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Preseason Schedule Starts Tonight

Thursday, 09.17.2009 / 2:48 PM CT / Training Camp Central
By Jena Smith  - NashvillePredators.com
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Preseason Schedule Starts Tonight
The Predators were split into two practice groups at Training Camp today; the first group took morning skate at Sommet Center and will play in tonight's preseason opener vs. Atlanta, while the second group -- comprised of the players not participating in tonight's game -- went through drills at Centennial Sportsplex. Many of the players in the second group are likely to play in tomorrow night's preseason game at Carolina.

After spending much of the week running drills, the players are excited to see a different color jersey on the other end of the ice. Defensemen Shea Weber is eager to face an opponent that isn’t wearing a Predators’ jersey. ”It will be nice, it’s just not quite the same playing your team. You don’t want to beat up on your teammates to much, so it will be good to get out their and get that competitive edge back and try to get into season form.”

Dan Ellis, who will be starting in goal for tonight’s game is also ready to add that “competitive edge” back in to the game. He stated that there was competition in yesterday’s intra-squad scrimmage but once you start to play against players from another team it ramps up the competition along with the intensity.

After a few days at camp and two rookie games against the Atlanta Thrahers, seven of the rookies have now joined the main camp. Of these players Ryan Ellis, Nick Spaling, and Colin Wilson will see time on the ice tonight. Spaling and Wilson each had three points in the two rookie games earlier this week against Atlanta.

Wilson, the first round pick for Nashville in the 2008 draft, acknowledged that at this point any nerves heading into tonight’s game would only make him over think things. Having played in both rookie games has given Wilson a confidence boost. The experience also helped to prepare him for tonight’s game.

”Normally I would be very nervous coming into this game but having played there, those two games, and then the scrimmage yesterday, it really helped build up the confidence and let me know I can play,” Wilson admitted.

Wilson knows the coaches are planning on skating him on a skilled line tonight, but also recognizes that he is still battling for the position. “I’m playing with two really skilled guys right now, (Patric) Hornqvist and (Ben) Eaves, and I think they are trying to find where I fit in and if I will fit in on the team so it’s a great test right now.”

The puck will drop at 7 pm at the Sommet Center as the Predators face the Thrashers in the first of six preseason games.

Dan Ellis is confident in the team the Preds are icing in front of him tonight, “Our team looks great tonight. We are putting out a good squad for our first exhibition. We have our top line out there; those guys have been really been clicking during training camp. And we have our top D paring (Ryan Suter and Shea Weber). So I think we are coming out there with a good group.”


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  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
 
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P. Rinne 41 17 6 .923 2.18
C. Hutton 6 7 4 .902 2.61