Nashville, Tenn. (October 12, 2010) –
|Dekanich is being recalled as a precaution against Pekka Rinne’s availability for Wednesday night. Rinne’s health appears less of a concern than it initially appeared after he was run early in the third period of Saturday night’s Season Opener. Rinne has worked out off-ice the past two days and doesn’t appear to be showing any long-term effects of the collision. It’s possible he may miss Nashville’s mid-week back-to-back set on Wednesday and Thursday, but it is looking more-and-more like he should be ready to go before Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals roll into town on Saturday. |
Perhaps a little more eye-opening was the news today that Martin Erat will not be making the trip with the Preds to Chicago. Erat has been experiencing some back spasms the past few days. It’s not thought to be anything serious, but the Preds would rather rest Erat here early in the season and make sure it doesn’t become a lingering issue. He could be back in the lineup as early as Thursday’s home game.
--Jay Levin, NashvillePredators.com
Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has recalled goaltender Mark Dekanich from Milwaukee (AHL).
Dekanich, 24 (5/10/86), was one of the final two players assigned to the Admirals during 2010 Training Camp. Appearing in each of Milwaukee’s first two games of 2010-11 this weekend, the North Vancouver, B.C., native posted a 1-0-0 record with a 1.22 goals-against average and a .951 save percentage. Selected 146th overall (fifth round) in the 2006 Entry Draft, Dekanich went 0-1-0 with a 2.11 goals-against average in two preseason games for Nashville. In 2009-10, he ranked fifth among AHL goaltenders in goals-against average (2.33), tied for fifth in shutouts (4) and tied for eighth in wins (27).
The Predators continue their 2010-11 campaign when they head to Chicago on Wednesday to take on the defending Stanley Cup Champion Blackhawks at 7:30 p.m. CT (102.9 FM The Buzz, Fox Sports Tennessee). They return to Smashville on Thursday (College Night) for a match-up against Central Division rivals the St. Louis Blues (102.9 FM The Buzz) and on Saturday (Family Four Pack Night presented by McDonald’s), the Predators face-off against Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals (102.9 FM The Buzz, SportSouth).
All fans in attendance on Saturday will receive a magnetic schedule courtesy of O’Charley’s. Tickets are still available for both contests and may be purchased at the Bridgestone Arena box office, by calling (615) 770-PUCK (7825) or online via ticketmaster.com or nashvillepredators.com.