The Nashville Predators are constructed around two backbone players. One is Pekka Rinne, and the other is Shea Weber. When the Preds take on the Vancouver Canucks tonight, they won’t have either in the lineup. While this isn’t news on Rinne’s front, Weber’s injury is still fresh and a timetable isn’t known at this juncture.
The All-World defenseman will miss his second consecutive game after taking a puck to the eye against the Edmonton Oilers on November 28.
Weber didn’t play on Saturday against the Philadelphia Flyers and won’t make his return this evening against the Canucks.
Weber (eye) is out for tomorrow against Vancouver. Klein (foot) is out a minimum of two weeks. Will be evaluated again in two weeks…
— JoshuaCooper (@JoshuaCooper) December 2, 2013
At the time of the injury, Nashville’s captain was the only defenseman in the NHL leading his team in goals. Weber has seven tallies on the year and is an uncharacteristic minus-seven. The Predators don’t have blueliners that typically play anywhere from 25 to 28 minutes a night though, and it’s the minute-munching capacity of Weber that is so hard to replace.
With Weber on the shelf and Kevin Klein out as well, Roman Josi becomes the most seasoned player on the back end for Nashville. Josi has played in 117 career games at the NHL level, all with Nashville.