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Post-Game Analysis: Preds at Atlanta Thrashers (Preseason Game)

Wednesday, 09.29.2010 / 8:47 PM CT / Training Camp Central
By Jay Levin  - Nashville Predators
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Post-Game Analysis: Preds at Atlanta Thrashers (Preseason Game)
Heading into the start of training camp the Preds coaches and hockey ops staff stated the first three preseason games would be more about giving players a look, while the last three games would be more about getting the team rolling for the regular season. So far the Preds are two-for-two picking up wins over the final three games heading into the preseason finale on Sunday at Washington.

Forward Combinations Tonight
Lombardi centering Erat, Wilson
Legwand centering Dumont, Ward
O'Reilly centering Hornqvist, Sullivan
Goc centering Andersson, Kostitsyn


Defensive Pairings Tonight
Suter - Weber
Johnson - Klein
Franson - Sulzer
The Preds power-play converted for a pair of goals. Nashville has now scored three power-play goals in its last four periods of action. Special teams was a big area of emphasis this summer and will continue to be a focal point for Barry Trotz and his staff during camp; good to get some positive results out of that attention.

Individually there were some interesting developments from tonight’s game.

The line of Matthew Lombardi centering Martin Erat and Colin Wilson is really starting to click. They were solid in Monday night’s game and followed that up with another good showing tonight. Erat scored a pair of goals tonight, Wilson picked up an assist on the game’s opening goal, and Lombardi was on the ice for Nashville’s first three goals scored. At this point in the preseason development they are probably Nashville’s top offensive line.

Aaron Johnson is having a strong preseason. He was pretty good in tonight’s game, the continuation of strong play throughout his preseason – he was solid on Saturday night against Washington and impressive in Friday night’s game at Carolina. Not only is he making a strong claim for an Opening Night roster spot, but he may well be playing his way into the top-six rotation along the blueline.

Anders Lindback went the distance in net tonight for the Preds. Since Pekka Rinne is likely to go the distance in Sunday’s preseason finale at Washington, the coaches have all the views they’ll get this preseason to make the call on the No. 2 goalie battle. Lindback was pretty good in the first and untested through most of the third, but looked a little shaky during parts of the second period. Still, he got the last chance of the preseason, so not sure if that’s an indicator or where the coaches are leaning?
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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 58 36 18 4 160 134 76
2 DAL 55 35 15 5 178 147 75
3 STL 56 30 17 9 133 130 69
4 LAK 53 32 18 3 146 124 67
5 SJS 53 28 20 5 154 143 61
6 ANA 53 26 19 8 120 125 60
7 COL 57 28 25 4 153 158 60
8 NSH 54 25 21 8 139 144 58
9 MIN 54 23 21 10 133 134 56
10 VAN 54 22 20 12 125 144 56
11 ARI 53 24 23 6 139 163 54
12 CGY 53 25 25 3 143 156 53
13 WPG 54 24 27 3 139 157 51
14 EDM 56 22 29 5 138 168 49

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Josi 54 11 27 -3 38
F. Forsberg 54 17 18 -7 35
S. Weber 54 14 21 -5 35
M. Ribeiro 54 6 27 2 33
J. Neal 54 19 13 18 32
M. Ekholm 54 6 18 3 24
R. Ellis 53 6 16 2 22
C. Smith 54 11 7 -2 18
C. Jarnkrok 53 9 8 0 17
C. Wilson 37 4 12 -1 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 20 18 7 .903 2.54
C. Hutton 5 2 1 .916 2.36