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Predators’ Josi out with concussion

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DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 04: Roman Josi #59 of the Nashville Predators and Steve Downie #17 of the Colorado Avalanche are seperated by the official during an altercation in the second period at Pepsi Center on October 4, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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The news out of Nashville for Predators defenseman Roman Josi is about as expected as it can get.

Joshua Cooper of The Tennessean reports Josi did not skate at the team’s practice this morning and he’s officially out with a concussion. Ryan Ellis is believed to get the call to take his spot in the lineup.

Josi suffered the injury on Friday night in Denver courtesy of a monster hit from Avalanche forward Steve Downie. The hit was ruled to be legal by the NHL Player Safety Board and he went unpunished for the play. He was, however, assessed at two-minute minor for charging.

This turn of events, as Cooper noted in his story, could lead to seeing Seth Jones pair up with Shea Weber. Josi has been his defensive partner since last season after Ryan Suter signed with Minnesota. Jones and Weber did work together a little bit in training camp this year.

Replacing Josi won’t be easy as he’s good for 25 minutes played per game.

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