As expected, after playing games on Friday and Saturday night in Milwaukee, Anders Lindback returned to the Nashville Predators and Jeremy Smith, who suited up for his first NHL game was sent back to Milwaukee.
Lindback had not played in a game with the Predators since he relived Pekka Rinne on December 23 in Dallas and was understandably rusty in his stint in Milwaukee.
The Preds have back to back games on January 16-17 as well as 23-24 so Lindback may be called into action at some point in the near future and the team wanted him to see action before then.
Conversely, Smith has now undergone a recall so if an injury forces him to Nashville at some point this season it will not be a completely foreign concept.
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- Lindback recalled; Smith reassigned to Milwaukee -
Nashville, Tenn. (January 8, 2012) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has reassigned goaltender Jeremy Smith to Milwaukee (AHL) and recalled goaltender Anders Lindback (AHN-dehrs LIND-bahck) from the Admirals.
Lindback, 23 (5/3/88), started two games during his weekend with the Admirals, going 1-1-0 with a 3.53 goals-against average and a .879 save percentage. The Gavle, Sweden native has gone 2-4-0 with a 2.75 goals-against average and a .893 save percentage in eight appearances for the Predators this season.
Smith, 22 (4/13/89), backed up Pekka Rinne during Saturday’s 5-2 victory over Carolina. The Deaborn, Mich., native ranks among the American Hockey League leaders in wins (16), appearances (25), minutes (1,461) and goals-against average (2.30).
Fresh off a 5-2 win over Carolina on Saturday, the Predators kick off the front-end of a home-and-home set with the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday in Denver (8 p.m., FOX Sports Tennessee, 102.5 The Game). Both teams then come to Smashville for a Thursday night tilt (7 p.m.) at Bridgestone Arena, which has been sold out for a franchise-record eight straight games. Tickets are still available and may be purchased by calling 615-770-PUCK (7825) or by visiting nashvillepredators.com.
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