Following up Jeremy Smith’s surprising non-start Sunday, on Monday Nashville General Manager David Poile confirmed Monday the fact that Smith has been recalled to the Predators. The assignment is under emergency conditions, and is subject to the league’s twenty-three man roster limitations.
Therefore, at the present it looks like the Admirals will be proceeding ahead with backup netminder Atte Engren in net. That might not be such a bad thing as the Rauma, Finland native has given up just five goals in his last four outings, grabbing a pair of wins and shootout losses.
Meanwhile, Smith had redeemed a tough month of January by moving up to second place in the AHL in wins with 29, games played (53) and in minutes, manning the Admirals net for 3,096 minutes this season. The Dearborn, Michigan native stopped 63-of-64 shots in wins against Charlotte and San Antonio and served a one-game suspension during an eventful past week.
No word yet on how long Smith will be retained by the Predators as Nashville prepares to take on Detroit in the first round of the NHL playoffs at home on Wednesday and Friday. After Tuesday’s game with the Rampage, Milwaukee is off until Friday’s matchup at Rockford.