The Nashville Predators will be without star defenceman Shea Weber for an indefinite period due to a concussion, the team announced on Tuesday. He will be evaluated on a daily basis with no date scheduled for his return.
Weber was hit hard by Mark Fistric in Nashville's game against Dallas Friday. He appeared fine after the game and was even able to speak to reporters. On Monday, however, Weber left practice early and the team was unsure what was ailing him.
"There's no official timetable for his return, but he's feeling better and I'm hoping there's a chance for him to return Friday," head coach Barry Trotz told TSN. "But we'll see."
Weber is Nashville's captain and leading scorer with 29 points in 35 games, and also leads the team with a +14 rating -- they only have three players on the plus side of the ledger.
Weber has not missed a game since March 2, 2010.
Nashville recalled defenceman Ryan Ellis from Milwaukee (AHL) in time for Monday's game. Ellis was the team's top pick in the 2009 draft, 11th overall, and was having a big year with 17 points in 26 games with the Admirals. He played 18 minutes in his NHL debut Monday, registerign three shots and a -1 rating in the loss to Detroit.
Ellis played for Canada three times in the World Junior Championship and was the Canadian Major Junior Player of the Year for 2010-11.