Thursday, December 11, 2008

NHL Takes No Action on Burrows Hit

Alex Burrows is Airborne as he hits J P Dumont (Photo from Sanford Meyers of the Tennessean)

Nashville Predators Coach Barry Trotz announced that the league had reviewed the video from Tuesdays game against Vancouver and that no action would be taken against Alex Burrows for the gravity defying high armed hit to J P Dumont that set off one of three brawls in the game.

Trotz appeared ready to move on but did comment that the questionable plays would be discussed prior to the Predators next meeting against Vancouver on New Years Day in Nashville. He indicated that the team would be focused on playing a "hard, gritty game, and a win". However he added "but if given the opportunity to lay a big, legal hit on someone, I don't think anyone will back down."

Original Video from PredsOnTheGlass of Tuesday's Three Brawls

Tonight's Game... The Predators return to the ice tonight in Columbus against the rival Blue Jackets. While J P Dumont did not suffer any major injuries from the hit on him Tuesday, Scotty Nichol appears to be out for up to a week and will miss tonights game. Jordan Tootoo is also out and did not make the trip due to a lower body injury sustained Monday against the Blues. It is hopefule that he will return on Saturday against the Stars.

Trotz indicated that the Predators would recall one of four forwards from Milwaukee from a list that includes Ryan Jones, Patric Hornqvist, Jed Ortmeyer and Mike Santorelli. He was waiting until after the Admirals game against Quad City which they won 5-3 to make a decision.

In the Admirals win, Mike Santorelli extended his point streak to ten games and Jed Ortmeyer scored the game winning goal. Ryan Jones also added an empty netter to continue his strong play at the AHL level. Regardless of who Trotz recalls it will be a whole different world taking on the Blue Jackets who are always out for blood against the Preds than playing in the AHL.

Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass

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