2008 Training Camp Recap

Monday, 10.06.2008 / 11:58 AM / Training Camp Central
By Jay Levin  - Nashville Predators
With the preseason schedule wrapped up, the Predators are turning their attention to the Regular Season opener on Friday night (Oct. 10) at St. Louis. Looking back through Training Camp, several questions were answered through the six game preseason schedule.

1) Patric Hornqvist looks as good as advertised. The rookie led the team with 25 shots on goal during the preseason, tied for third most in the NHL preseason. The line of Jason Arnott-J.P. Dumont-Patric Hornqvist combined for 31 shots on goal in their two games together and generated several quality scoring chances.

2) Martin Erat looks poised to build off his career-high 23 goal, 57 point season last year. Erat, after posting six points in seven games at this spring’s World Championships, tied for the team lead with five points this preseason, playing in just four of the team’s games.

3) The goaltending looks sharp. In the team’s final preseason tune-up, Dan Ellis and Pekka Rinne split the goaltending duties, combining to stop 35-of-36 shots. Ellis finished the preseason with a 2.49 goals against average and .924 save percentage. Rinne, who started slow with three goals against in his preseason debut, rebounded with a .909 save percentage over his final three preseason appearances, including several key saves in Friday night’s come-from-behind win at Atlanta and a one period shutout in his only period of action in the preseason finale on Sunday at Carolina.

4) Ryan Suter and Shea Weber are looking like an elite defensive tandem. The two 23-year old blueliners have been paired together during Training Camp and both tied for the team lead with five points during the preseason, with each making five appearances. Fellow defenseman Dan Hamhuis chipped in three points in four preseason games. All totaled, Nashville defensemen contributed four goals and 17 points in the six preseason games (and that was with projected power-play quarterback Ville Koistinen missing the first three preseason contests).

Other random notes from training camp:
As many as five rookies are in the running for a spot on the Opening Night roster – goaltender Pekka Rinne, defenseman Kevin Klein, and forwards Patric Hornqvist, Ryan Jones, and Antti Pihlstrom … A strong case can be made that Joel Ward raised his value more than any Preds player in Training Camp. He made a strong impression on the Predators coaching staff and at the very least put himself in prime position to either earn an Opening Night roster spot or at the very least be near the top of the list for an in-season call-up … Mike Santorelli might be a close second to Ward, having made a very favorable impression on the Preds coaching staff. His line with Ryan Jones and Andreas Thuresson was dominant in the two rookie games against Atlanta at the start of camp and then he showed well in his lone NHL preseason game, picking up an assist. He appears to have carried that momentum with him to Milwaukee where he scored a key goal in the Admirals AHL preseason finale on Saturday night.

Setting Up This Weekend:
The Preds open the season with a back-to-back set at St. Louis on Friday night and home for Dallas on Saturday … Nashville went 5-2-1 vs. St. Louis last season, winning the final five match-ups of the campaign, and hold a 20-3-1 series advantage since the start of the ’05-06 season … The Preds posted a 3-1 record against the Dallas Stars last season, including a 5-1 win in Nashville on Oct. 6, the team’s second game of the ’07-08 schedule. Dan Ellis played in three of the four games against his former team, going 2-1 with a 1.88 goals against average and .923 save percentage.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
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
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Hutton 20 11 4 .910 2.62
D. Dubnyk 11 18 3 .891 3.43

 
 

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