Preds Playoff Preview: Monday Practice Report

Monday, 04.12.2010 / 5:43 PM CT / Nashville Predators Playoffs Coverage
By Jay Levin  - Nashville Predators
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Preds Playoff Preview: Monday Practice Report
The Preds began preparations for their 2010 Conference Quarterfinals series with an up-tempo practice today.

Based on practice jersey colors the lines for today were:
Colin Wilson - Jason Arnott - Martin Erat
Joel Ward - Marcel Goc - Steve Sullivan
JP Dumont - David Legwand - Jordin Tootoo
Jerred Smithson - Dustin Boyd - Cal O'Reilly - Nick Spaling
Wade Belak practiced as a defenseman today. Ryan Suter (rest) was the only player not to participate in today's practice, a change in plans with a full week before Friday's series opener.

However, very few of the drills were run as a line and lines will shuffle again with Patric Hornqvist back in the mix, so hard to read much into the set-up.

Photo Gallery: April 12 Practice
Notes
Wade Belak dished out the hit of the day, lining up Nick Spaling along the boards during one-on-one contact drills in the second half of today's session. Francis Bouillon's open ice pop on Colin Wilson drew honorable mention.

Injury Report
Joel Ward (sick) practiced for the full session, as did defenseman Denis Grebeshkov (lower body). It was Grebeshkov's first full practice with the team since suffering an injury during the March 7 game vs. Vancouver. Coach Trotz was encouraged by Grebeshkov's progress and stated that the defenseman might be available as early as Friday night's game. As recent as Saturday night, Trotz had ruled Grebeshkov out for the start of the series, but the combination of the later start to the series (Friday versus the rumored Wednesday start) and Grebeshkov's progress today had the coaching staff more optimistic.

Patric Hornqvist (upper body) sat out the start of practice, but joined for the final 20 minutes and then continued for a half hour after practice wrapped up. Hornqvist went through stick handling and shooting drills before concluding with a rigorous skating/cardio workout. Coach Trotz reiterated that Hornqvist would have been fully available had Game 1 been scheduled for Wednesday night, but with the additional two days off opted instead to hold Hornqvist back from a full session today.

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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

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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