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Thoughts From Practice: Feb. 15

Tuesday, 02.15.2011 / 11:27 AM CT / Features
By Jay Levin  - Nashville Predators
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Thoughts From Practice: Feb. 15
A couple of quick notes from today's Preds morning skate practice:

- Coach Trotz confirmed that Marcel Goc will be back in the lineup tonight. He will likely open the game centering Joel Ward and Colin Wilson. Mike Fisher will likely open the game centering Martin Erat and Sergei Kostitsyn. But coach indicated he might shuffle centers around a couple of lines depending on match-ups, situations, and level of play.


- Speaking of Goc, Coach Trotz was very complimentary of Marcel's versatility, noting he can play up and down the line-up. Coach said he plays with the detail and energy that works well on a defensive match-up line, but has also showed good skill when asked to play in more offensive oriented roles. Coach also stated that Goc can be used on the wing, noting that he hasn't been able to utelize Goc on the wing yet because of injuries down the middle --- but potentially hinting that Marcel could be slid to the wing if other centers get healthy (perhaps an eye toward future line permutations when Lombardi and O'Reilly return?).


- Marek Svatos participated in the full practice again today. It would be surprising to see Svatos in the lineup today, but based on the progress he's shown in practice the past few days it's not out of the question. More likely he could be inserted into the lineup later this week.


- As for the lineup with injured players returning to health, Coach Trotz was excited to have internal competition for ice time. It now gives the coaches the ability to rotate game lineups based on opponent and on-ice performance.


- Cody Franson was the last defenseman off the ice today. He spent extra time working on one-timers.


- J-P Dumont, Patric Hornqvist, and Sergei Kostitsyn were among the last forwards off the ice. All three have been regular late-workers after practices this season.

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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

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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