Hutton Hurt, Mazanec Up, Whitney Up

(Photo Credit: Scott Paulus)
(Photo Credit: Scott Paulus)

The Nashville Predators have just recalled Marek Mazanec from the Milwaukee Admirals under emergency conditions and placed forward Eric Nystrom on Injured Reserve. In addition, the Admirals have recalled goaltender Brandon Whitney from the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL. These moves all come due to the news that Carter Hutton is currently considered “day-to-day” with injury.

Press Release via Nashville Predators:

Nashville, Tenn. (November 9, 2015) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Monday that the club has recalled goaltender Marek Mazanec from Milwaukee (AHL) on emergency conditions and placed forward Eric Nystrom on Injured Reserve.

Mazanec, 24 (7/18/91), has played in five games for the Admirals this season, posting a 2-2-1 record with a 3.09 goals-against average and a .900 save percentage. In his most recent start on Saturday at Rockford, he stopped 33-of-35 shots as Milwaukee won its third straight game, 3-2 in overtime. The Pisek, Czech Republic native has played in 27 career NHL games – all with Nashville – since his first North American professional season in 2013-14, posting an 8-11-4 record, two shutouts, a 2.76 goals-against average and a .902 save percentage. The 6-foot-4, 202-pound netminder played the fifth-most minutes of any rookie NHL netminder (1,369:32) during the 2013-14 campaign and was named the NHL’s Rookie of the Month for November 2013 after going 5-4-1 with two shutouts, a 2.00 goals-against average and a .933 save percentage.

Nashville’s ninth choice, 179th overall (sixth round), in the 2012 Entry Draft, Mazanec is a right-handed catching goaltender; only three right-handed catching goalies have appeared in the NHL this season (Philadelphia’s Steve Mason, Calgary’s Jonas Hiller and Winnipeg’s Michael Hutchinson).

The Nashville Predators play the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. as they continue a five-game home stand (TV: Fox Sports Tennessee; Radio: 102.5 The Game). Tuesday’s game is a Nissan Tuesday where fans can purchase a pair of Upper Bowl tickets for $60, or a pair of Lower Bowl tickets for $120, and receive a free Gold car flag. Tickets to Tuesday’s contest – as well as the other three remaining games of the home stand against Toronto (Thursday), Winnipeg (Saturday) and Anaheim (Nov. 17) – are limited and available by visiting or by calling 615-770-7800.

Mazanec is coming off of what I would consider to be one of his best performances in net as an Admiral. He stopped 35/37 shots on goal and really kept the Admirals heads above water to allow for them to pick up the 3-2 overtime win on the road against the Rockford IceHogs. This season he has made five starts, picked up two wins, has a 3.09 goals against average, and a 0.900 save percentage.

The turnaround move to this sees Whitney join the Admirals from the ECHL. He’s made two starts on the season including this past Saturday when he stopped 25/26 shots on goal in a 2-1 Cyclones win over the Evansville IceMen. He’s mainly sat back while long-time AHL netminder Brad Thiessen has been doing outstanding work for the Cyclones at the start of this season.

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