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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 - 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 14 5 8 8 13
R. Josi 14 1 8 -6 9
R. Johansen 14 4 4 0 8
J. Neal 14 4 4 1 8
M. Fisher 14 5 2 -1 7
M. Ekholm 14 3 4 2 7
S. Weber 14 3 4 -7 7
R. Ellis 14 0 6 0 6
F. Forsberg 14 2 2 -11 4
M. Salomaki 14 1 1 2 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 7 7 0 .906 2.63
C. Hutton 0 0 0 .667 3.00