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Morning Skate Report: Nov. 30

Monday, 11.30.2009 / 12:08 PM CT / Preview
By Jena Smith  - NashvillePredators.com
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The Nashville Predators will be looking to experience and leadership as they face the Calgary Flames tonight at home, the first of four series meetings between the teams in 2009-10.

Looking at his team and the current success they have had, head coach Barry Trotz feels it can be accredited to a different kind of team than in pervious years; leadership and experience he feels are keys to this transformation.

“I think this team is a little different than last year, I think we are a little deeper. A year of experience for some of our young forwards in our organization, they are just a little better.”

Trotz continued, “But to me what has happened is a little bit of a transformation, the next group of leadership -- the Arnotts, the Sullivans, the Dumonts -- have been leaders for us for a while -- and what’s happened is the Suters, the Webers, the Hamhuis, the Pekka Rinnes they have joined them and become the next ones in the leadership group.”

With the gained experience and time with the team Trotz continued to speak about this new leadership group, “I think they have a bigger ownership than that, they are sort of taking over the team so there is a little deeper leadership group than maybe in the year before.”

Trotz also took time during morning skate to give due respect to the Calgary team; heading into play tonight the Flames are currently 16-6-3 and sit third in the Western Conference.

“To me they really have three difference makers. One is (Jarome) Iginla up front, (Miikka) Kiprusoff in the net, and (Jay) Bouwmeester on the back end. They have a difference maker in every position this year,” Trotz expressed. Trotz credits Calgary for playing a strong low game with a strong forechecking system and the ability to crash the net hard.

Defenseman Kevin Klein agrees with the coaches comments stating that the team knows this will be a good match up. “We know they are a good team coming in, they have a lot of speed, they play a physical game. I think we will just have to really fore check hard, really execute on our plays, we really need to bring energy.”

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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