Originally posted on Inside Smashville  |  Last updated 12/19/11

The Nashville Predators have recalled both defenseman Jon Blum and forward Blake Geoffrion from their American Hockey League affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals just in time for the yearly father/son trip.

Blum was sent down because he was not playing up to the level of expectation he set for himself during the stretch last season when the rookie was called up to fill in for Frankie Bouillon.

Geoffrion was sent down after recovering from an injury sustained earlier this season.

The move likely ties into the fact that the NHL puts a freeze on all roster moves over Christmas week, between December 19-27. Nashville has four games during that stretch.

Here is the official press release from the Nashville Predators:

Nashville, Tenn. (December 19, 2011) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has recalled forward Blake Geoffrion and defenseman Jonathon Blum from Milwaukee (AHL).

Geoffrion, 23 (2/3/88), has two assists in 19 games for the Predators this season. He was assigned to the Admirals after missing six NHL games from Nov. 29-Dec. 10 due to an upper body injury, where he notched an assist in three AHL games.

Blum, 22 (1/30/89), has five points (2g-3a) in 27 games for the Predators in 2011-12. He also spent three games with Milwaukee, scoring a pair of goals.

After Saturday’s 2-1 shootout win over the St. Louis Blues, the Preds look to make to make it six-straight victories when they head to the nation’s capital to take on the Washington Capitals tomorrow night (6 p.m. Fox Sports Tennessee, 102.5 The Game). The Preds return home on Thursday when they face off against the Columbus Blue Jackets for a College Night showdown in Smashville (7 p.m., 102.5 The Game).

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