Game 5 - Morning Skate

Monday, 05.07.2012 / 2:30 PM
The Preds took an optional morning skate at Jobing.com Arena in Glendale today; the majority of the players went out on the ice today.

Some quick takeaways from today's post-practice media session:
   -- The players stressed the importance of maintaining the defensive focus the team displayed in Games 3 & 4. The Preds players and coaches felt the team generated enough offensive opportunities to win, especially in Game 4, but just didn't bury the opportunities they created. The players expressed a confidence that if they continue to play the same way, but capitalize on some of those chances, they can come away with the win tonight and extend the series further.

  -- Expect a physical start to the game; the players noted the games became more physical in Games 3 & 4 and expect that trend to continue tonight.

  -- The lines from practice on Sunday are likely the lines the Preds will open with tonight (Fisher centering Erat & Wilson, Legwand centering Bourque & Hornqvist, Spaling centering A. Kostitsyn & Radulov, Gaustad centering S. Kostitsyn & Yip). However, Coach Trotz made a point to state that the line combinations will be fluid and will be based on how guys are going. Trotz noted that Wilson skated strong the last two games and earned added opportunities. He also mentioned that Sergei Kostitsyn had been struggling a little with his production, but still brings solid offensive and defensive skills and may well be slid around to different lines if the coaches need a spark in a different area.

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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
 
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