As has been expected, the Nashville Predators recalled Mark Dekanich from Milwaukee to replace the banged up Pekka Rinne who will not make the trip to Chicago for tomorrow's game with Blackhawks. According to reports, Dekanich was on the ice for the Preds practice this morning .
The move insures that rookie Anders Lindback will get his first NHL start against the Stanley Cup Champion Blackhawks on Wednesday. It will be the Pred's first game at the United Center since the fateful game five of last year's playoff which was the most heartbreaking loss in Preds franchise history.
Lindback made his NHL debut on Saturday against the Anaheim Ducks when he was summoned to replace Pekka Rinne for the last 17 minutes of the contest. He stopped all seven shots that he faced.
Dekanich has been stellar in two appearances for the Admirals, giving up two goals in 98 minutes for a .951 save percentage and a 1.22 GAA. He was the last goalie cut in the preseason and was expected to get a call up at some point this year.
It was also revealed that Marty Erat, who has been bothered by a sore back, will not make the trip either per @NHLPredsInsider: Kostitsyn, Lundmark, Rinne and Erat will not make the trip to Chicago. It appears that Wade Belak will get his first start of the year.
Here is the full release from the Predators...
Preds Recall Goaltender Mark Dekanich from AHL
Nashville, Tenn. (October 12, 2010) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has recalled goaltender Mark Dekanich from Milwaukee (AHL).
Dekanich, 24 (5/10/86), was one of the final two players assigned to the Admirals during 2010 Training Camp. Appearing in each of Milwaukee’s first two games of 2010-11 this weekend, the North Vancouver, B.C., native posted a 1-0-0 record with a 1.22 goals-against average and a .951 save percentage. Selected 146th overall (fifth round) in the 2006 Entry Draft, Dekanich went 0-1-0 with a 2.11 goals-against average in two preseason games for Nashville. In 2009-10, he ranked fifth among AHL goaltenders in goals-against average (2.33), tied for fifth in shutouts (4) and tied for eighth in wins (27).
The Predators continue their 2010-11 campaign when they head to Chicago on Wednesday to take on the defending Stanley Cup Champion Blackhawks at 7:30 p.m. CT (102.9 FM The Buzz, Fox Sports Tennessee). They return to Smashville on Thursday (College Night) for a match-up against Central Division rivals the St. Louis Blues (102.9 FM The Buzz) and on Saturday (Family Four Pack Night presented by McDonald’s), the Predators face-off against Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals (102.9 FM The Buzz, SportSouth).
All fans in attendance on Saturday will receive a magnetic schedule courtesy of O’Charley’s. Tickets are still available for both contests and may be purchased at the Bridgestone Arena box office, by calling (615) 770-PUCK (7825) or online via ticketmaster.com or nashvillepredators.com.
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass