The Predators were not exactly thrilled with Steve Downie’s flying hit toward Roman Josi’s head that knocked Nashville’s blueliner out of Friday’s 3-1 loss to the Avalanche with an upper-body injury.

In fact they were downright disgusted with it.

“I take issue with that” Predators forward Paul Gaustad said. “He’s one of those players who looks for the crowd to cheer him on or something like that. I don’t know … it was a dumb hit and we know who did it. We play these guys several times this year.”

Midway through the second period Downie left his feet and led with his hands toward Josi’s head and neck in the Predators defensive zone. Josi was knocked down and appeared dazed but he left the ice under his own power. Defenseman Shea Weber and forward Gabriel Bourque immediately jumped on Downie for retribution.

“I haven’t seen a replay yet. It looks like he left his feet on the ice but (I) have to watch it” Weber said.

Predators coach Barry Trotz was hopeful the NHL would examine the hit. On the play Downie was given a two-minute minor for charging and Weber was given a double minor for roughing.

“We’re trying to get all that out of the game launching yourself with the head shots and stuff like that” Trotz said. “We’re trying to get that out of the league.”

The Predators said Josi will be re-evaluated Sunday. He was seen walking around Nashville’s locker room after the game in his street clothes.