Injury will cause Predators' forward to miss up to a month

Monday, December 14, 2009 at 12:27pm

Jordin Tootoo has a broken bone in his right foot and is expected to miss three-four weeks.

The injury was revealed by an MRI the 26-year-old forward underwent on Sunday. He was injured early in Saturday’s 3-2 overtime loss to the Detroit Red Wings when he was hit with a slap shot from teammate Shea Weber.

It is the second significant injury of the season for Tootoo, who missed the first 13 games of the season with a hip flexor strain.

In 19 games he had two goals and seven assists and a career-high four-game point streak. The assist total already was the second-highest of his career.

No one immediately was recalled to take his place on the roster.

On Sunday, the Predators reassigned defenseman Cody Franson to Milwaukee. Franson appeared in 24 games, had seven points (two goals, five assists) and a team-high plus-5 rating. His plus-minus rating was tied for fourth among all NHL rookie defensemen.

The Predators play at Columbus, 6 p.m. (CST) Monday (Fox Sports-Tennessee, Comcast Ch. 28). It is the second meeting in five days for the Central Division rivals, who played to a shootout Thursday at the Sommet Center.

Nashville is back home Tuesday to face Tampa Bay, 7 p.m. (CST).