It appears Cody Glass’ lower-body injury is a little more severe than initially believed as the team placed the 24-year-old forward on injured reserve on Monday and recalled defenseman Marc Del Gaizo from the Milwaukee Admirals.
The team announced that Glass is expected to miss an additional one to two weeks after suffering what’s believed to be a knee injury in a 4-1 win over the New York Rangers on Oct. 19.
The Predators begin a five-game, 10-day road trip Tuesday in Vancouver and head coach Andrew Brunette didn’t rule out the possibility Glass could play near the end of said trip.
“I think he’s got to go through protocol here to make sure he’s ready to go,” Brunette said after Saturday’s 3-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. “The timetable is probably unknown. You’ve got to push him to see.”
Prior to his injury, Glass was Nashville’s second-line center through its first five games, playing with Gustav Nyquist as Colton Sissons, Cole Smith and Kiefer Sherwood rotated in as the line’s third forward. Glass didn’t score a point, but he registered nine shots on goal while averaging 15:43 of ice time per game.
In his absence, Tommy Novak has filled Glass’ spot in the top six — a role in which he’s thrived, scoring two goals and four points in three games while averaging 15:54 of ice time per outing.
Though he has yet to make his NHL debut, Del Gaizo was among the final cuts ahead of the season opener and he saw significant playing time with the Predators during the preseason.
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Del Gaizo skated in three preseason games, scoring one point and playing 2:28 on the power play and 1:32 on the penalty kill per game.
The 24-year-old defenseman has one point and nine shots on goal through five games for the Admirals, and he’s totaled nine goals and 50 points across 138 AHL games over the last two seasons.
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