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Cullen (lower body) will not play Thursday against the Lightning, Adam Vingan of the Washington Post reports.

Cullen is traveling with the Predators on their two-game road trip, but with lower-body ailment evidently still dogging him, he'll be forced out of a second straight contest.

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Cullen (lower body) will travel with the Predators on their two-game road trip beginning Thursday in Tampa Bay.

After being ruled out of Tuesday's win over the Canadiens due to the injury, Cullen was on the ice for Wednesday's practice. While his participation in drills would seem to suggest his injury isn't too severe, the Predators are still keeping around emergency call-up Kevin Fiala in the event Cullen isn't ready to play by Thursday.

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Cullen is missing Tuesday's game against the Canadiens due to a lower-body injury, Adam Vignan of The Tennessean reports.

The Predators are listing him as day-to-day, with his next crack at playing set to arrive Thursday in Tampa Bay. Cullen, who will sit out his 16th game of the season Tuesday, has produced seven goals and 17 assists over 58 contests.

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Cullen (undisclosed) isn't on the ice for pregame warmups and appears in line to miss Tuesday's tilt with the Canadiens.

With both Cullen and Viktor Stalberg not skating due to undisclosed injuries, emergency call-up Kevin Fiala will join the lineup to fill out the Preds' forward ranks. Cullen was able to skate Tuesday morning before being ruled out, so there's still a chance he could be ready to go for Thursday's tilt with the Lightning.

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Cullen is nursing an undisclosed injury and will be a game-time decision for Tuesday's game against the Canadiens, Adam Vignan of The Tennessean reports.

Cullen was present for Tuesday's morning skate, but he missed Monday's practice for what was deemed to be maintenance purposes. Though Cullen didn't take part in line rushes at the morning skate, he was generally expected to fill in for Viktor Stalberg, who left the session with the injury. However, the Predators' emergency recall of Kevin Fiala suggests both Cullen and Stalberg are now both at risk of sitting out Tuesday's tilt with injuries. Cullen's status likely won't be made clear until the Predators conduct pregame warmups a half hour before the 8:00 ET puck drop.

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Cullen didn't participate in line rushes during the Predators' morning skate and could be out of the lineup Tuesday against the Canadiens.

Cullen received practice off Monday for maintenance purposes, but his return to the ice a day later suggests the forward isn't nursing an injury concern. However, it looks like he could be at risk of serving as a healthy scratch Tuesday, despite producing points in each of the last two games. There could still be an opening into the Nashville lineup after Viktor Stalberg was forced to exit the morning skate with an injury, but if Stalberg is able to participate in warmups without incident, Cullen would likely be forced to head to the press box for the night.

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Cullen recorded two assists in Saturday's win over the Sabres.

That's four points in four games for Cullen, who is up to seven goals and 24 points in 58 games on the season. He's been very streaky, but if you can deal with the slumps, the 38-year-old has enough offensive skill to be of value in some very deep leagues.

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Cullen scored the team's lone goal in Monday's 4-1 loss to the Rangers.

Cullen has been on a tear recently, finding the scoresheet in each of his last four games while tallying six points in that span. The 38-year-old has just 20 points on the season, but more than half of them have come in his last 13 games, so the veteran could be worth taking a flyer on while he's hot.

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Cullen scored a goal and gathered an assist in while receiving 10:46 TOI in Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Red Wings.

The 38-year-old now has a five-point, three-game point streak on the go, which is quite impressive given that he's only played a combined 34:55 during that span. Cullen's modest totals (six goals, 13 assists, plus-9, 14 PIM, 74 SOG) in 48 games leave him outside the realm of fantasy relevance in nearly all leagues. However, looking at the last 12 games -- where he's racked up 10 of his total 19 points on the season -- paints a picture of an upward trend that savvy owners should consider capitalizing on, especially since he's been playing with offensively-inclined linemates in Mike Fisher and Craig Smith regularly of late.

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Cullen assisted on both Nashville goals and went plus-2 with two penalty minutes Thursday against the Wild.

Can't blame the 4-2 loss on Cullen, that's for sure. The veteran's been surprisingly productive of late, with six points in his last seven games, but his fantasy value is largely restricted to very deep formats.