Game 5 - Second Period

Friday, 04.22.2011 / 10:08 PM

Thoughts and views from the second period of play at Honda Center...

 - Rinne has been sharp tonight. He robbed Bobby Ryan from the top of the goal crease with 1:05 left in the period. He's been tracking plays really well; positioned well; quick on the couple of scrambles in front of him.

 - The Preds got a pretty good scoring chance at the buzzer to end the period; came about because of an unforced icing by he Ducks with 12.5 seconds remaining in the frame.

 - The Preds were doing a pretty good job on the PK until Sbisa put the puck to the front of the net; Nashville seemed to have good numbers in the area, but was unable to corral the puck and Jason Blake was able to jab it just under Rinne. On the sequence just prior to the goal Corey Perry tried to push Shea Weber on top of Rinne while Rinne was down to cover the puck; drew a scrum behind the net, but the officials ruled it wasn't warrented to move the faceoff out of the offensive zone.

 - The Smithson-Spaling-Tootoo line continued its strong play early in the second period. Smithson got a moderate chance around two minutes into the period and then Tootoo drew Nashville's first power-play of the night (a high sticking call against George Parros).

 - Nashville's power-play had strong zone time and generated a couple dangerous scoring chances, but was unable to convert.

 - Really good defensive play by Joel Ward on the forecheck to strip Cam Fowler draw another power-play for the Preds; Fowler was forced to hook Ward to prevent a two-on-one from below the faceoff circles. The Legwand-Ward line (both with and without Erat) have drawn the majority of Nashville's PP opps this series.

 - Don't let the scoresheet fool you; statistically they've awarded a good number of hits, but there haven't been many high-impact checks yet in this game -- at least not to the extent the first four games of the series have featured. Scrums after the whistle are starting to pick up here in the second, though, so....

 - Noticed a couple of times the coaches have been double-shifting Suter and Weber with different d-partners; they've been playing regular shifts together, but might be a way to either get the big two some additional ice time or perhaps a way to mess with Anaheim's attempts to get away from match-ups?

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
S. Weber 79 23 33 -2 56
P. Hornqvist 76 22 31 1 53
C. Smith 79 24 28 16 52
M. Fisher 75 20 29 -4 49
R. Josi 72 13 27 -2 40
M. Cullen 77 10 29 4 39
C. Wilson 81 11 22 -1 33
N. Spaling 71 13 19 2 32
R. Ellis 80 6 21 9 27
G. Bourque 74 9 17 -5 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Hutton 20 11 4 .910 2.62
D. Dubnyk 11 18 3 .891 3.43

 
 

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