DETROIT - Nashville Predators forward Scott Nichol broke his left thumb in Game 1 against the Detroit Red Wings and was scheduled to have surgery Friday.
"Scotty is an all-purpose guy for us," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "He's strong on the draw, he's a top penalty killer and he's one of the leaders. We're going to miss him, but we've missed a lot of players over the last year or so. We just have to find another way to get things done."
It would help the Predators, trailing 1-0 heading into Saturday's game in Detroit, if forward David Legwand can return from a foot injury.
"He really will be a game-time decision," Trotz said. "I'm hopeful."
If Legwand can't play, the Predators either will call up a forward from the minors or play with seven defencemen.