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On the farm...

Monday, 10.22.2007 / 2:51 PM CT / Features
By Kevin Wilson  - Nashville Predators
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On the farm...
Since dropping their season-opening game at Peoria, 4-2, the Milwaukee Admirals (3-1-1) – Nashville’s primary developmental affiliate in the American Hockey League – have captured seven of eight points, most recently blitzing the Iowa Stars 7-3 and 4-2 this past weekend.

“I thought we played real well in both games this weekend,” Admirals Head Coach Lane Lambert said. “Early in the season, it always takes a little bit of time to come together as a team, but we have taken some good steps in that direction, especially with all the new faces and the light schedule we have.”

Goaltender Pekka Rinne has been one of the most impressive Preds prospects in the early goings, starting every game and posting a 2.61 goals against average and .908 save percentage.

“I thought the first weekend when we didn’t play real well he kept us in those games,” Lambert said. “As our team game has started to improve a bit, he has continued to be steady.”
Antti Pihlstrom has been solid for the Admirals, posting five points in five games.

The Admirals are graced with plenty of newcomers this season, seven of which are playing their first North American season – making the jump from various European professional leagues. On defense, two of the Predators final cuts at September’s training camp have been rocks. Janne Niskala has stood out for his offensive skill, posting four points while honing his defensive game with a plus-4 rating. Alexander Sulzer, who has spent the past four seasons in the German League, has also been steady, bringing good poise and maturity to a young contingent of blue liners.

Up front, energetic Finn Antti Pihlstrom has stolen the show among the new players in the Nashville system, playing an up-tempo, physical game in addition to pitching in some offense. He is tied for the team lead in goals with three and sits second in points with five.

Antti Pihlstrom has been real good the last three games, playing similar to how he played in exhibition games in Nashville with a whole lot of speed, energy and body contact,” Lambert said. “He is scoring goals as well, which is nice to see him get rewarded.”

After beginning the season with five games in a 15-day span, Milwaukee will play four games in six days starting Wednesday when it welcomes the Quad City Flames to the Bradley Center. Lambert said the upcoming schedule will be more than welcomed from his squad, who are itching to hit someone other than their own teammates.

“The games will come as a nice break from practice for us,” he said. “Players want to play, and we’ve accomplished a lot in practice to open the year, but it will be nice just to play. With a group that has a lot of new faces you need the practice to start the season, and now that the preparation side is ok, the players are chomping at the bit to play some games.”
SMASHVILLE CENTRAL

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HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS
 

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
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
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 34 21 10 .908 2.48
C. Hutton 7 5 4 .918 2.33