Before starting another home stand on Thursday, the Nashville Predators will go on the road again, this time to the East coast to face the Buffalo Sabres Monday night.
They will, of course, be without center Calle Jarnkrok, who will sit the remainder of the regular season after suffering an upper body injury due to a big hit from Jets forwardAndrew Copp. If the injury progesses longer than the regular season, it could be a bigger blow than it may appear to the Predators run through the postseason.
Jarnkrok, after being one of those players not to become a Vegas Golden Knight last offseason, has had a very strong season with the team netting 16 goals and 19 assists for the team for an overall 35 points. His speed and ability to get in front of the net will be missed.
On the other side, Buffalo was without winger Kyle Okposo, but they expect him to play on Monday after he returned to skate in practice. Meanwhile, defenseman Casey Nelson is still out of commission with an upper body injury.
The Sabres are coming off a 5-3 win over the Blackhawks while the Predators have danced through 13 of their last 14 games, obtaining points in all 14 games and becoming the first team in the league to clinch a playoff berth Friday in Colorado.
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