Press Release via Nashville Predators:
Nashville, Tenn. (March 20, 2016) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has recalled forwards Gabriel Bourque and Eric Nystrom from Long-Term Injury loans with Milwaukee (AHL). They each played a pair of games vs. Charlotte on Friday (2-1 shootout loss) and Saturday (6-2 win).
Bourque, 25 (9/23/90), went scoreless in this weekend’s games, and has appeared in four games for the Admirals in two Long-Term Injury Loans over the past four weeks. He has missed the Predators last 50 games after leaving the team’s Nov. 27 game at Philadelphia with an upper-body injury. In 22 NHL games in 2015-16, the Rimouski, Quebec native has four points (1g-3a).
Nystrom, 33 (2/14/83), scored a goal in Saturday’s win, his first action since sustaining a broken foot on Jan. 26 at Vancouver. He has missed Nashville’s last 23 games, and has seven goals/points in 40 games with the Predators this season.
The Nashville Predators commence a four-game home stand Monday night when they face off against the Los Angeles Kings at 7 p.m. (TV: FOX Sports Tennessee; Radio: 102.5 The Game). The game will feature several special promotions and events, with Mike Fisher’s 1,000th game celebration and tribute taking place prior to face off. The team will also be hosting 90’s night, and will be selling hot dogs for just $1 during the evening. A limited number of tickets remain, fans can purchase tickets by visiting NashvillePredators.com, or by calling 615-770-7800.
The two were eligible to play in this afternoon’s game with the Milwaukee Admirals but Nystrom had suggested this weekend that fatigue might dictate not playing throughout the three-in-three. The veteran forward also said that “he was leaving Sunday” so that, combined with a fatigue factor, probably speaks to the early call up.
I feel both Bourque and Nystrom looked great considering both had such long lay offs since their last piece of game action. There was no lag effect for either and Bourque, in particular, played with a hot motor throughout the Admirals two-games against the Charlotte Checkers. He was running over just about everyone on the ice and reminded me a lot of Miikka Salomäki‘s style of play. As for Nystrom, he played a smooth first game and appeared to play with an extra level of confidence last night. In the process he just so happened to get rewarded by going to the net and getting a redirect goal for his first AHL goal since 2/17/08 when he scored twice as a member of the Quad City Flames. Both Predators players were on a line with Cody Bass for those games and Admirals head coach Dean Evason was quick to acknowledge how well that group played after last night’s game.
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