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Drills Get Heated on Second Day of Camp

Monday, 09.14.2009 / 5:01 PM CT / Training Camp Central
By Jena Smith  - NashvillePredators.com
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Drills Get Heated on Second Day of Camp
The Predators have wrapped up day two of on ice practice. With the rookies took off to Atlanta for their two-game tournament against the Thrashers rookies, training camp was split into two sessions for the veterans. Both the morning and afternoon session was full of fast action drills preparing the guys for another competitive season.

Many of the players after practice commented on the importance of these drills to help get them back into ready to play shape.

Ryan Suter talked about how the timing is starting to come back for all the guys as the practice sessions are getting more physical.

Dan Ellis, who was in net for the morning session, recognized the difference between working out and playing with friends over the summer and hitting the ice with the team. He went on to say that the heighten intensity will really help out in the next few days of training camp as they prepare for the season and exhibition games that are to be played later this week.

Head Coach Berry Trotz went on to reinforce this by stating, “Right now we want to get some fundamentals as far as structure; we want to get foundation on some of our offensive and defensive principles.”

The afternoon session seemed to have a little more drive and fire on the ice; before the half way mark was met, the gloves were thrown – the first fight of Training Camp as Hugh Jessiman squared off against Nolan Yonkman. After a short go around between the players the focus was put right back into the drills. Nonetheless it was quite obvious that this group was much more physical and aggressive than the morning session.

Trotz felt that the aggression was good to see from the players and said it showed the desire to be on the ice. He went on to add, “They will separate their selves. My job is not to the separate them, they separate their selves. You have to evaluate them you don’t have to validate them. They validate themselves by their play and how they produce”

The rookies will play in their first rookie game of the season tonight at 6pm against the Atlanta Thrashers at Duluth IceForum in Duluth, Georgia. Although the players at camp are not too concerned about this game, defensemen Shea Weber commented that the rookies are an important part of the team and they will look to the coaches for updates on how they do.



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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 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Wilson 10 3 5 6 8
S. Weber 10 3 4 -4 7
R. Johansen 10 3 4 1 7
R. Josi 10 0 7 -3 7
M. Ekholm 10 3 2 3 5
J. Neal 10 3 1 -2 4
M. Fisher 10 2 2 -2 4
F. Forsberg 10 2 2 -7 4
R. Ellis 10 0 3 1 3
C. Smith 7 1 1 2 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 5 5 0 .920 2.33
C. Hutton 0 0 0 .000 0.00