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 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

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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