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Predators call up Forsberg to face Blackhawks

by Brian Hedger

CHICAGO -- Nashville doesn't have a lot of Swedish cuisine options, but the Music City is getting a proliferation of Swedish hockey players.

The Nashville Predators now have four on their roster after recalling 19-year-old forward Filip Forsberg from Milwaukee of the American Hockey League on Sunday.

Swedish rookie forward Calle Jarnkrok made his NHL debut for Nashville on Friday at the Calgary Flames, picking up his first career assist in the 6-5 win, and the Predators already had forward Viktor Stalberg and defenseman Mattias Ekholm.

Forsberg was called up to help with a shortage of forwards going into the game Sunday against the Chicago Blackhawks, who've won two straight games and hope to chase down the St. Louis Blues for the top spot in the Central Division.

The last time the Predators were in Chicago, on March 14, they gritted out a 3-2 win that didn't sit well with the Blackhawks.

"They're gearing up for the final run here," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "They've got a real veteran core that's gone deep and won [the Stanley Cup twice]. They're ramping their game up. I expect them to come out with a lot of bite tonight."

Nashville won't have center Paul Gaustad (upper body) or forward Patrick Eaves (lower body) because of injuries and will be without forward Patric Hornqvist because of the birth of his first child, a daughter, back in Nashville.

Predators coach Barry Trotz said defenseman Michael Del Zotto will be a healthy scratch for the second time in the past three games, after getting an assist in just 3:13 of ice time in a 6-5 victory Friday at the Calgary Flames.

Chicago didn't have a morning skate, so it's unclear whether injured forwards Brandon Saad (upper body) and Bryan Bickell (upper body) will play. Each are day-to-day. There is also uncertainty about whether 19-year old forward prospect Teuvo Teravainen will make his NHL debut. Teravainen, who arrived in Chicago from Finland late last week, didn't play in a 3-2 win against the Carolina Hurricanes while getting settled in his new surroundings.

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville will meet with reporters two hours before puck drop and some of the questions could be answered.

Here is how the Predators and Blackhawks could line up Sunday:


Nick Spaling - Mike Fisher - Matt Cullen

Gabriel Bourque - Calle Jarnkrok - Craig Smith

Eric Nystrom - Colin Wilson - Viktor Stalberg

Rich Clune - Colton Sissons - Filip Forsberg

Roman Josi - Shea Weber

Seth Jones - Victor Bartley

Mattias Ekholm - Ryan Ellis

Pekka Rinne

Carter Hutton

Scratched: Michael Del Zotto, Patric Hornqvist

Injured: Center Paul Gaustad (upper body), Patrick Eaves (upper body)


Kris Versteeg - Jonathan Toews - Marian Hossa

Patrick Sharp - Michal Handzus - Andrew Shaw

Peter Regin - Ben Smith - Jeremy Morin

Brandon Bollig - Marcus Kruger - Sheldon Brookbank

Duncan Keith - Brent Seabrook

Johnny Oduya - Niklas Hjalmarsson

Nick Leddy - David Rundblad

Corey Crawford

Antti Raanta

Scratched: Teuvo Teravainen

Injured: Brandon Saad (upper body), Bryan Bickell (upper body), Michal Rozsival (lower body)

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