With the Milwaukee Admirals still very much in the thick of a playoff chase, the Nashville Predators have sent three players back to the farm club to help out. Forwards Austin Watson and Daniel Bang, and defenseman Mattias Ekholm (who caught a nasty elbow from Alexander Edler last night) are heading back north.
As John Glennon noted earlier today, some of the Predators are due to resume practicing, but even if replacements are still needed there is time for Nashville to recall these guys before Friday's game at Chicago (it's just a short drive from Milwaukee, as long as the boys make sure they avoid The Brat Stop).
This arrived from the Preds:
Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has reassigned forwards Daniel Bang and Austin Watson, in addition to defenseman Mattias Ekholm to Milwaukee (AHL).
Bang has played in Nashville's last four games - his first four NHL contests - recording two points. Watson has gone without a point in his first five contests dating back to his NHL debut on April 7. Ekholm logged 16:05 in his first NHL game of the season on Monday night against Vancouver after being recalled earlier in the day.