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.

SMASHVILLE CENTRAL

SCHEDULE
 

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS
 

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Wilson 8 2 4 2 6
S. Weber 8 2 3 -3 5
R. Johansen 8 2 3 1 5
R. Josi 8 0 4 -3 4
M. Ekholm 8 2 1 1 3
J. Neal 8 2 1 -2 3
F. Forsberg 8 1 2 -4 3
M. Fisher 8 2 0 -4 2
C. Smith 5 1 1 3 2
R. Ellis 8 0 2 0 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 4 4 0 .915 2.53
C. Hutton 0 0 0 .000 0.00