Lindbäck Recalled by Nashville; Saros Reassigned to Milwaukee

(Photo Credit: Mark Newman)

The Nashville Predators have recalled Anders Lindbäck and reassigned Juuse Saros to the Milwaukee Admirals. This is the second time that the organization has flipped both goaltenders. The Predators host the Vancouver Canucks tonight at the Bridgestone Arena. Meanwhile, the Admirals are set for a Friday-Saturday clash against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Hershey Bears.

Press Release via Nashville Predators:

Nashville, Tenn. (November 30, 2017) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Thursday that the club has recalled goaltender Anders Lindback from the American Hockey League’s Milwaukee Admirals. Additionally, the club has reassigned goaltender Juuse Saros to Milwaukee.

Lindback leads the AHL in wins with 11 and is seventh in save percentage with a .925 mark. He’s posted a 2.32 goals-against average and 11-4-0 record in 15 starts to go with one shutout for the Admirals this season, who sit in second place in the AHL’s Central Division. Lindback began the AHL campaign with five consecutive victories and made 40 saves in his last start with Milwaukee on Nov. 28, leading the Admirals to a 4-2 win over the Iowa Wild.

Originally drafted by the Predators in the seventh round (207th overall) in the 2008 NHL Draft, Lindback returned to Nashville this summer after signing a one-year contract. The Gavle, Sweden, native spent two seasons with the Predators from 2010-12, going 28-16-13 with a 2.53 goals-against average, .914 save percentage and two shutouts in 38 games. The 6-foot-6 goaltender spent last season with Rogle BK of the Swedish Hockey League, where he posted a .916 save percentage in 23 games. Lindback has a 45-58-8 record in 130 career NHL games with Nashville, Tampa Bay, Buffalo, Dallas and Arizona.

Much like the first happenstance with these two switching places: it is not clear if this move is for the weekend or for an extended amount of time. On the first occurrence Saros stepped in for a weekend road trip with the Admirals as they faced, and lost, to the Cleveland Monsters. Saros stopped 45/52 shots in the pair of games with the Admirals. He was backing up the team at one of the rougher stretches of the season for them to date.

Saros has since made a single start for the Predators. He took a shootout loss on the road against the Carolina Hurricanes. That was his first shootout loss in his North American professional playing career as he had previously gone on a run of five wins in five AHL shootout appearances while only allowing a single shootout goal from sixteen attempts.

What are your thoughts on this goalie switch? Should this be made a more permanent move or is this once again a temporary “for the weekend” switch?

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