Predators mailbag addresses injuries, silence, P.K. Subban, Blackhawks

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Predators coach Peter Laviolette on losing Filip Forsberg for four to six weeks
Paul Skrbina, The Tennessean

Hello from Vancouver. 

As always, thanks for the questions.

If you have one (or two or three), send them to [email protected] or on Twitter @PaulSkrbina.

Here’s what we’ve talked recently:

Last week’s mailbag: We talk tape, pads, private jets, Austin Watson and more

The week before that: Pet peeves, power play and Shania Twain

On to this week.

Where do you stand on the whole “upper-body, lower-body” dance? Why doesn’t a hip injury get “middle-body” love? Too specific? Was (Viktor) Arvidsson’s broken thumb reported by Preds because he’s walking around in a cast and it would just be silly to employ the upper-body ruse?

Also, has my man Duncan Keith calmed down, you think?

–@JaromirBlagr

A two-tweet question. I dig it, Jaromir. And your handle always bring a smile to my face.

Not for nothing, I used to rock the 90s-style Jagr hairdo, without the spectacular curls.

As for where I stand on the NHL injury dance, let’s say on the sideline. Yelling. Loudly.

I mean, is a hand injury like Arvidsson’s considered upper-body when his hand is above his waist and lower-body when his arm is dangling below?

And I’ll never understand why middle-body gets no love from the silent masses who prefer not to talk about injuries.

The hush-hush code many teams employ about injuries — Predators included — is archaic.

This isn’t the NHL of 20 years ago. Very few goons exist. I’ve had players tell me as much when it comes to injuries, that it’s an outdated approach, that players do a fairly good job of policing the game. One player even went as far to suggest it would be beneficial to disclose injuries. That way, he reasoned, if another player targeted that spot, boom, immediate suspension.

The league just signed a multi-year deal with MGM to share sports betting data. Injuries have a big impact on how people wager. You do the math.

I’m as puzzled as you when it comes to cases like Arvidsson’s. 

And I’ve never seen a player receive 29 penalty minutes in one sequence like Duncan Keith did. He done lost his mind. 

Why no timetable on Subban and Turris return?

–Linda Duke

See above, Linda.

I asked Peter Laviolette about Subban’s status the other day. Fair question. He’s missed 10 games going into Friday. He’s been around the team but not on the ice with them, much like Arvidsson and Turris. 

Laviolette wouldn’t even verbally respond, instead looking at a team spokesman, who updated us that there was no update. 

But there was this.

What has surprised you most about covering the Preds since you started in Nashville? Any comparisons or differences to Chicago on their Cup runs?

–@Julian_SK

Get this question fairly regularly, Julian. 

The biggest surprise was learning that they built this city on rock n’ roll. I kid. But I always smirk when they play that hype song in Bridgestone, which, by the way, is in my top two or three places to watch a game. 

So difficult to compare teams, though. The game has changed a lot, even in the last 10 years. But one thing the two have in common is a strong core. The Predators seemingly closed the Blackhawks’ window with that sweep a couple of seasons ago, and crushed them the other night. Nashville’s window seems wide open for at least the next few years.

Excellent players and excellent coaches also are a common theme.

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For Eeli Tolvanen, Anthony Richard, Rocco Grimaldi: How do they manage living arrangements with the Milwaukee to Nashville uncertainty?

–@Jonathan_Howe

There’s a lot of subleasing going on. And living out of suitcases.

Tolvanen, for instance, was living in a hotel last I checked in with him the other night. I’d guess he’ll sublet his place in Milwaukee if he stays in Nashville, and find another place here.

It’s not limited to guys who go back and forth, either. Ryan Hartman found someone to live in his place he had just bought in Chicago after he was traded last season.

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Reach Paul Skrbina at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @PaulSkrbina.

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