Rookie joins heap of injured Predators

Tuesday, November 3, 2009 at 2:59pm

The Nashville Predators will depart for a stretch of four straight road games without rookie center Colin Wilson.

The 2008 first-round draft pick missed Tuesday morning’s workout and was scheduled to meet with team doctors. The initial belief was that he reaggravated a groin injury, which caused him to miss much of training camp and the first three games of the regular season.

The Predators will depart Wednesday morning for a game at Anaheim on Thursday. From there they will go to Los Angeles (Saturday), San Jose (Nov. 10) and St. Louis (Nov. 12).

“We’re just being real cautious with it,” coach Barry Trotz said. “At this point, he will not (travel). He might join us, (but) he’s going to stay back here and have it looked at again to make sure we’re doing the right things.”

Wilson has played 10 games and has recorded one goal and one assist and a minus-1 rating. He has not been called for a penalty.

“Obviously it’s frustrating,” Trotz said. “It’s more a long-term thing. We want to make sure we’re doing the right thing, just like we did at training camp.

“This is a young player. … Hopefully he’s a big part of your future, so you want to do the right thing. You don’t want to try to force things if it’s not ready or not 100 percent.”

Wilson’s issue is just one item among a number of health issues for the Predators – good and bad – as they prepare for the longest run of road games during the next two months.

• Center Jason Arnott is set to return from an upper body injury. He had three goals and two assists in the first seven games.

Despite having missed the last six contests, he remains tied for second on the team in goals scored.

“Practicing is key instead of just jumping right in the lineup and going back at it,” Arnott said.

• Forward Jordin Tootoo will make his 2009-10 debut on the trip after having missed the first 13 games with a hip flexor strain sustained in the final days of training camp. He already has missed more games than he did all of last season.

“At the beginning of the season you really want to try to fit in wherever you can,” Tootoo said. “It’s tough being kind of on the outside looking in and seeing all the adversity the guys have gone through.”

• Defenseman Shea Weber will miss at least a week with a foot injury sustained late in Saturday’s victory over Dallas.

Weber leads the team with five goals, including three on the power play. The rest of the team combined has three power play goals.

• Forward Martin Erat has missed the last two games and did not skate Tuesday because of a lower body injury.

He is scheduled to make the trip and could play as early as Thursday. Trotz said it’s more likely that Erat will return to the lineup Saturday.

• Forward J.P. Dumont left practice early on Tuesday, but Trotz said the trainer deemed it a minor injury at best.

“He should be fine,” Trotz said.