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Morning Skate Report: Dec. 15

Tuesday, 12.15.2009 / 12:06 PM CT / Preview
By Jena Smith  - NashvillePredators.com
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Morning Skate Report: Dec. 15
After beating division rival Columbus last night, the Preds coaches gave the players the morning off in preparation for tonight’s match-up against Eastern Conference foe Tampa Bay.

Head Coach Barry Trotz simply stated that he felt his men were mature enough to handle a back-to-back and a little rest would do them well. “We are going to do our meetings a little later today, we usually do them after morning skate but with no morning skate we are just going to do out meetings a little earlier (during pre-game) and go from there.”

“We just have to focus on getting it done. I think we just need to concentrate on our game. We will try to fill them in with some film and some little adjustment we need to make,” Coach added about the day’s preparations.

After four key Western Conference match ups in the last week, playing an Eastern Conference team will change the pace for Nashville. However with not knowing much about this Tampa team and preparing for an up-coming Western Conference road trip Trotz is looking for his team to keep focused.

“Well we don’t know much about Tampa Bay, we don’t really play them so we are really going to try to focus on our game. There is not a lot of emotion when you go out of the conference sometime; you don’t know much about them and they don’t know much about us, so sometimes it’s a little more generic then anything else.”

Trotz is looking for his team to avoid letting this become generic and falling into what he calls a trap game.

“Well we talked about this being kind of a trap game, we had a big win I Columbus last night and we are heading on a Western road trip so this is sort of that one game that is in between that and to me it is a little bit of a trap game, so we have to be cautions of that.”

“To me this is the one we have to make sure we get

Up From Milwaukee:
Forward Nick Spaling was recalled from Milwaukee today. This is the first recall for the 21 year old this season.

“If he plays tonight it will be at center ice probably in that fourth hole. But if we are healthy then he may not play at all,” Trotz stated this morning. “He has done a good job he is a pretty solid player on both sides of the ice; very cautious of everything around him. In that role he is probably a better fit than O’Reilly, Santorelli or those kind of guys.”

Coach did voice that there was no guarantee that Spaling would see ice time rather he was brought up just in case. “Right now we have a couple of our center men a little nicked up so it is just a precautionary measure.”

Injury Report:
Jordin Tootoo will be sidelined for the next 3-4 weeks with a broken foot. Tootoo took a shot to the foot from teammate Shea Weber early in Saturday’s game against Detroit.

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  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
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8 ANA 51 25 19 7 113 121 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

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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
 
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P. Rinne 20 17 7 .904 2.50
C. Hutton 5 2 1 .916 2.36