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Spaling, Wilson Provide Offensive Spark

Monday, 09.14.2009 / 9:24 PM CT / Training Camp Central
By Jay Levin  - Nashville Predators
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Spaling, Wilson Provide Offensive Spark
The Predators rookies out-shot the Atlanta Thrashers rookies 34-to-32 and Nick Spaling posted a two point night with a goal and an assist, but it wasn't enough as the Thrashers rookies capitalized on three power-play goals to top the Preds rookies 6-3 in Game 1 of the Rookie Camp Series at Duluth Ice Forum on Monday night.

Spaling, the captain of the Preds Rookie Team, scored early in the second period to pull the Preds within one goal, 2-1. He added a third period assist and finished the game with a team-high four shots on goal to go along with a +2 plus-minus rating.

Colin Wilson, the seventh overall pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, scored a third period goal in his Training Camp debut and finished the game with three shots on goal and a +2 plus-minus rating.

Defenseman Charles-Olivier Roussel, a second round pick this summer, scored the other Nashville goal, while Taylor Beck, a fellow 2009 draftee, picked up a pair of assists on the game. Jonathon Blum, a 2007 first round pick, registered four shots on goal from the blueline and picked up an assist on Nashville's second goal.

Five Thrashers posted multi-point nights led by Jeremy Morin's two goal, one assist effort.

The Thrashers scored a pair of first period goals to take a 2-0 lead into the first intermission. The Thrashers scored four second period goals, three on the power-play, to claim a 6-2 advantage after two periods of play. The Predators controlled the play in the third period, out-shooting the Thrashers 15-5 over the final 20:00 of play, and netted the only goal of the final frame, Wilson's tally at the 16:05 mark.

Jeremy Smith and Chet Pickard split the action. Smith got the start and stopped 15-of-18 shots. Pickard turned aside 11 of the 14 shots he faced, but two of his three goals against were power-play scores, including one with a two-man advantage for Atlanta.

The teams rematch tomorrow at Noon ET (11 am CT), also at the Duluth Ice Forum in Duluth, GA.
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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

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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