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Training Camp Update: Oct. 4

Saturday, 10.4.2008 / 1:08 PM CT / Training Camp Central
By Jay Levin  - Nashville Predators
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October 5 at Carolina

After back-to-back game days and with another game tomorrow afternoon, the team took an informal practice session today. The session had a similar feel to an in-season morning skate. Around a dozen players opted to skate, working primarily on shooting drills.

The roster for tomorrow is still being decided, but the coaches did leak some plans.
  • Jason Arnott and J.P. Dumont are expected to be in the lineup tomorrow. Patric Hornqvist will likely open the game on their other wing, but much like last night's game, the coaches may shuffle lines around to test out different combination.
  • Radek Bonk and Nick Tarnasky will not play tomorrow night as they both rest some bumps and bruises. With today's roster moves, that leaves 14 forwards for the coaches to choose from for tomorrow afternoon's lineup.

Quote book
Coach Trotz
On last night’s game…
“The first 10 minutes of the game we were fine. We came out with a bunch of jump. Once we got the second goal we just sort of shut it down and stopped working and competing at the level that we were. Momentum started to go toward Atlanta and they scored four unanswered goal, so I wasn’t really happy with that. And then I thought we got a little better in the second and in the third we cranked it right up and were really good."

On Pekka Rinne’s performance last night…
“Pekka looked really good. We didn’t give him a lot of support, but he looked really good; big body, he sealed the net down. He was really, really good. You look and you see he got four goals against, but he saved a few chances that should have been goals.”

On Ville Koistinen…
“He was fine. I thought a lot of things that he’s able to do, managing the puck and all that, he did a pretty good job. Defensively you could tell there were times he looked a little tired on the back-to-back, but he was fine.”

On Jordin Tootoo
“I thought Toots was really good last night. I talked to him about making sure he had balance in his game, in terms of keeping the foundation of being a hard player to play against and still add the skill elements. I talked about him being a Gary Roberts type of player, someone who can separate people and stick up for himself and his teammates, a hard guy to play against; can contribute on both sides of the puck, put up some offensive numbers. We’re trying to give him examples of players around the league that he can watch and that was one of the guys we talked about. Last night was a good example, Toots had a goal, two assists, a fight. He jumped in for a teammate who got hit and he didn’t take on anybody small, a guy who’s what 6’7 and about 245.”

Goaltender Pekka Rinne
On the pace of camp the past few days…
“We have fewer guys, so it’s more intense. The pace is getting there. Everybody is preparing for Opening Night, so every single day guys are a little sharper, getting closer to NHL speed.”

On having a goaltending coach around the team full time...
“It’s a little bit different, but obviously it’s a good thing. I get to work with him (Mitch Korn) all the time, pretty much every day, so that’s a good thing for me. It’s just going to make me that much better to get a chance to work with him every day.”

On his relationship with fellow goaltender Dan Ellis...
“He’s such a great guy and we get along really well. It’s just simple things -- on the ice we talk about on-ice stuff, some drills we’re doing, some saves we’ve made, some goals we let in; stuff like that. And then off the ice stuff as well. He’s a great guy and I’m happy to be here with him.”

On the NHL playing games in Europe…
“It’s huge. NHL is such a big thing in Europe, especially in Finland, where hockey is the No. 1 sport. People just follow hockey all year long, so it’s a great thing I think, for those fans to see their favorite players and see NHL players, it’s really something unbelievable.”





1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70


F. Forsberg 82 33 31 1 64
R. Josi 81 14 47 -3 61
J. Neal 82 31 27 27 58
S. Weber 78 20 31 -7 51
M. Ribeiro 81 7 43 11 50
C. Smith 82 21 16 4 37
M. Ekholm 82 8 27 14 35
R. Johansen 42 8 26 10 34
R. Ellis 79 10 22 13 32
C. Jarnkrok 81 16 14 1 30
P. Rinne 34 21 10 .908 2.48
C. Hutton 7 5 4 .918 2.33