Watching from afar from the desert Southwest, things really seem to have fallen into disarray over the last couple of days in Pred-land and we have had very limited access to internet and 3G phone service to follow the goings on.
For the second and third periods on Saturday, we were up in the deep walls of Zion Canyon with no outside communication. As we emerged, with what little we could gather from Twitter posts, we couldn't sort out the final score or even who won. After hearing the positive tone of a few tweets it was disappointing to hear that it was an OTL.
We were also slow to hear about Arnott's injury and Laakso's poor play which prompted the following announcement by the Predators.
With the Preds headed into Boston on Wednesday, we are hoping for a big night for Colin Wilson in front of all his friends and family. I'd say move him up to the first line center spot and let him roll.
Here's the full text of the press release from the Predators...
PREDATORS RECALL SULZER AND SCATCHARD FROM MILWAUKEE
-Also assign Laakso to the Admirals and place Arnott on injured reserve-
Nashville, Tenn. (October 20, 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). The Predators also assigned defenseman Teemu Laakso to the Admirals, and placed Jason Arnott on injured reserve.
Sulzer, 25 (5/30/84), has six points (1g-5a) in five games for the Admirals in 2009-10, good for fifth (tied) among AHL defensemen. The Kaufbeuren, Germany native appeared in two NHL contests for the Predators a season ago – the first two games of his career – becoming the first German-born player to suit up for Nashville.
Scatchard, 33 (2/20/76), has a team-leading three goals and 17 penalty minutes in four contests for Milwaukee this season, his first regular season action since he played 11 AHL contests with Milwaukee and Hartford in 2007-08. The Hinton, Alta., native has played in 635 career NHL games since the 1997-98 season, amassing 263 points (125g-138a) with Vancouver (1997-2000), the New York Islanders (2000-04), Boston (2005-06) and Phoenix (2005-07).
Laakso, 22 (8/27/87), appeared in each of the Predators first seven games of the 2009-10 season, did not register a point and had two penalty minutes.
The Predators play the second of five straight away from the Sommet Center tomorrow night at TD Garden in Boston (FOX Sports Tennessee, 104.5 The Zone, 6 p.m. CT). The club returns home on Oct. 29 when the Chicago Blackhawks (7 p.m. CT) visit Nashville. Tickets to this game, 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