Preds hope Vokoun returns after Christmas

Updated: December 13, 2006, 2:12 PM ET
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Injured Nashville Predators goalie Tomas Vokoun skated on Tuesday for the first time since tearing a ligament late last month, the Tennessean of Nashville reported.

Tomas Vokoun
Vokoun

Vokoun, who injured his thumb on Nov. 23 in a 6-0 win over the Vancouver Canucks, skated on his own before the team morning skate, the newspaper reported.

The Preds are hoping that Vokoun, who is currently wearing a moderate-sized cast on his left arm, will be able to return to the roster after Christmas, the newspaper said.

Vokoun, 30, was 11-4-1 with a 2.49 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage in 16 games before being injured. Backup Chris Mason, who filled in for Vokoun last season when he was sidelined with a blood clot, is 8-4 with a 2.77 GAA and a .917 save percentage.

Not counting the game in which Vokoun was injured, the Predators are 5-4 since he was sidelined.