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Morning Skate Report: Nov. 23

Monday, 11.23.2009 / 12:07 PM CT / Preview
By Jena Smith  - NashvillePredators.com
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Morning Skate Report: Nov. 23
For the fifth time in the past 10 days the Nashville Predators spent their morning at the Sommet Center for morning skate; tonight’s match up will be against division rivals, the Detroit Red Wings. This is the first of six times these teams will go head-to-head this season.

Head Coach Barry Trotz feels his team is prepared to go to battle tonight with the Wings and credits the recent success of the team to finally playing “Predators hockey.”

“I think we are starting to play more to our identity. Every year there is a new group of players and sometimes it takes a little while to get your identity and found out with this group is all about. I think we are playing more ‘Predators style’ hockey. I think we’re skating better, we are on the puck a little more persistently – that type of game which is more our style.”

The result has come in the form of nine wins in the last eleven games, but Coach Trotz does not feel it was an X’s & O’s change, but rather one within the team’s mind set and chemistry. “It wasn’t anything technical; it was more of a mind set. Guys started accepting; rather than playing the way they want to play, they’ve started playing the way they need to play.”

One of the biggest areas of improvement has come in special teams play. The power play has scored at least one goal in nine of the last 13 games, including six power-play goals in the first four games of this current homestand. As for the PK, the Preds have allowed just one opponent power-play goal over the past six games, killing 12 of the 13 opportunities over that span.

Coach Trotz feels that special teams play a major role in the outcome of a game. “The difference can be your special teams. I look at special teams are probably 30% of the game as far as outcome. Special teams are huge for any team if you are getting a goal from your special team every night that is a big advantage. Detroit has done that for years. They are a goal a game team on the power play and that’s such a huge advantage for a team offensively.”

Defenseman Shea Weber also has sees the importance of special teams on the ice and in Predators victories. “It goes to show; every time we have scored on the power play we have got a win. In the NHL special teams is such a huge part of the game and both ends has to be doing their job.”


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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

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