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Morning Skate Report: Nov. 28

Saturday, 11.28.2009 / 12:22 PM CT / Preview
By Jena Smith  - NashvillePredators.com
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Morning Skate Report: Nov. 28
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The Nashville Predators hit the ice this morning after their first home loss since October 15 to get back on track and take on the Florida Panthers tonight at home, one of the three Eastern Conference teams the Preds will play twice this season.

Post game last night players and coaches alike stated that they were not happy with the play in the 3-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues. With a 24 hour turn around, head coach Barry Trotz knows he must see a different style of play out of his men tonight if they are going to win.

“More than anything it is about us; let’s play our style of game. Get the mentality that we will play a Predator type of game tonight and not worry as much about the Florida Panthers.”

Coach Trotz did describe the Panthers as a team who will be looking to push the speed and tempo to control the game. “They want to play a wide open run-and-gun game. I don’t think they want to play a very meticulous type of game where you have to grind it out; they want to go with pace, they want to go with speed and they want to go with numbers.”

However again Trotz feels that the Preds do not need to tailor play to this style rather play how they know best. “I think you have to make a really hard game for them. We have to play our game; a little harder, puck possession type of game.”

To do this, coach stated that both the energy and urgency level of his team need to be much higher than what was seen last night.

GOALTENDING
Playing the second game of a back-to-back – and the middle game of a three-in-four nights stretch – the coaches will turn to Dan Ellis in net tonight, his first action since November 10 at San Jose.

Trotz is confident in both of his netminders, but the combination of Pekka Rinne’s hot play (leads NHL goaltenders in wins this month) and the spacing of the schedule (this is Nashville’s only back-to-back set this month) made it tough to work Ellis into the rotation recently. However, Trotz credits Ellis for staying prepared during the past two weeks.

“The thing with Ellis is that he has done a really good job of preparing. He goes in tonight and we’ll see if he can get on a roll for us.”

With any goaltender who hasn’t seen recent playing time, Trotz stated that the most important shot is the first. “Any goal tender will tell you that stopping that first shot is key, if you can do that you start to get a feel for the game.”


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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