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The Captain Talks About Day 3

Tuesday, 09.15.2009 / 2:42 PM CT / Training Camp Central
By Jena Smith  - NashvillePredators.com
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The Captain Talks About Day 3
Day 3 of Camp featured more drills. The pace is definitely starting to pick up and the battles are getting more fierce in the corners; drills got more chippy as both sessions wore down. After practice, several of the players admitted to the Nashville Predators are starting to feel a little sore -- but in a good way.

After a summer that, according to captain Jason Arnott, “came too soon,” this group of veterans knew a long, relaxing summer just wasn’t going to cut it heading into the ‘09-‘10 season.

“Training camp is so short now. I remember when I first started we would have two or three weeks of this, we would scrimmage and skate everyday. We would mostly use that to get into shape but now we have two or three days and we are right in to exhibition” Arnott went on to add. “You need to come in shape; that’s what the summer is for.”

Drills the first two days were geared toward allowing the players to get their timing back; focusing on speed, hands, and increasing skating intensity. Today's sessions, though, started to focus more on situational play.

“We had a really good practice but at the same time it was a little less tempo a little more technique” J.P. Dumont acknowledged. “So you just have to make sure after a day like that you go home and get some rest and are ready for the next day. We work really hard all summer for training camp and now we have to make sure we maintain all the good work we put in.”

"The guys all came in great shape and every one looks fantastic," Dumont said. "We started out working pretty hard and now we are working on getting some of our systems down. We have a lot of new guys and there are a lot of open spots on our team. We want to make sure we establish the way we play and the best way it to practice it."

Spaling Draws Strong Reviews in Rookie Game Opener
The Preds rookies dropped the opener of their two-game series against the Atlanta Thrashers rookies, 6-3 at Duluth Ice Forum Monday night. However the Preds coaches received some positive feedback from the staff in Georgia.

“I want to say that is Atlanta’s rookies sixth or seventh game, so the pace of the game caught our guys a little off guard” coach Trotz relayed from the coaches in Duluth. “Their power play had a little zip to it and so they got three power play goals.”

Reports back to Coach Trotz gave praise to Ncik Spaling, who had both a goal and an assist, Wilson, ending the night with a goal and a +2 plus-minus rating, along with Jonathon Blum and Ryan Ellis on the defensive end.

“The coaches were really happy with them, obvious disappointed in the lost but happy with the play.”

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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 8 2 4 2 6
S. Weber 8 2 3 -3 5
R. Johansen 8 2 3 1 5
R. Josi 8 0 4 -3 4
M. Ekholm 8 2 1 1 3
J. Neal 8 2 1 -2 3
F. Forsberg 8 1 2 -4 3
M. Fisher 8 2 0 -4 2
C. Smith 5 1 1 3 2
R. Ellis 8 0 2 0 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 4 4 0 .915 2.53
C. Hutton 0 0 0 .000 0.00