Should Nashville Predators goalie play if healthy?

A barely audible “Juuse” replaced the words “you see” during the national anthem before the Nashville Predators faced the Colorado Avalanche in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series Saturday at Bridgestone Arena.

Customary before most games, except All-Star goalie Juuse Saros was not in uniform for the home team, still sidelined with the lower-body injury that has caused his absence this series.

This series moved to 3-0 in favor of the Avalanche, thanks largely to their four power-play goals – not because of who was in net, which happened to be rookie Connor Ingram again in the 7-3 loss. The Predators fell behind 3-0 in a series for the first time in franchise history.

Saros ‘status remains up in the air, Predators coach John Hynes said Saturday, a few days after he said he wouldn’t rule out Saros’ return when the series returned to Nashville.

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“I do not have the answer at this point,” Hynes said.

At this point, though, there wouldn’t be much point in playing Saros, not with such a deficit staring the Predators in the face.

Not with how well Ingram has played in his stead.

Not with the uncertainty that comes with returning from an injury. The risk outweighs the reward right now.

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