Nashville Predators captain Shea Weber was absent from his team’s practice today, the club’s first on-ice session since their win over the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday.
Weber left early in the third period in the game against the Jets with what has been described as an “upper-body injury” and the team is listing him as “day-to-day.”
For more on how the injury occurred and the events immediately following, read our story here.
After the Predators practice this morning (which Weber missed) head coach Barry Trotz told the Associated Press:
“It’s a big deal if he doesn’t play,” Trotz said. “It’s a huge hole we have to fill.”
Nashville has two games in two nights beginning tomorrow, and if the club is without their captain it will make their defensive corps even younger.
All of Nashville’s blueliners will be 25 years of age or younger if the Predators skate without Weber (including four 23 year olds and rookie Seth Jones who is 19).
Jones said to the AP:
“It’s definitely tough when you lose a guy like him. Anyone it’s tough, but especially him. He’s our leader. He kind of makes us go. Without him, it’ll definitely be tough. But other guys on the D corps and the team will definitely step up.”
The Predators will likely know early tomorrow if Weber will be in the lineup later that night to face the New Jersey Devils, the team’s morning skate is at 10 a.m. (CST).