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Preseason Game Kicks off Second Week of Training Camp

Saturday, 09.19.2009 / 12:23 PM CT / Training Camp Central
By Jena Smith  - NashvillePredators.com
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Preseason Game Kicks off Second Week of Training Camp
The Predators open the second week of training camp today with a split practice session. The group slated to play in tonight's preseason game against Columbus took a morning skate practice at Sommet Center. The remainder of the team had a practice session at Centennial Sportsplex, focused heavily on drills.

After a 4-2 road win last night against the Carolina Hurricanes, the Predators are looking for the home crowds support as they are back at the Sommet Center facing Central Division rivals Columbus Blue Jackets. After a morning skate at the Sommet Center, the starting team of veterans and rookies alike are excited to continue the great preseason play in front of their fans.

Nashville forward Joel Ward, expected to make his preseason debut tonight, looks forward to the home crowd advantage tonight.

“Especially after watching the last home game, it was a great crowd and great turn out for our first home exhibition game,” Ward said. “Hopefully tonight again we will get a good crowd and be able to feed off of that again. I’m defiantly looking forward to it.”

Rookie Jonathon Blum is also energized to be a part of the action at home. “Any time you can be part of the 20 guys who are playing on home ice it’s a great feeling. I just want to go out there and have a solid game and hopefully get the win.”

Blum admits that he is a little tired after playing in last night’s game, however more importantly the nerves are gone. Blum commented it was nice to get the first one out of the way after playing in his first preseason game last night against Carolina. He also added that his confidence is up and now he can enjoy it a little more and have some more fun.

Goaltenders Dan Ellis and Pekka Rinne both participated in the morning skate and appear likely to split time in tonight's game. Rinne, who made 10 saves on 11 shots in last night’s game, is looking to this back-to-back opportunity to help him get ready for the regular season.

“It’s good to get right back into the game; I think it’s fun to play back-to-back games. It’s a good way to get the energy going and get back to the game motion and form.”


SMASHVILLE CENTRAL

SCHEDULE
 

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS
 

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

STATS

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