The Nashville Predators have lost yet another one of their core forwards to an injury.
According to a report from the Predators official website the organization has lost veteran center Kyle Turris for at least the next 3 games as the result of an undisclosed injury. We do not even know at this time whether or not Turris is suffering from an upper body injury or a lower body injury but I can speculate on how exactly it was that Turris was injured.
On Friday night the Predators visited the St. Louis Blues at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri and I believe it was during that game that Turris suffered his current injury. During the first period of that contest St. Louis Blues forward Brayden Schenn leveled Turris with a massive hit, a hit that Turris would seemingly not recover from, causing him to leave the game. Turris would not return to the contest and I have to believe that is where the injury occurred, although at this time it remains purely speculation on my part.
It is also unclear how long Turris is expected to be out for at this time, I can however safely say it will be a minimum of 3 games due the injured reserve designation that was given to Turris today. It is a big loss for the Predators to be sure, Turris has accounted for 5 goals and 11 assists for a total of 16 points through his first 23 games of the season and plays at one of the most valued positions in the entire National Hockey League.
One man's pain can be another man's gain however and in this case it's 25 year old winger Rocco Grimaldi who apparently will be benefiting from the absence of Turris in the line up. The Predators announced today that Grimaldi has been called up from the American Hockey League and is expected to join the main roster effective immediately. Grimaldi has already appeared in 6 games for the Wild this season and has 1 goal and no assists for a total of 1 point over that stretch.
We will provide more details on the status of Turris when they are made available.