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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.”
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STANDINGS
 

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 56 36 16 4 158 128 76
2 DAL 53 33 15 5 170 142 71
3 STL 55 30 17 8 132 129 68
4 LAK 51 31 17 3 135 117 65
5 SJS 51 27 20 4 147 138 58
6 NSH 53 25 20 8 136 139 58
7 COL 55 27 24 4 148 152 58
8 ANA 51 25 19 7 113 121 57
9 MIN 52 23 20 9 127 126 55
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 52 20 20 12 120 142 52
12 CGY 51 23 25 3 134 148 49
13 WPG 52 23 26 3 136 150 49
14 EDM 54 21 28 5 132 164 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Josi 53 10 27 -2 37
S. Weber 53 14 21 -4 35
F. Forsberg 53 15 18 -6 33
M. Ribeiro 53 6 27 3 33
J. Neal 53 19 13 18 32
M. Ekholm 53 6 16 3 22
R. Ellis 52 6 15 2 21
C. Smith 53 11 6 -1 17
C. Jarnkrok 52 9 7 0 16
C. Wilson 36 4 12 0 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 20 17 7 .904 2.50
C. Hutton 5 2 1 .916 2.36