Predators goalie skates after practice

DENVER — A mustachioed man wielding a hockey stick stuck to himself on Wednesday, shooting puck after puck into an empty net as he skated to one side of the ice inside Ball Arena after the Predators from Nashville have completed an afternoon of practice.

All-Star guard Juuse Saros dressed casually, ditching his goalie gear in favor of a baseball cap and Predators warm-up gear. Saros hasn’t played since suffering a lower-body injury more than a week ago when he limped off the ice, apparently in favor of his left leg.

General manager David Poile and his son, assistant general manager Brian Poile were among those who caught sight of Saros, who was ruled out for at least the first two games of his team’s first-round playoff series against the Colorado Avalanche. .

That streak began with a 7-2 loss Tuesday night in which starter David Rittich was pulled in the first period and replaced by Connor Ingram.

Saros has been attending team meetings and around the team, Predators coach John Hynes said Monday.

“He’s doing his rehab, he’s working, he’s getting better,” Hynes said. “He mentally prepares himself to make sure that when and if he’s ready, then he’ll be ready to go.”

The Predators face the Avalanche in Game 2 at 8:30 p.m. CT Thursday before the series moves to Nashville for Game 3 on Saturday and Game 4 on Monday.

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