The Nashville Predators were missing a key player from practice today, when Viktor Arvidsson was nowhere to be seen. Adam Vignan of The Athletic reports that Arvidsson has been placed on injured reserve with a lower-body injury. It’s unclear exactly when Arvidsson sustained the injury, but he was unable to play last Thursday night for the Predators or their most recent game this past weekend, meaning the IR stint is retroactive from Tuesday, October 30th. That means Arvidsson could potentially play for the Predators on Wednesday night against the Colorado Avalanche, but that would make this transaction largely irrelevant. More likely, the Predators forward will miss at least another game with the injury.
Nashville is off to a league leading 11-3-0 start this season, and have already worked their way through some injuries to key players. If Arvidsson misses any extended length of time the team would be weakened, but they’ve shown such a deep and dominant group so far that their’s little doubt they could continue to win. Perhaps this is the worst time to lose a key forward though, given they’re about to start a five-game road trip that will include stops in Colorado and Dallas, two teams trying to catch them in the Central Divison.
Arvidsson meanwhile will press the pause button on a season that looks like it had a chance to eclipse even his excellent recent history. After two straight seasons with 61 points, the 5’9″ forward was off to a point-per-game pace through 12 contests and had already scored eight goals. If he misses much time a career-high might be out of the question, though he’ll likely be inserted right back into the top group upon his return.