Preds D Volchenkov placed on IR

Nashville, TN ( - Nashville Predators defenseman Anton Volchenkov, who was scheduled to return to the lineup on Tuesday, was instead placed on injured reserve.

In a supporting role, the veteran Volchenkov totaled just five assists in 42 games, and had missed Saturday's contest due to a lower-body injury.

The Preds recalled defenseman Anthony Bitetto from their AHL farm club in Milwaukee. Bitetto, a 24-year-old native of Long Island, failed to record a point in four NHL appearances this season.