The Nashville Predators won a hard-fought victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night. But in their victory, there was a meaningful loss.
Wily old vet Scott Hartnell injured himself about 10 minutes into the game on Saturday. It was a seemingly innocent hit where Hartnell’s knee buckled and twisted. I’m not a doctor but as a famed hockey injury speculator, I can easily say that’s a knee injury. At this point, Hartnell is 35 and an aging power forward. Typically their bodies do not age well and injuries become more and more common. The Nashville Predators brought Hartnell in for some grit and experience, but they don’t necessarily need that now. They’ll need it in the playoffs, especially if they want to go deep again.
The Nashville Predators confirmed today that Hartnell would miss three to five weeks. So, who should step up into his spot on the third line?