The Nashville Predators have placed veteran defenseman Dan Hamhuis on injured reserve. This comes after Hamhuis left Tuesday’s game against the San Jose Sharks in the 2nd period and did not return.

Below is a tweet from Cap Friendly indicating the transaction by the Preds.

Hamhuis last played at the 12:47 mark of the 2nd period on Tuesday. He did not return in the 3rd period. There is no indication of what the injury might have been, though Hamhuis did take a hard hit late in the game on Saturday against the Oilers.

Key Missing Pieces

Now the Predators have two key pieces of their roster on injured reserve for undisclosed injuries: Pekka Rinne, who is eligible to return on Saturday, and Dan Hamhuis.

So far, Hamhuis has been an underwhelming addition to the defense. He’s been average on the 3rd pair and has not been able to contribute much offensively. He has just one assist in seven games.

Still, Hamhuis is a missing piece that the Predators will have a hard time replacing. The 15-year veteran has over 1000 NHL games experience. No one else on the Predators defense has over 600 games experience.

Fortunately, this is exactly why the Nashville Predators carry eight defensemen on the roster. I expect that Anthony Bitetto and Matt Irwin will split time on the 3rd pair with Yannick Weber while Dan Hamhuis is out with injury.

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