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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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Morning Skate Report: Nov. 30
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 CHI 56 36 16 4 158 128 76
2 DAL 53 33 15 5 170 142 71
3 STL 55 30 17 8 132 129 68
4 LAK 51 31 17 3 135 117 65
5 SJS 51 27 20 4 147 138 58
6 NSH 53 25 20 8 136 139 58
7 COL 55 27 24 4 148 152 58
8 ANA 50 25 18 7 111 115 57
9 MIN 52 23 20 9 127 126 55
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 52 20 20 12 120 142 52
12 CGY 51 23 25 3 134 148 49
13 WPG 52 23 26 3 136 150 49
14 EDM 54 21 28 5 132 164 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Josi 53 10 27 -2 37
S. Weber 53 14 21 -4 35
F. Forsberg 53 15 18 -6 33
M. Ribeiro 53 6 27 3 33
J. Neal 53 19 13 18 32
M. Ekholm 53 6 16 3 22
R. Ellis 52 6 15 2 21
C. Smith 53 11 6 -1 17
C. Jarnkrok 52 9 7 0 16
C. Wilson 36 4 12 0 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 20 17 7 .904 2.50
C. Hutton 5 2 1 .916 2.36