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Seth Lake
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Moving Forward Without Josi in the Lineup

Injuries are a part of the game and there is no doubt that the injury to Roman Josi leaves a huge hole on the Predators back end, however injuries also open up opportunities for others to step into bigger roles and shine or falter as the case maybe.

Having attending practice the past two days, I can tell you that the tempo and mood is upbeat. The season is not over and the team is looking forward to starting the home portion of their schedule tomorrow night against Minnesota.

Replacing Josi's 25 minutes a night is going to be a challenge, but it appears Seth Jones will get the first crack alongside Shea Weber on the top defensive pairing at even-strength and Matt Cullen will move back to the point on the power play with Ryan Ellis to offset some of Josi's minutes there as well. Trotz made an interesting comment too after practice to the media about the possibility of Ellis joining Weber at even-strength occasionally as they seek solutions to replacing Josi's minutes.

Lineup from practice today:

Wilson - Fisher - Hornqvist
Smith - Cullen - Bourque
Nystrom - Legwand - Forsberg
Hendricks - Gaustad - Clune

Jones - Weber
Klein - Bartley
Ekholm - Ellis

What are you looking for as the Predators move forward? How much do you think Ellis and Ekholm will play protected minutes at even-strength with the final change the next five games? Do you think the current D corps is capable of sticking together when the homestand is over and the team loses last change on the road?

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