Banged Up Predators Squad Hits The West Coast: Add Erat To List Staying Home

Mike MacDonaldCorrespondent INovember 2, 2010

Preds will miss Erat on West Coast Swing
Preds will miss Erat on West Coast SwingClaus Andersen/Getty Images

You have to love the upper body/lower body injury news that we continue to hear as we progress through another NHL season.

Unfortunately for the Nashville Predators, the M.A.S.H. unit is filling up quickly.

Already gone with a "lower-body" ailment is defenseman Ryan Suter and Matthew Lombardi seems to still be feeling the effect of his "concussion", both don't have a timetable right now for a return.

Now add Martin Erat to the list of walking wounded as he will not travel with the Preds as they take on Phoenix, Los Angeles and Anaheim starting Wednesday night. Erat is suffering from an "upper body" injury and missed the team skate Tuesday.

The Preds are in St. Louis (Nov 11) to end a five game road swing that started last Saturday in Detroit.

Francis Bouillon is likely to make the trip along with Marcel Goc, who has been out with a separated shoulder. Goc appears ready after taking some contact during Mondays practice.

Yesterday the Preds assigned Linus Klasen back to Milwaukee (AHL) leaving speculation of a Bouillon return. Klasen played Saturday night vs. Detroit.


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Mike MacDonald is a featured columnist who covers the Nashville Predators.