Originally written on Inside Smashville  |  Last updated 10/12/11

DENVER - NOVEMBER 08: Zack Stortini #46 of the Edmonton Oilers is restrained by linesman Brad Lazarowich against the Colorado Avalanche during NHL action at the Pepsi Center on November 8, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. The Oilers defeated the Avalanche 5-3. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Nashville, Tenn. (October 12, 2011) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that forward Zack Stortini has cleared waivers and been assigned to Milwaukee (AHL).

Stortini, 26 (9/11/85), made his Predators debut in Saturday night’s 4-2 victory at St. Louis, logging 4:53 and recording seven penalty minutes.

The Nashville Predators kick off their home season this Thursday, Oct. 13 when they take on the Phoenix Coyotes (7 p.m. on SportSouth – Comcast channel 284 HD, 102.5 The Game) at Bridgestone Arena. The fun begins at 4 p.m. when all Nashville Predators players, coaches and broadcasters walk the gold carpet with select season ticketholders. After the carpet walk, a plaza party begins will take place up until game time. All those in attendance at Thursday’s game will receive a free opening night t-shirt courtesy of Nissan.

Limited tickets for Thursday night are still available and can be purchased by visiting nashvillepredators.com, ticketmaster.com or by calling 615-770-PUCK (7825). Looking to win tickets? Be on the lookout for some exciting Smashville activities throughout the week via Preds social media (facebook.com/nashvillepredators and Twitter @PredsNHL).

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