Predators Recall Four Players, Two Coaches After COVID Outbreak

Ryan Johansen. Photo: Courtesy of the Nashville Predators

The Predators are the newest team to be heavily affected by a Covid-19 outbreak in the clubhouse after 12 members of the club have tested positive.

Six players, including Mikael Granlund, Ryan JohansenMatt Luff, Michael McCarron, Philip Tomasino, and defenseman Ben Harpur, have all tested positive for Covid-19 and are currently in quarantine. Other members of the team that have tested positive include Head Coach John Hynes, Assistant Coaches Dan Lambert, Todd Richards and Dan Hinote, and Goaltending Coach Ben Vanderklok.

In response, the Preds have recalled four players and two coaches from the Milwaukee Admirals, its AHL affiliate–Cody Glass, Rocco Grimaldi, Mathieu Olivier and Cole Smith. Admirals Head Coach Karl Taylor and Assistant Coach Scott Ford will serve behind the bench for the Predators in tonight’s game (Dec. 16) against the Colorado Avalanche.

The 22-year-old Glass leads Milwaukee in assists with 15 and is second in points with 19 from 21 total AHL contests this season.

Grimaldi started off this season with the Predators and skated in five games with his most recent appearance coming on Nov. 7 at Chicago. Grimaldi has posted 67 points (30 goals, 37 assists) in 201 career NHL games.

Nashville takes on Central Division rival the Colorado Avalanche tonight (Dec. 16) at 7 p.m. at Bridgestone Arena.

Steven Boero