Wilson angling to crash Preds lineup

 Randy Sportak, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:09 AM ET

NASHVILLE - Colin Wilson played all 82 regular-season games for the Nashville Predators.

He has been a healthy bystander since the playoffs opened.

Wilson's time in purgatory may come to an end Thursday when the Preds face the Vancouver Canucks in Game 4 of their Western Conference semifinal.

Steve Sullivan suffered what appeared to be a knee injury late in Game 3 Tuesday, and Predators coach Barry Trotz is looking at either Wilson -- whose grandfather, Jerry, and father, Carey, both played in the NHL -- or veteran J.P. Dumont, 33, to fill the spot.

"I'm champing at the bit," said Wilson, who had 16 goals and 18 assists during the season. "Hopefully I get in. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

"I played in playoffs last year, so I really want to get playing. Watching the game has been really tough."

Trotz wouldn't tip his hand as to whom he'll play. Dumont, a veteran of nearly 900 regular-season and playoff games, skated in a pair of first-round games when Martin Erat was sidelined by injury.

However, Wilson, 21, has been part of the pre-game warmup the past few games.

"I feel he's ready for the series now," Trotz said. "He's a young guy, very talented, and a big body. His play at the end of the year wasn't where I expected to be, didn't start the first series and no one allowed him to get into the first series because everybody played pretty well.

"He had a tough time dealing with it ... and I think he's over that. He realizes he can contribute but he has to be ready."


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