Second-pair defenseman Kevin Klein suffered an injury in the Predators' 3-0 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday, and so the team was forced to recall Ekholm on Monday morning. Nashville coach Barry Trotz, who would not specify the injury, said Klein was highly questionable to play.
Ekholm was expected to arrive in Nashville later in the day. As the injuries continue to pile up, Ekholm will be the sixth rookie on the Predators' roster and the third Swede to suit up for the team in roughly one week's time.
"He's a great skater," Trotz said of Ekholm. "That'll be the thing that comes out. He can really get up on the play and really be a threat from the back end. Good power play guy, has good offensive instincts, and his defending skills have gotten better over the last little while."
The 6-foot-4, 202-pound Ekholm, 22, has nine goals and 18 assists in 55 games for Milwaukee. He played two games for Nashville last season and was minus-1 in those games.
Trotz said Pekka Rinne would start in goal for the second time in as many days. Rinne has stopped 239 of 254 shots over his last eight games for a .941 save percentage. His record in those games is 1-5-2.