Vernon Fiddler to make second Predators debut

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Predators forward Vernon Fiddler played 305 games for Nashville between 2002-09.(Photo: File / The Tennessean)Buy Photo

Predators forward Vernon Fiddler, who , is expected to play Tuesday against the Canucks, his first game with the franchise since April 10, 2009.

“It‘s a whole new dressing room,” Fiddler said. “The management‘s the same, and obviously (a) new coaching staff. It was such a great feeling coming off that plane, walking back into that airport. It brought back so many good memories. I‘m just really looking forward to the opportunity.”

Fiddler, a veteran of 857 NHL games, spent the first six seasons of his career (2002-09) with the Predators. Saturday‘s trade, in which Nashville gave New Jersey a fourth-round pick in June‘s draft, was the first of Fiddler‘s career.

He should center the Predators‘ fourth line Tuesday, flanked by forwards Cody McLeod and Austin Watson.

“One of the (best memories) that sticks out the most is playing in the playoffs in front of these fans,” Fiddler said. “It was amazing, and still to this day the loudest building I‘ve ever played in in the playoffs. I‘m really looking forward to getting that opportunity again. We‘ve got lots of work to do here, but I‘m willing to put the work boots on and help out.”

Ellis recognized: Predators coach Peter Laviolette announced Tuesday morning that defenseman Ryan Ellis had been added to the team‘s leadership group, joining captain Mike Fisher and alternate captains Roman Josi and James Neal.

“Just through the course of the year as we‘ve been working through our group, Ryan‘s been steady in the locker room and on the ice with the way he‘s handled himself and really emerged as a leader on our team,” Laviolette said. “We‘ll now add him to what we already think is a strong group.”

Roster moves: The Predators recalled forward Pontus Aberg from the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League on Tuesday morning. The team also placed forward Harry Zolnierczyk on injured reserve with an upper-body injury.

The forwards line Tuesday could look like this:

Filip Forsberg — Ryan Johansen — James Neal

Pontus Aberg — Mike Fisher — Craig Smith

Colin Wilson — Calle Jarnkrok — Viktor Arvidsson

Cody McLeod — Vernon Fiddler — Austin Watson

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