Originally posted on Fox Sports Tennessee  |  Last updated 1/4/12
When defenseman Shea Weber went out with his concussion, the logical assumption was that Nashville would have problems defensively. But the Predators have won three of the four games he has missed and have given up a total of only five goals in the three victories. Sunday, they raced to a three-goal lead and provided enough buffer -- they allowed only 20 shots on goal -- to hold off the Calgary Flames 5-3. The Predators have been able to make up for Weber's absence with a solid team effort. Nine players hit the scoresheet Sunday, and only one, left wing Brian McGrattan played fewer than 10 minutes. Weber took part in some light skating Sunday, which would be a positive step in his recovery from his concussion, sustained Dec. 23 at Dallas. Still, there's no timetable for his return. In the past, the Predators have prided themselves on being a team that adapts to injuries and continues to thrive. Even without their All-Star defenseman, they have continued to maintain that identity. The Predators have three days off before they play the Dallas Stars on Thursday in what figures to be a tense battle. It was a hit by Stars defensemen Mark Fistric that injured Weber, and the Predators took exception to it.
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