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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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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

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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Wilson 10 3 5 6 8
S. Weber 10 3 4 -4 7
R. Johansen 10 3 4 1 7
R. Josi 10 0 7 -3 7
M. Ekholm 10 3 2 3 5
J. Neal 10 3 1 -2 4
M. Fisher 10 2 2 -2 4
F. Forsberg 10 2 2 -7 4
R. Ellis 10 0 3 1 3
C. Smith 7 1 1 2 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 5 5 0 .920 2.33
C. Hutton 0 0 0 .000 0.00