The Nashville Predators started Thanksgiving day with a few roster moves. Alexander Sulzer who had recently been sent to Milwaukee as well as Dave Scatchard who had been with the Predators for nine games earlier in the season were brought back to the Preds as they prepare for back to back home games this weekend.
It appears Sulzer was returned to Milwaukee to see live game action since he had not played with the Preds for several weeks. Coach Barry Trotz commented last week that Sulzer needed to get into a game.
The return of Andreas Thuresson to Milwaukee was less clear. Thuresson had played well in his role on the fourth line providing energy and grit to the Preds effort. Scatchard has played well at Milwaukee and is their leading scorer for the season. It appears that the Preds hope that he will contribute with his scoring prowess over the three game in four night stretch that starts tomorrow.
Here is the official release fron the Predators...
PREDATORS RECALL SULZER AND SCATCHARD FROM MILWAUKEE
-Reassign Thuresson to the Admirals-
Nashville, Tenn. (November 26, 2009) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has recalled defenseman Alexander Sulzer (al-ehx-AN-duhr SUHLT-suhr) and forward Dave Scatchard (DAYV SKAT-chuhrd) from Milwaukee (AHL), in addition to reassigning forward forward Andreas Thuresson (an-DRAY-uhs THUHR-eh-suhn) to the Admirals.
Scatchard, 33 (2/20/76), played nine games with Nashville during his first recall to the club in 2009-10, posting a pair of assists while leading the team in face-off winning percentage (58%). He played in his first NHL game since Jan. 27, 2007 on Oct. 21 at Boston, and posted his first NHL point since Jan. 7, 2007 at Ottawa the next night. In seven games since returning to Milwaukee on Nov. 12, he has four goals and an assist, and leads the Admirals with seven goals in 11 games this season.
Sulzer, 25 (5/30/84), has played in five games with the Predators this season, posting his first career point/assist on Oct. 22 at Ottawa, while averaging 12:46 of ice time and notching a plus-two rating. He played two games during his most recent stint with Milwaukee, and has seven points (1g-6a) in seven games for the club this season.
Thuresson, 21 (11/18/87), has notched two assists in 10 games for the Predators this season, making his NHL debut on Oct. 31 against Dallas.
The Predators take a seven-game winning streak and a seven-game home winning streak tomorrow night’s contest against the St. Louis Blues (7 p.m.), where the team will debut its new third jersey. It is the first of three home games in a four-day span for the club, as they host Florida on Saturday – wearing the third jersey again – and Calgary on Monday. Tickets to these games, and all other regular season contests are now on sale and can be purchased by logging onto nashvillepredators.com. Tickets are also available by calling (615) 770-PUCK and at all Ticketmaster locations.
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass