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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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  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
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 41 17 6 .923 2.18
C. Hutton 6 7 4 .902 2.61