The Predators may have lost a key trade acquisition.
Wayne Simmonds left Nashville’s matchup with Dallas on Saturday after he took a puck to the knee off of a shot from Roman Josi.
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Simmonds went to the locker room with a notable limp and he did not return to the bench when the trainer came back a few minutes later.
The 30-year-old winger came over to the Predators in a trade from the Flyers at the deadline.
He has one goal and two assists in 17 games with Nashville, but so much of what Simmonds does doesn’t show up on the scoresheet.
He fights hard for loose pucks, delivers big hits and sets the tone on the ice whenever he is out there.
And in a series against one of the toughest defensive teams in the NHL, the Predators will need a player like that down the stretch.
Dallas finished second in the NHL allowing a mere 2.44 goals against per game.