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Roy (upper body) is set to return to the lineup Thursday against the Coyotes.

After a five-game absence, Roy stepped into center the fourth line at Wednesday's practice, and figures to slot in there on Thursday with Paul Gaustad (lower body) not expected to play. Roy's return will allow the Predators to avoid calling up an extra forward, as the only other options (Gaustad and Taylor Beck) are injured.

Derek Roy C NAS 10 Days

Roy (upper body) participated in Wednesday's practice, Eric Stromgren of The Tennessean reports.

Roy substituted in for Paul Gaustad (lower body) as the center of a line that included Eric Nystrom and Gabriel Bourque. It's a sign of progress for Roy, who has missed the Preds' previous five games, but it's unclear if he'll be a lineup option for Thursday's game in Arizona.

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Roy (upper body) will not play Thursday against the Predators, NHL.com's Lou Korac reports.

Roy will miss his third straight game with the upper-body injury, with no word on when he might rejoin the Nashville lineup. The veteran center has 10 points in 22 games this season.

Derek Roy C NAS 18 Days

Roy (upper body) is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Hurricanes, and remains day-to-day, Eric Stromgren of the Tennessean reports.

At this point, there is no exact word on the severity of the injury, nor is there an expected timeline for Roy's return. Keep him on your fantasy bench until further details are known.

Derek Roy C NAS 18 Days

Roy missed Saturday's game with an upper-body injury, but practiced with the team Monday, Eric Stromgren of the Tennessean reports.

We expect an update on Roy's availability for Tuesday's matchup with the Hurricanes prior to game time. Roy has a goal and nine assists in 22 games for the Preds so far this season.

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Roy broke through with his first goal of the season in the first period of Tuesday's 9-2 manhandling of the Leafs.

The tally snapped a four-game point drought for Roy, who now owns a modest eight points in 18 games of the year -- a number fairly representative of his skills at this point in his career. Those 60-plus-point days are long gone and not coming back.

Derek Roy C NAS 1 Month

Roy handed out two assists in Thursday's victory over the Stars.

While Roy's dished out a modestly respectable seven helpers in 13 games, he's failed to score a goal this year. However, he did put a season-high five shots on goal Thursday, suggesting that he might be on the verge of breaking through.

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Roy tallied an assist during Tuesday's 4-3 shootout win over the Coyotes, giving him four points in six games to start the season.

Roy has been a steady source of offense for the new-look Preds this season, skating primarily on the team's second line alongside Colin Wilson and Craig Smith. Going forward, Roy should continue to see plenty of opportunities to add to his totals, both at even strength and on the power play.

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Roy has been skating with Craig Smith and Colin Wilson so far in training camp, the Tennessean reports. "They're both good players with the puck and real smart," Roy said of his new linemates. "Smitty's an offensive dynamic with a great shot. Colin is a great passer and has great vision around the ice. I'm looking forward to playing with those guys and seeing where it goes."

With Mike Fisher out until at least late November with a ruptured Achilles, new coach Peter Laviolette has to decide who will be centering his top two scoring lines, and Roy appears to be right in the mix. A second line of Wilson-Roy-Smith seems like a pretty decent second line, assuming the trio show some chemistry together. However, it's still just the first week of camp, and there's sure to be a lot more line juggling to come, so don't assume anything is written in stone just yet.

Derek Roy C NAS 5 Months

After three sub-par years, Derek Roy knew his training needed to change and he knew he needed to work on his nutrition.

So this summer the veteran center, who signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Predators last Tuesday, enrolled in Gary Roberts' fitness program in Toronto. Roberts, a former NHL forward, is renowned these days for his intense fitness regimen. He has mentored many NHL players, most notably Tampa Bay Lightning All-Star Steven Stamkos. Roy hopes being in better shape will help him avoid some of the injuries that slowed him down in recent seasons. "I wanted to come in the best shape I could possibly coming into the season, and that's why I sought out Gary and his workout program," Roy, 31, said. "I'm feeling great right now and hopefully at the end of the summer I'll be feeling better and not focusing on injuries. From a nutrition standpoint and working with some of the best athletes around has been good. It has been good for my health." Roy had only 37 points in 75 games with St. Louis last season.