Predators reassign center, wait for help at wing

Friday, October 30, 2009 at 2:46pm

The Nashville Predators have reassigned center Cal O’Reilly to Milwaukee and planned to recall another forward Saturday in time for that night’s game against Dallas (7 p.m., Sommet Center).

O’Reilly played in six games but had no points since being recalled on Oct. 15. In recent games he played on a wing, and he was scratched Wednesday at Minnesota.

“It’s not the right spot for him, he’s much better at center ice,” coach Barry Trotz said. “I need a winger.”

Trotz said team officials would choose between two forwards following Milwaukee’s game Friday against Rockford. He declined to say which two players are under consideration.

Triston Grant opened the season on the NHL roster but was sent down after three games. He has scored one goal in six games with Milwaukee.

Peter Olvecky is tied for second among the Admirals with seven points (two goals, five assists). He leads the team with a plus-4 rating.

Andreas Thuresson has two goals and two assists and is second on the team with 19 shots.

In other news Friday:

• Trotz said Martin Erat (lower body injury) met with doctors in the morning. There was, however, no immediate word on the nature or severity of his injury.

Erat was hurt Wednesday at Minnesota and did not play Thursday against Chicago.

• Jason Arnott (upper body) and Jordin Tootoo (hip flexor) both skated with the team Friday morning. Trotz said neither was ready to be in the lineup Saturday but that both possibly could play Thursday at Anaheim.