Nashville Predators have no top goaltender Juuse Sros for at least the first two games in Round 1.

Nashville goaltender Juuse SarosThe Predators' Stanley Cup playoff series against them in Games 1 and 2, will not be possible. Colorado Avalanche.

John Hynes, Predators coach, confirmed the decision Monday. This leaves Nashville without its top netminder until Game 3 on Saturday.

Saros was hurt in the lower body last Tuesday while playing for the United States. Calgary Flamesmissed the Predators' final two regular season games. Hynes did not name either David RittichOder Connor IngramAs Nashville's Game 1 Starter on Tuesday.

Hynes said Monday that they are still discussing it with reporters. He also stated that Saros would be “reassessed” after Game 2, and that the team would plan a course of action from there.

Saros was with the Predators in Colorado, but he did not practice with them on Monday. Instead, he completed a separate medical skating session.

The 27-year old was one the NHL's most successful goalies, logging the longest time in net while taking the second-most shots. He finished the season with 38-25-3 and the second-most wins.

Ingram and Rittich have never played in an NHL playoff game. The eighth-seeded Predators need one of them to take the fight against Ingram, the Western Conference's top player.

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