Paul Skrbina of The Tennessean reports.
Impact: Saturday's absence will be Forsberg's second missed game since suffering a lower-body injury in Tuesday's win over Vegas. He has two days between games, after Saturday's contest, to hopefully be ready to play Anaheim on Tuesday. Meanwhile, due to Forsberg's absence, Yakov Trenin will make his NHL debut Saturday.
News: Rinne will be in goal Saturday when the Predators host the Panthers, Brooks Bratten of the Predators' official site reports.
Impact: Rinne has yet to lose a game in 2019-20, posting a 4-0-0 record to begin the year. Florida presents a formidable challenge for Nashville's starter, averaging 3.29 goals per game so far this season, so Rinne will need to be sharp if he's to keep his unbeaten streak alive.
News: Afanasyev signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Predators on Saturday.
Impact: Afanasyev was selected 45th overall in the 2019 draft, and it didn't take him long to turn pro. Don't expect to see him up with the big club any time soon, but the 18-year-old Afanasyev likely has a future in the NHL. He has been tearing up the OHL with 12 points in 11 games for Windsor.
News: The Predators recalled Trenin from AHL Milwaukee on Saturday.
Impact: Trenin has had a fantastic start to the season in the minors, racking up four goals and five points in three games. The 22-year-old Russian could make his NHL debut as soon as Saturday against the Panthers.
News: Salomaki was recalled from AHL Milwaukee on Saturday.
Impact: Nashville also recalled Yakov Trenin and demoted Daniel Carr. With Filip Forsberg battling a lower-body injury, Salomaki's likely to work his way into the lineup immediately Saturday against the Panthers.
News: Carr was sent down to AHL Milwaukee on Saturday, Robby Stanley of reports.
Impact: Carr actually started Thursday's loss to Arizona in a top-six role, but he didn't make the most of his opportunity. The 27-year-old winger slid down the lineup as that game went on and is now being sent down to the AHL, suggesting that Filip Forsberg (lower body) is likely ready to return to the lineup.
News: Weber played his seventh consecutive game without a point in Thursday's 5-2 loss to the Coyotes.
Impact: This should not come as a surprise, as the 31-year-old blueliner has recorded fewer than 10 points in each of the last four seasons. Being more the stay-at-home type, you should be used to seeing Weber go long stretches without cracking the scoresheet. His fantasy value continues to hover dangerously close to zero in most formats.
News: Irwin sat out his third consecutive game as a healthy scratch Thursday against the Coyotes.
Impact: Irwin, who only played in 44 games last season, has had even more trouble getting himself in the lineup this year due to the emergence of 21-year-old rookie blueliner Dante Fabbro. Fabbro, who has played every game, has a pair of goals and sports a plus-4 rating, so he looks to be a mainstay in the lineup for now, leaving Irwin as the odd man out.
News: Turris produced a helper in Thursday's 5-2 loss to the Coyotes.
Impact: Turris has done rather well in a fourth-line role, with five points and 11 shots on goal through seven games. He'll offset some of the reduced offense by skating on the second power-play unit, but his current pace doesn't match his usage. The 30-year-old will likely be streaky for much of the year.
News: Ellis registered two helpers, two shots on goal and two blocked shots in Thursday's 5-2 loss to the Coyotes.
Impact: Ellis had a hand in both of the Predators' goals in the game. It's the third-straight two-assist outing for the defenseman, who is up to nine points, 16 shots on goal and 12 blocks in seven contests this season. Full-season fantasy owners will be pleased with the production, and DFS players will want to jump on the blueliner while he's hot.
News: Bonino scored a goal on two shots in Thursday's 5-2 loss to the Coyotes.
Impact: Bonino's third-period tally briefly gave the Predators hope for a comeback, but it wasn't meant to be. The center has amassed five points, nine blocked shots and 12 shots on goal over seven games.
News: Fabbro scored a goal on two shots and blocked two shots in Thursday's 5-2 loss to the Coyotes.
Impact: Fabbro has a pair of goals through seven games, while adding 11 blocks and a plus-4 rating. The defenseman is skating on the second pairing this season with Mattias Ekholm, a position that should help him generate a bit of offense as he commences his first full NHL season.
News: Saros allowed four goals on 31 shots in Thursday's 5-2 loss to the Coyotes.
Impact: Another start, another dud for the 24-year-old. Saros is 0-3-0 and has allowed 14 goals over his three appearances this season. He posted a 2.62 GAA and a .915 save percentage in 31 games (27 starts) last year, so he will likely improve as the season progresses. Expect Pekka Rinne to return to the crease at home versus the Panthers on Saturday.
News: Saros led his team out for warmups and will start in goal for Thursday's game against Arizona, Brooks Bratten of the Predators' official site reports.
Impact: Saros was expected to draw the start prior to the game, and as evidenced by this news, that notion was confirmed. The Finn has had massive struggles in net this campaign, going 0-2-0 with a 5.08 GAA and .844 save percentage in two starts. The good news for Saros is that the Coyotes have scored just 11 goals in eight games, good for second-to-last in the league.
News: Forsberg won't play in Thursday's game against the Coyotes due to a lower-body injury.
Impact: Forsberg suffered the injury during Tuesday's win against Vegas, and he was unable to complete the game. This is tough news for Forsberg and the Predators, considering he has collected a point in each of the first six games of the season, good for eight total. Expect the team to monitor the 25-year-old's status closely and on a day-to-day basis. In his stead Thursday, Daniel Carr is expected to draw into the lineup, with Mattias Ekholm the likely beneficiary to see extra power-play time.
News: Saros is expected to start between the pipes Thursday in the desert versus the Coyotes, Adam Vingan of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Despite his massive struggles in the crease, Saros appears headed for his third start in seven games. The backup netminder performed admirably for the Predators last season, sporting a 2.62 GAA and a .915 save percentage over 31 appearances, and figures to get a good chunk of starts behind the aging Pekka Rinne. Thursday could serve as an opportunity for him to turn things around, as he will face a Coyotes squad averaging just 2.20 goals per game.
News: Forsberg (undisclosed) will be a game-time call for Thursday's game against the Coyotes, Adam Vingan of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Forsberg was injured during the third period of Tuesday's win over the Golden Knights, and he didn't return. The 25-year-old winger is an impressive six-game point streak, including five goals, so this is positive news for the Predators. The final verdict on his status will come when warmups commence 30 minutes before Thursday's 10:00 p.m. EST puck drop.
News: Carr cleared waivers Wednesday and will stay with the Predators, Pierre LeBrun of TSN reports.
Impact: The Predators were hoping Carr would pass waivers and land with AHL Milwaukee. However, Filip Forsberg has an undisclosed injury, so Carr's services will be needed with the big club at least until Forsberg is cleared to play. Carr has zero points and a minus-1 rating in two NHL games this year.
News: Arvidsson supplied an assist and two shots on goal in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Golden Knights.
Impact: Arvidsson set up Calle Jarnkrok in the second period for what would be the game-winning goal. The Swedish winger has three goals, three helpers and 15 shots on goal through six games this season, with two of his points coming on the man advantage. If he can stay healthy, he should have a chance to return to the 60-point threshold.
News: Josi registered an assist and earned a fighting major in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Golden Knights.
Impact: Josi is not known for fighting, but he dropped the gloves with Mark Stone in a big-name battle in the first period. The Swiss defenseman is at a point-per-game pace with two goals and four helpers through six games this year. He's added 20 shots on goal as well.
News: Grimaldi (lower body) posted an assist and two shots while skating 12:51 in a 5-2 win over the Golden Knights on Tuesday.
Impact: Grimaldi missed two games with the issue, but picked up his second assist of the season on Kyle Turris' opening goal in the first period. The 26-year-old is looking to keep a consistent spot in the lineup for the Predators after registering 13 points in 53 games last season.
News: Ellis assisted on the first and last goals of Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Golden Knights.
Impact: The defenseman went plus-2 and added a pair of shots and a pair of hits. Ellis has been on fire with seven points and a plus-6 through six games this year. He had a career-high 41 points in 82 games in 2018-19.
News: Sissons scored a goal on two shots and added two hits in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Golden Knights.
Impact: Sissons needed just 44 seconds in the second period to even the score, sparking a run of four unanswered goals for the Predators over the final 40 minutes. The 25-year-old has two goals and two assists over a four-game point streak, which accounts for all his offense this year. Sissons has added 12 hits and a plus-3 rating.
News: Jarnkrok scored a goal on two shots in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Golden Knights.
Impact: After posting four assists over the first five games of the year, Jarnkrok scored one of his own, which would count as the game-winner. The winger is enjoying top-line deployment for now -- if he can maintain that position, he should easily top his previous career high of 35 points, set in 68 games in 2017-18.
News: Forsberg scored a goal on four shots in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Golden Knights before exiting in the third period with an undisclosed injury, Adam Vingan of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Forsberg capped a run of three Predators goals in just over six minutes in the second period, which put Nashville firmly in control of the contest. The Swedish winger has opened the season on a six-game point streak, recording five goals, three helpers and 27 shots on goal in that span. If Forsberg is unavailable for any length of time, it will be a big blow to the Predators. Coach Peter Laviolette said after the game that Forsberg was still being "evaluated," so it's uncertain if the 25-year-old will be ready to play in Nashville's next game Thursday in Arizona.
News: Bonino scored a power-play goal and added an assist in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Golden Knights.
Impact: The center doubled his offense for the year with the two-point effort. Bonino also put four shots on goal and blocked two shots. The Connecticut native will continue to occupy a third-line role that could yield 30-plus points on a high-scoring team.
News: Turris scored a goal and added a power-play assist in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Golden Knights.
Impact: Turris opened the scoring and also provided a helper on the final goal by Nick Bonino in the third period. The 30-year-old center had only 23 points in 55 games in 2018-19 after topping 40 points in four of the five previous seasons. Turris has had to settle for a bottom-six role with Matt Duchene in town, which could limit the former's ability to return to his previous level of production.
News: Rinne allowed two goals on 35 shots in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Golden Knights.
Impact: The Finnish goalie trailed 2-1 after the first period, but the Predators scored three times in the second period to turn the game around. Rinne has won all four of his starts this season, allowing 11 goals in that span. He projects to earn the slight majority of the starts while splitting crease duties with Juuse Saros.
News: Rinne will tend the road twine against the Golden Knights on Tuesday, Brooks Bratten of the Predators' official site reports.
Impact: Rinne has won his first three games to start the season, but he has an unimpressive .894 save percentage in that span. It has been five days since Rinne's last start, so he'll need to get right quickly against the Golden Knights, who have scored 11 goals over their last two outings -- both wins.
News: Grimaldi (lower body) is in the projected lineup for Tuesday's game against the Golden Knights,'s Thomas Willis reports.
Impact: Grimaldi skated on Nashville's fourth line during practice Monday, which was the first indication that he'd likely be available against Vegas. The 26-year-old forward has tallied one assist while averaging 11:24 of ice time in three appearances this season.
News: The Predators waived Carr on Tuesday, Adam Vingan of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Carr has been a healthy scratch for three of Nashville's first five games and only averaged 9:53 of ice time in the two contests he appeared in, so this move doesn't come as a surprise. As long as he goes unclaimed, the 27-year-old forward will be assigned to AHL Milwaukee.
News: Mismash (knee) is fully recovered from a knee injury suffered in late January.
Impact: The 2017 second-rounder (61st overall) suffered a season-ending knee injury last January but recovered in time to suit up for each of the University of North Dakota's first two 2019-20 contests. Mismash has picked up a goal and an assist in those two games. His stock has decreased since he was drafted, but Mismash still has a chance to make it as a bottom-six grinder.
News: Grimaldi (lower body) skated on the fourth line in Monday's practice, Brooks Bratten of the Predators' official site reports.
Impact: Grimaldi has missed the last two contests but was considered day-to-day prior to both of them. His presence at practice indicates he should be good to go sooner rather than later. Expect Grimaldo to return to his bottom-six role Tuesday in Vegas or Thursday in Arizona.
News: Watson skated a season-low 10:47 in Saturday's 7-4 loss to the Kings, and was held off the scoresheet for the third time in five games.
Impact: Watson continues to skate primarily in a bottom-six role, similar to the one he occupied last season, flanking Nick Bonino and Colton Sissons on the Preds' third line. As such, points will be hard to come by for the 28-year-old winger, as he will likely spend the majority of his time shutting down opposing teams' top lines. His fantasy value remains confined to deeper leagues that reward hits and PIM.
News: Bonino has just a goal and an assist in five games this season after being held off the scoresheet in Saturday's 7-4 loss to the Kings.
Impact: Given the offensive upgrades the Preds made late last season and during the offseason -- adding Mikael Granlund and Matt Duchene, respectively -- any chance Bonino had at a top-six role this season are pretty much gone, barring injuries. Skating primarily on the third line with Auston Watson and Colton Sissons, Bonino is currently on pace for something resembling the 35 points he posted last year.
News: Hamhuis skated 15:08 Saturday against the Kings, after missing the previous two games as a healthy scratch.
Impact: The 36-year-old blueliner saw part-time duty last season for the Preds, playing in just 57 games and recording five assists. So far, all signs point to him filling a similar role -- with similar output -- this season. He has yet to post a point in three contests.
News: Smith posted his fourth straight game without a point Saturday against the Kings.
Impact: After recording an assist in the season opener, Smith has been very quiet in the last few games. Once a top-six option for the Preds, he has been skating on the fourth line recently with Kyle Turris and Daniel Carr. Last season, Smith took a major step back scoring-wise with just 38 points following a 51-point effort the season before. Expect his numbers to fall even further if his role as a checking-line grinder continues.
News: Johansen scored a goal and added an assist in Saturday's 7-4 loss to Los Angeles.
Impact: Johansen has started hot with a five-game, seven-point scoring streak (two goals, five assists) to start the season. His best season came in 2014-15 when he delivered 71 points, including 26 goals. But in recent seasons, he's ranged from 54-64 points and averaged just 14 goals. Fantasy owners have long hoped for an 80-point season from Johansen. Is this the giant leap forward for this former fourth-overall pick (2010)? He has that in him, but we'll refrain from judgement (or bets) for a little while longer.
News: Ellis delivered two assists in Saturday's 7-4 loss to the Kings.
Impact: He was also minus-2. Ellis already has five points, including four assists, in five games this season. The Preds are putting up a ton of goals this season and Ellis has been a big part of it. His pace will quiet, so enjoy it while it lasts.
News: Saros made 31 saves in Saturday's 7-4 loss to the Kings.
Impact: The Kings scored in bunches -- they snagged four between the first and second to go up 4-1, and then put two more behind Saros in 23 seconds in the last minute of play. Saros has lost both games he's started this season and he's allowed 10 goals. It's early, so don't panic. But we do want to see more from the heir apparent to Pekka Rinne.
News: Saros will patrol the road crease in Saturday's game against the Kings, Brooks Bratten of the Predators' official site reports.
Impact: Saros only has one game under his belt this year, and he yielded four goals on 27 shots to the Red Wings. His performance last year was solid, however, with a .915 save percentage over 31 games. He'll get a spot start here to keep Pekka Rinne fresh. The Kings have been inconsistent so far but sport an impressive 3.67 goals per game.
News: Grimaldi (lower body) won't play Saturday against the Kings, Thomas Willis of the Predators' official site reports.
Impact: Grimaldi will miss a second straight game Saturday, but he was a limited participant at Friday's morning skate, which suggests he could be ready to return as soon as Tuesday against Vegas. Once he's given the green light to rejoin the lineup, the 26-year-old will take on a bottom-six role for the Predators.
News: Jarnkrok collected two assists and was plus-2 in a 6-5 win over the Capitals on Thursday.
Impact: In a game that saw five lead changes, Jarnkrok had a hand in the final one, setting up Mattias Ekholm's game-winning goal with 4:40 left in the third period. He also picked up an assist in the second period for his first multi-point effort of the year. Jarnkrok has scored between 10-16 goals and 26-35 points in each of the last four years for the Predators.
News: Granlund had two assists and four shots on goal in Thursday's 6-5 win over Washington.
Impact: The 27-year-old assisted on goals by Filip Forsberg and Matt Duchene, his first time on the scoresheet since scoring a goal in the season opener. Acquired at last year's trade deadline from Minnesota, Granlund struggled with just one goal in 16 games as a Predator but had been a 20-goal man for the Wild in each of the previous two seasons. If he stays on a line with Forsberg and Duchene, he should be able to turn in a productive offensive season.
News: Arvidsson had two assists and was plus-2 with one shot on goal in Thursday's 6-5 win over Washington.
Impact: Arvidsson set up both of Ryan Johansen's goals Thursday, including a power-play tally in the third period. The 26-year-old has four points through his first four games of the season after sniping a career-high 34 goals in only 58 games in 2018-19. Arvidsson benefited from a career-high shooting percentage (17.4) last year, but he should still hover somewhere in the 30-goal neighborhood even if he can't sustain last year's efficiency.
News: Forsberg scored a goal on two shots and added an assist in a 6-5 win over the Capitals on Thursday.
Impact: A nifty breakaway goal in the first period gave the 25-year-old four goals in as many games this season, and a third-period assist improved his season point total to six. Forsberg has eclipsed the 25-goal plateau in each of his five full NHL seasons, including a pair of 30-goal campaigns. He has a safe floor and could push his production to another level in 2019-20 if he can stay healthy.
News: Duchene scored a goal on five shots and added an assist in Thursday's 6-5 win over Washington.
Impact: The 28-year-old center already has eight points in his first four games as a Predator, but tonight's goal was his first of the season. He's tallied two or more points in all but one game this year. It's dangerous to draw conclusions from a four-game sample, but Duchene could top the 70 points he put up in 73 games last year with Ottawa and Columbus.
News: Ekholm scored the game-winning goal and registered four shots with three blocked shots in a 6-5 win over Washington on Thursday.
Impact: Ekholm blasted a point shot through traffic to put the Predators ahead with 4:40 left in the third period. The 29-year-old defenseman has now reached the scoresheet in three of the first four games this season and could challenge the career-high 44 points he racked up last year. He has increased his point totals in each of the prior three seasons entering 2019-20.
News: Johansen scored twice on two shots and was plus-2 in Thursday's 6-5 win over the Capitals.
Impact: After notching one assist in each of the first three games of the season, Johansen got into the goal-scoring column with an even-strength tally in the second period and a power-play goal in the third. Johansen does have seasons with 33 and 26 goals on his NHL resume, but he's been more playmaker than goal-scorer in recent seasons, notching a career-high 50 assists last season.
News: Rinne stopped 21 of 26 shots in Nashville's 6-5 win over Washington on Thursday.
Impact: It wasn't always pretty in a game that featured five lead changes, but Rinne improved to 3-0-0 on the season nonetheless. The 36-year-old had entered the game having allowed only two goals in each of his first two starts. Rinne was rock-solid again in 2018-19, going 30-19-4 with a 2.42 GAA and .918 save percentage. He remains a reliable fantasy option in his 12th year as Nashville's No.1 goaltender.
News: Grimaldi won't suit up for Thursday's clash against the Capitals and is considered day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
Impact: Grimaldi was a game-time decision coming into the clash, but he didn't participate in morning skate, so this news isn't quite surprising. With the 26-year-old sitting out, Daniel Carr will draw into the lineup as the fourth-line left wing. Grimaldi will likely be monitored daily, and his next chance to suit up is Saturday against the Kings.
News: Rinne will start Thursday's home game against the Capitals.
Impact: Rinne has won each of his first two starts on the young season, delivering a 2.00 GAA and .932 save percentage. Even at age 36, the Finnish goaltender remains among the best at his position.
News: Grimaldi (undisclosed) will be a game-time decision for Thursday's matchup with Washington, Thomas Willis of the Predators' official site reports.
Impact: Grimaldi wasn't on the ice for morning skate, which was the first sign that he might not be available for Thursday's contest. If he's unable to go, Daniel Carr will draw into the lineup against the Capitals.
News: Forsberg scored a goal for the third consecutive game in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Sharks, giving him four points in three contests to start the season.
Impact: Forsberg took a bit of a step backward last season with a 50-point campaign, following the career-best 64 he put up the season before. However, he's off to a blazing start this season and looks to be back to his usual, consistent self. He should be a fixture in your fantasy lineups on a nightly basis.
News: Johansen notched an assist for the third consecutive game in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Sharks.
Impact: Typically a slow starter, Johansen has been very steady out of the gate this season. While he still has yet to score his first goal, he's in a nice groove right now, centering the Preds' top line with Craig Smith and Viktor Arvidsson. The 27-year-old Vancouver native has reached the 60-point plateau in five of his past six seasons, and right now there's no reason to think this season will be any different.
News: Sissons recorded his first point of the season with an assist in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Sharks.
Impact: Sissons reached the 30-point plateau last season for the first time in his career, and could surpass that mark this year if things go well. He continues to be one of the Preds' more versatile, all-purpose forwards -- a guy who can play a shutdown role and kill penalties but also jump onto a scoring line and help out on the power play when needed. For the time being, he is skating primarily on the third line with Nick Bonino and Auston Watson, but keep an eye on his line assignments just in case he gets moved up.
News: Fabbro nabbed his first point of the season with an empty-net goal late in the third period of Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Sharks.
Impact: Fabbro joined the Preds late last season, appearing in just four regular-season games and six playoff contests. However, he has not looked out of place so far this season, averaging 19:15 in ice time over his first three games with a plus-3 rating. Fabbro still doesn't see any real power-play time, but he's seeing quality 5-on-5 minutes on the Preds' second defensive pairing opposite Mattias Ekholm. He could make for a sneaky waiver-wire add in many deep fantasy formats. Go see if he is available in yours.
News: Grimaldi notched his first point of the season with an assist in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Sharks.
Impact: The 26-year-old California native scored just 13 points in 53 games for the Preds last season, skating mostly in a checking-line capacity. That appears to be the case so far this year, too -- he saw ice time of just 11:19 Tuesday against the Sharks, skating mostly on the fourth line with Kyle Turris and Calle Jarnkrok.
News: Josi scored two goals, including one on the power play, with four shots on net and a plus-2 rating in a 5-2 victory over the Sharks on Tuesday.
Impact: The 29-year-old tied a career-best 15 goals in 2018-19, and with Tuesday's performance, Josi already has a pair to begin 2019-20. Josi reached the 15-goal mark last season with only two scores coming on the power play. While repeating 13 even-strength goals is highly unlikely, he can get back to 15 goals if he performs better on the power play, and he already has a man-advantage score in the first week. He has two goals and three points with a plus-3 rating in three games to begin 2019-20.
News: Rinne allowed two goals on 35 shots in a 5-2 victory against the Sharks on Tuesday.
Impact: He'll turn 37 in November, but Rinne is still an oldie but goodie fantasy asset. He's won both of his starts to begin the season and yielded only two goals in each contest. Rinne isn't the workhorse he was five years ago, but he should see about 55 start, giving him a great chance at his sixth straight 30-win campaign.
News: According to Paul Skrbina of The Tennessean, Rinne was the first netminder off the ice at morning skate, indicating he'll guard the goal during Tuesday's home matchup with the Sharks.
Impact: Rinne was solid in Nashville's regular-season opener against the Wild on Thursday, turning aside 22 of 24 shots en route to a 5-2 victory. The Finnish backstop will look to keep rolling in a home matchup with a struggling San Jose club that's lost three consecutive games to open the campaign.
News: Turris posted his first assist of the season Saturday against the Red Wings, however he centered the third line and skated just 12:13 in the 5-3 loss.
Impact: The Preds originally acquired Turris two seasons ago to be their second-line center behind Ryan Johansen. That didn't exactly worked out as planned, which forced the team to go out and land Matt Duchene this summer. That move all but relegates Turris to a bottom-six role this season, and his ice time will surely continue to suffer as a result. Prior to last season, you could pretty much pencil Turris in for 50 points every year, however 40 points this season seems like a huge stretch.
News: Jarnkrok posted his first assist of the season in Saturday's 5-3 loss to the Red Wings, skating 11:48 on the third line with Kyle Turris and Rocco Grimaldi.
Impact: Jarnkrok saw less than 12 minutes of action for the second consecutive game, which is not a good sign considering he's been used to seeing ice time in the 15 to 16 minute range over the past three seasons. While it's nice to see him crack the scoreboard early, a diminished offensive role means he will have trouble getting back to the 30-point plateau. Buyer beware.
News: Ekholm scored a goal and dished out an assist in Saturday's 5-3 loss to the Red Wings.
Impact: This was Ekholm's first multi-point game since Jan. 15. He has been left off the power play to start the season, but Ekholm is finding a way to mark the scoresheet regardless. His points will likely taper off soon, but he's setting himself up to surpass last year's 44-point mark.
News: Duchene tallied two assists Saturday in a 5-3 loss to Detroit.
Impact: Duchene is making a big impact in his new uniform -- he has five assists in two games. He has had two 70-point seasons, including 2018-19. But he's struggled to translate his immense potential into real production for most of his career. It remains to be seen if Nashville will be the place where his potential emerges. But if he keeps this kind of production up for a few more games, you need to start shopping Duchene. You may find someone who believes he's a new man and overpay for him.
News: Saros made 23 saves in a 4-3 loss to the Red Wings on Saturday night.
Impact: Saros got a bit unlucky -- the winner went in off his mask off a shot off the rush. But the reality is he needs to be far better than an .852 save percentage. Starter Pekka Rinne is a machine in the net, but he needs a solid back-up to allow the Preds to utilize a little load management for their elder statesman. Keep Saros benched until you see signs of life.
News: According to Robby Stanley of, Saros was the first goalie off the ice at morning skate, indicating he'll get the start in goal in Saturday's home matchup with the Red Wings.
Impact: Saros was razor sharp during preseason play, maintaining an impressive 1.10 GAA and .962 save percentage through three appearances. The 24-year-old Finn will look to pick up his first victory of 2019-20 in a home matchup with a Detroit team that averaged 2.63 goals per game on the road last season, 20th in the NHL.
News: Ellis recorded a goal, an assist, three shots, four blocks and a plus-4 rating in Thursday's 5-2 win over the Wild.
Impact: Ellis was a force on both ends of the ice, and he scored the first goal of Nashville's season early in the second period. After being prone to injuries earlier in his career, Ellis played all 82 games for the first time last season and walked away with a career-high 41 points. He could be even better this year if he stays healthy.
News: Forsberg scored an empty-net goal on one of his six shots and added an assist in Thursday's 5-2 win over Minnesota.
Impact: Forsberg looked comfortable skating alongside new No. 1 center Matt Duchene, as the pair both assisted on Ryan Ellis' goal to open the scoring and Duchene set up Forsberg's game-sealing tally with Minnesota's Devan Dubnyk off for an extra attacker. The Swedish winger was limited to 50 points in 64 games last season after four consecutive campaigns between 58 and 64 points, but playing alongside Duchene could help Forsberg unlock a new level.
News: Duchene dished out a trio of helpers in Thursday's 5-2 win over the Wild.
Impact: Duchene was terrific in his first game after joining Nashville in free agency, setting up goals by Ryan Ellis, Mikael Granlund and Filip Forsberg. The 28-year-old center has reached 70 points twice before, but he has a chance to surpass that mark on a loaded Predators team.
News: Rinne stopped 22 of 24 shots in Thursday's 5-2 win over the Wild.
Impact: Rinne wasn't too busy in this one, but his team actually trailed 2-1 going into the third period before rattling off four unanswered goals. With a talented and hungry Predators lineup in front of him, Rinne remains a high-caliber fantasy option almost every time he mans the crease.
News: Rinne will guard the cage at home versus the Wild on Thursday, Adam Vingan of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Rinne saw his fewest starts last year (56) since the 2013-14 campaign, as the club tries to limit his number of games. With a quality backup behind him in Juuse Saros, the veteran Rinne will likely see his workload remain in the 50-55 range this year, which still makes him a top-end fantasy option in the crease.
News: Salomaki was designated for waivers by Nashville on Monday, Adam Vingan of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Salomaki's demotion is likely the result of Eeli Tolvanen's emergence as a viable forward option. The 26-year-old Salomaki has played in 162 NHL games, but has consistently been a fringe roster player, splitting his time between the NHL and AHL throughout his career. If needed, the Finn should feature prominently on the list of potential call-ups this year.
News: Santini was designated for waivers by the Predators on Monday, Adam Vingan of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Santini -- who was acquired from the Devils as part of the P.K. Subban deal -- couldn't unseat Matt Irwin or Yannick Weber for a spot on the 23-man roster. The 24-year-old Santini will report to AH Binghamton if he clears waivers, but figures to be atop the list of potential call-ups should an injury strike the blue line.
News: Tolvanen was sent to AHL Milwaukee on Sunday.
Impact: It's a bit of a surprising move as many believed that Tolvanen had a chance at cracking the Opening Night roster for Nashville. Instead, he'll return to AHL Milwaukee where he scored 15 goals and 35 points last season. The 20-year-old forward will almost certainly get some NHL time in this season, though.
News: Tomasino scored twice and added an assist in OHL Niagara's season-opening 6-3 victory over Sudbury on Thursday.
Impact: The 2019 first round selection (24th overall) also led the IceDogs with six shots on goal. Tomasino is expected to be a big part of the Canadian World Junior roster this coming holiday season, and health permitting, should shatter his previous OHL career-high of 72 points that he set just one year ago.
News: Bonino racked up two goals and an assist while firing five shots on net during Tuesday's 6-3 win over the Panthers.
Impact: The Panthers' lineup included a large number of their young prospects, so it's really not surprising that Bonino was able to enjoy a standout performance. The 31-year-old, who notched 17 goals and 35 points in 81 games with Nashville last year, will settle into a middle-six role while seeing time on the Predators' second power-play unit once the regular season gets underway.
News: Grosenick will be between the pipes for Monday's preseason matchup with Florida, Brooks Bratten of the Predators' official site reports.
Impact: Grosenick went 24-20-1 with a .919 save percentage for AHL Milwaukee last season. The Wisconsin native hasn't played in an NHL game since 2014-15 when he was with San Jose and likely will have to spend the bulk of the 2019-20 season in the minors as well.
News: Grimaldi was awarded a one-year, $1 million contract with Nashville on Tuesday.
Impact: Grimaldi earned a well-deserved salary increase, after he posted career highs in points (13), assists (8), goals (5) and games (53) last season. Even with his diminutive 5-foot-6 frame, the North Dakota product added a nice spark to the lineup during the playoff series against Dallas, where he scored three goals in five games. Expect the 26-year-old to spend most, if not all of his time with the big club during the 2019-20 season.
News: Sissons secured a seven-year, $20 million contract with Nashville on Tuesday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: Sissons hit the 30-point mark for the first time last season, on his way to a career-high 15 goals. The winger won't be leaving the Music City any time soon with his lengthy deal, though it's hard to blame general manage David Poile for locking him in at a reasonable $2.85 million AAV. The British Columbia native figures to start the year in a bottom-six spot, but could earn a bigger role during training camp or due to injury during the season.