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.”

SCHEDULE
 

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STANDINGS
 

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
F. Forsberg 82 26 37 15 63
M. Ribeiro 82 15 47 11 62
R. Josi 81 15 40 15 55
S. Weber 78 15 30 15 45
C. Smith 82 23 21 11 44
C. Wilson 77 20 22 19 42
M. Fisher 59 19 20 4 39
J. Neal 67 23 14 12 37
R. Ellis 58 9 18 8 27
S. Jones 82 8 19 3 27
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 41 17 6 .923 2.18
C. Hutton 6 7 4 .902 2.61