Miikka Salomaki

Predators activate Cullen, Beck from IR

The Nashville Predators have activated forwards Matt Cullen and Taylor Beck off injured reserve, and reassigned Miikka Salomaki to Milwaukee in the American Hockey League, the club announced Friday.

Cullen hasn’t played since Dec. 27 due to an upper-body injury and Beck has been out since Dec. 30 due to illness, according to The Tennessean. Their activation comes a day after James Neal and Eric Nystrom were put on injured reserve.

In 28 games with the Predators this season, Beck has four goals and eight points. The 38-year-old Cullen has four goals and nine points in 25 games.

Meanwhile, the Predators are one of the hottest teams in the National Hockey League, vaulting themselves into top spot in the league standings after an overtime win on Thursday and a record of 7-1-2 in their last 10 games.

Weber, Preds top Stars in overtime

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Shea Weber had the overtime winner as the Nashville Predators edged the Dallas Stars 3-2 Thursday night.

With the win, Nashville leapfrogs Anaheim for top spot in the NHL standings. The Predators also have two games in hand on the Ducks.

Weber’s ninth of the season at 15:27 of the first period opened the scoring.

Miikka Salomaki, who was recalled on Thursday, scored his first NHL goal at 16:47 of the second period to give the Preds a 2-1 lead.

Jason Spezza and Trevor Daley had the Stars’ goals. Kari Lehtonen made 21 saves to drop to 17-8-7 on the season.

Pekka Rinne stopped 17 shots improving to 27-6-2 on the season.