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Nashville without Suter tonight at MSG

Ryan Suter

In this Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011 photo, Nashville Predators defenseman Ryan Suter plays against the Winnipeg Jets in a preseason NHL hockey game in Nashville, Tenn. Suter is one of the anchors on a team that has has once again replaced aging or pricey veterans with young talent acquired through the draft. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)


Dave Lozo of reports Nashville has ruled out All-Star defenseman Ryan Suter for tonight’s game in New York against the Rangers. Head coach Barry Trotz made the announcement a short while ago, hardly surprising given what transpired yesterday in the Predators’ 3-1 win over the Isles.

Suter, who came into the game nursing an upper-body injury, exited the contest after the first period and didn’t return. The move was initially thought to be precautionary -- the Preds jumped out to a 3-0 lead after one -- but following the contest Trotz said that Suter’s injury was still bothering him and that he’d be questionable for today’s game.

Now, Suter’s out.

It’s a tough loss for Nashville heading into one of its biggest games of the year. The Preds are red hot, having won five in a row, and are playing on one of the biggest stages of the year: Madison Square Garden, in a nationally-televised contest (Preds-Rangers is on NBC Sports Network tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET). Nashville is also one win away from matching the longest winning streak in franchise history -- six games, a mark set back during the 2003-04 season.