Nashville, Tenn. (January 3, 2015) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has recalled forwards Miikka Salomaki (MEE-kah SA-loh-MA-kee) and Viktor Stalberg from Milwaukee (AHL) and placed forward Taylor Beck on Injured Reserve.
Salomaki, 21 (3/9/93), has 16 points (5g-11a) and 26 penalty minutes in 29 games for the Admirals this season, in addition to ranking among the AHL’s Top 10 forwards in plus/minus rating (+13). In his first North American professional season in 2013-14, the 5-11, 211-pound Raahe, Finland, native led Milwaukee in points (20g-30a-50pts) while tying for fifth among AHL rookies in points, and for seventh among first-year AHLers in assists. Nashville’s second choice, 52nd overall (second round), in the 2011 Entry Draft, has yet to appear in an NHL contest.
Stalberg, 28 (1/17/86), returns to Nashville where he has appeared in five NHL contests in 2014-15. In six games with Milwaukee, he has amassed six points (2g-4a), including a three-point effort (1g-2a) last time out on Tuesday vs. Lake Erie. In 318 career NHL games with Toronto, Chicago and Nashville, the 6-3, 210-pound native of Stockholm, Sweden, has 122 points (60g-62a).
The Nashville Predators will take on the L.A Kings this afternoon at 3 p.m. CT (FOX SportSouth, 102.5 The Game), the first contest of back-to-back games in California. The second match-up of the two-game trip will see Nashville visit the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday night (7 p.m. CT, FOX Sports Tennessee, 102.5 The Game). The Preds return to Bridgestone Arena to face the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday, Jan. 6, the last matchup between Head Coach Peter Laviolette and his former team this season. Fans can take advantage of the NISSAN "Two for Tuesday" deal for Tuesday's game against the Hurricanes. By entering promotional code "two" on ticketmaster.com, fans will receive two lower-bowl tickets, two hot dogs, two Pepsis and a Preds car flag for $99. A limited number of tickets still remain; call 615-770-7800 for more information.