Preds Playoff Preview: Tuesday Practice Report

Tuesday, 04.13.2010 / 2:26 PM CT / Nashville Predators Playoffs Coverage
By Jay Levin  - Nashville Predators
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Preds Playoff Preview: Tuesday Practice Report
Photo Gallery: April 13 Practice
The Preds continued preparations for their 2010 Conference Quarterfinals series with an up-tempo practice on Tuesday, including a mini-scrimmage during the tail end of the session. Ryan Suter, who took a rest day yesterday, returned to the ice for the full practice. Beyond that, based on practice jersey colors, there weren't any changes to line combinations. For the second consecutive day Wade Belak lined up as a defenseman for practice.

Up front the combinations 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

Defensively the pairing were:
Ryan Suter & Shea Weber; Cody Franson & Dan Hamhuis; Francis Bouillon & Kevin Klein; Wade Belak & Denis Grebeshkov.

Today's drills were more focused on line combinations than yesterday's including the mini-scrimmage and some half-ice offense/defense zone battles. Steve Sullivan scored the first goal just seconds into the scrimmage and looked sharp throughout the practice. Jordin Tootoo also appeared strong. Defensively Denis Grebeshkov skated the full practice for the second consecutive day and may be available to join the lineup early in the series.

New Team, Same Opponent
Preds forward Dustin Boyd is facing Chicago for the second consecutive playoff season. Last season as a member of the Calgary Flames, Boyd scored one goal in five games during the Calgary/Chicago Conference Quarterfinals Series, a 4-2 Chicago series win.

Boyd noted: "They're very similar to where they were last year, but they've added a few players, so we know the challenge they present; they're a really good team with a lot of speed and a lot of skill. For us, we just have to play our game and play a high energy game. The biggest thing I was able to learn from the playoff experience last year was how much momentum changes back-and-forth throughout the course of a series; you can't get too high or too low until the series is finished."

Injury Report
Patric Hornqvist sat out the first half of practice, but joined the team for final few minutes and then continued with a lengthy session on his own after practice wrapped up. All signs continue to point to Hornqvist playing in Game 1 on Friday night.
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STANDINGS
 

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 55 35 16 4 153 127 74
2 DAL 52 33 14 5 169 137 71
3 STL 54 29 17 8 128 128 66
4 LAK 51 31 17 3 135 117 65
5 SJS 50 27 19 4 145 132 58
6 COL 54 27 23 4 146 148 58
7 ANA 50 25 18 7 111 115 57
8 NSH 52 24 20 8 130 137 56
9 MIN 51 23 19 9 126 122 55
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 51 20 19 12 119 138 52
12 CGY 50 22 25 3 130 147 47
13 WPG 51 22 26 3 132 148 47
14 EDM 52 21 26 5 130 151 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Josi 52 10 27 -4 37
S. Weber 52 13 20 -6 33
J. Neal 52 18 13 16 31
M. Ribeiro 52 6 25 1 31
F. Forsberg 52 14 16 -9 30
M. Ekholm 52 6 16 1 22
R. Ellis 51 6 15 0 21
C. Smith 52 11 6 -1 17
C. Wilson 36 4 12 0 16
C. Jarnkrok 51 8 7 -3 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 19 17 7 .903 2.51
C. Hutton 5 2 1 .916 2.36