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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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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 58 36 18 4 160 134 76
2 DAL 55 35 15 5 178 147 75
3 STL 57 31 17 9 138 133 71
4 LAK 54 33 18 3 151 128 69
5 COL 58 29 25 4 155 160 62
6 SJS 53 28 20 5 154 143 61
7 ANA 53 26 19 8 120 125 60
8 NSH 55 25 21 9 142 148 59
9 ARI 54 25 23 6 143 164 56
10 VAN 54 22 20 12 125 144 56
11 MIN 55 23 22 10 135 138 56
12 CGY 54 25 26 3 144 160 53
13 WPG 54 24 27 3 139 157 51
14 EDM 56 22 29 5 138 168 49

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Josi 55 11 29 -2 40
F. Forsberg 55 18 18 -7 36
S. Weber 55 14 21 -5 35
M. Ribeiro 55 6 28 3 34
J. Neal 55 20 13 18 33
M. Ekholm 55 6 19 3 25
R. Ellis 54 6 16 2 22
C. Smith 55 11 7 -1 18
C. Jarnkrok 54 9 8 0 17
C. Wilson 38 4 12 -1 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 20 18 8 .902 2.57
C. Hutton 5 2 1 .916 2.36