With injuries to Kevin Klein and Marty Erat in Tuesday's game against the St. Louis Blues, the Nashville Predators recalled Mike Santorelli and Alexander Sulzer from Milwaukee to fill the void for Thursday's game in Columbus against the Blue Jackets.
According to John Glennon at Inside Predators, Klein may be able to return on Saturday but Erat is being returned to Nashville for further evaluation and may be a more serious injury.
Here is the full release from the Predators...
PREDATORS RECALL FORWARD MIKE SANTORELLI AND DEFENSEMAN ALEXANDER SULZER FROM MILWAUKEE
Nashville, Tenn. (December 30, 2009) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has recalled forward Mike Santorelli and defenseman Alexander Sulzer (al-ehx-AN-duhr SUHLT-suhr) from Milwaukee (AHL).
Santorelli, 23 (12/14/85), has suited up for 21 NHL contests this season, posting three points (2g-1a). The Vancouver, B.C., native scored his first NHL goal on Oct. 28 at Minnesota, and collected his first career assist two games later on Oct. 31 vs. Dallas. He is also 3-for-3 in shootouts for the Predators this season. This is Santorelli’s third stint with the Predators – he also 17 points (9g-8a) in 15 games for the Admirals.
Sulzer, 25 (5/30/84), has notched one assist in 10 games with the Predators in 2009-10. He returns to the club after a two-game assignment to Milwaukee that saw him post three points (1g-2a). In 12 games at the AHL level this season, he has 13 points (2g-11a). Sulzer – the first German ever to suit up for the Predators – was also named to his country’s 2010 Olympic team on Wednesday.
The Predators wrap up a three-game Central Division road trip tomorrow night at 6 p.m. when they take on the Columbus Blue Jackets (FOX Sports Tennessee (HD), WGFX-104.5 The Zone). The team will then return to Nashville to play four straight games to start 2010, hosting Anaheim twice (Jan. 2 & 9), Calgary (Jan. 5) and Carolina (Jan. 7). 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