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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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STANDINGS
 

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 55 35 16 4 153 127 74
2 DAL 52 33 14 5 169 137 71
3 STL 54 29 17 8 128 128 66
4 LAK 51 31 17 3 135 117 65
5 SJS 50 27 19 4 145 132 58
6 COL 54 27 23 4 146 148 58
7 NSH 52 24 20 8 130 137 56
8 ANA 49 24 18 7 106 113 55
9 MIN 51 23 19 9 126 122 55
10 ARI 51 24 21 6 136 156 54
11 VAN 51 20 19 12 119 138 52
12 CGY 49 22 24 3 129 145 47
13 WPG 50 22 25 3 129 143 47
14 EDM 52 21 26 5 130 151 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Josi 52 10 27 -4 37
S. Weber 52 13 20 -6 33
J. Neal 52 18 13 16 31
M. Ribeiro 52 6 25 1 31
F. Forsberg 52 14 16 -9 30
M. Ekholm 52 6 16 1 22
R. Ellis 51 6 15 0 21
C. Smith 52 11 6 -1 17
C. Wilson 36 4 12 0 16
C. Jarnkrok 51 8 7 -3 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 19 17 7 .903 2.51
C. Hutton 5 2 1 .916 2.36