The Nashville Predators have recalled Juuse Saros and Pontus Åberg from the Milwaukee Admirals ahead of their home game tonight against the Winnipeg Jets. In addition, the Predators have assigned Anders Lindbäck to the Admirals.
Press Release via Nashville Predators:
Nashville, Tenn. (November 20, 2017) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Monday that the club has recalled goaltender Juuse Saros from the American Hockey League’s Milwaukee Admirals and forward Pontus Aberg from his conditioning stint with the Admirals. Additionally, the club has assigned goaltender Anders Lindback to Milwaukee.
Saros appeared in two games for Milwaukee on Thursday and Saturday, stopping 45 of 52 shots as the Admirals fell to the Cleveland Monsters in both games. The Finnish goaltender has made four starts in goal for the Predators this season, going 1-3-0 with a .855 save percentage. Saros earned his first win of the season – a 4-3 overtime decision in Los Angeles – in his last start with the Preds on Nov. 4. He holds a career NHL record of 11-12-3 along with a 2.64 goals-against average and .912 save percentage.
Aberg played in four games with Milwaukee during his conditioning stint and tallied four goals, two assists and 12 shots. He scored in his first three games with the Admirals and found the back of the net twice in Milwaukee’s 3-2 win over the Chicago Wolves on Nov. 12. The Stockholm, Sweden, native posted two assists in nine games with the Predators this season and has one goal and three assists in 24 career NHL games.
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Saros was in net for both road games against the Cleveland Monsters. They were both very rough outings on the part of the Admirals – especially the first game played on Thursday. The Admirals lost both games and Saros ended up having a 3.60 goals against average and 0.865 save percentage whilst seeing numerous odd-man rushes, lengthy amounts of time working in an Admirals penalty kill, and near breakaways unfolding in front of him. He was assigned to log minutes in net. He played 117 minutes in the time back in the AHL. But he was pushed to doing a bit too much behind a scrambling Admirals defense.
Meanwhile, Åberg’s conditioning assignment comes to an end a touch early. He could have suited up for the Admirals games on Wednesday and Friday night to fulfill the duration of his conditioning assignment but returns to the NHL after piling up 6 points (4 goals, 2 assists) in 4 games with the Admirals in the AHL.
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