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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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 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
F. Forsberg 82 33 31 1 64
R. Josi 81 14 47 -3 61
J. Neal 82 31 27 27 58
M. Ribeiro 81 7 43 11 50
C. Smith 82 21 16 4 37
M. Ekholm 82 8 27 14 35
R. Johansen 42 8 26 10 34
R. Ellis 79 10 22 13 32
C. Jarnkrok 81 16 14 1 30
C. Wilson 64 6 18 -1 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 34 21 10 .908 2.48
C. Hutton 7 5 4 .918 2.33