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Preds Morning Skate Report: Oct. 10 vs. Buffalo

Saturday, 10.10.2009 / 12:35 PM CT / Preview
By Jena Smith  - NashvillePredators.com
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Preds Morning Skate Report: Oct. 10 vs. Buffalo
As the Predators prepare for tonight’s match-up against the Buffalo Sabres, Head Coach Barry Trotz said he had to prepare his men to play against a more familiar style of hockey.

“We are similar on so many things. I said it on the ice to our players, we are going to mirror each other in a lot of ways,” Trotz started to explain the similarity between Nashville’s style of play and Buffalo’s. “Everything from the color schemes of the uniforms to the way we play. We have some guys that can get under your skin and they have some guys can get under your skin, they have a lot of good pieces and we are very similar. We both rely on a team concept verses individuals. From that standpoint it should be a heck of a game.”

Trotz feels that even though tonight’s competition will be different from what the Preds have seen in their first two games, due to the similarities it will make for a great match up.

Trotz did mention that both Joel Ward and Pekka Rinne will make their season debut tonight. Ward, after missing the first two games of the season due to a groin strain, is excited but anxious about his return.

“I am looking forward to it. It should be fun, I haven’t been on the ice in awhile so it’s going to be really exciting to be out there and with the guys,” Ward states. “I’m just looking forward to getting in the game. I might be a little nervous at the start however I think things will feel a lot better once the game goes along.”

Coach Trotz is also eager to see Ward hit the ice again for the Preds and intends to play him primarily on a line with Marcel Goc.

“Joel will really help us. He will help us on the penalty kill and with the routine stuff. He’s a guy that can move anywhere in the line up and seems to make that line a little bit better.”

As for Rinne, after watching Dan Ellis shine in the first two games of the season, the second year netminder is preparing for his first action by staying focused on the job at hand.

“I don’t want to think to far ahead, it’s my first game, so I just want to focus on my own job and give my best out there, and hopefully it’s enough” Rinne declared. He went on to say, “I love the fans here. They are such a big support for us and it they make my job easier; they give you a little extra emotion and energy.”

On the injury front, J.P. Dumont, Jordin Tootoo, and Colin Wilson remain sidelined for tonight’s game.

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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

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
F. Forsberg 82 33 31 1 64
R. Josi 81 14 47 -3 61
J. Neal 82 31 27 27 58
S. Weber 78 20 31 -7 51
M. Ribeiro 81 7 43 11 50
C. Smith 82 21 16 4 37
M. Ekholm 82 8 27 14 35
R. Johansen 42 8 26 10 34
R. Ellis 79 10 22 13 32
C. Jarnkrok 81 16 14 1 30
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 34 21 10 .908 2.48
C. Hutton 7 5 4 .918 2.33