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Thoughts From Practice: Feb. 17

Thursday, 02.17.2011 / 11:29 AM CT / Features
By Jay Levin  - Nashville Predators
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Thoughts From Practice: Feb. 17
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A couple notes from today's morning skate practice:

- Strong attendance on the ice for an optional game day skate: 12 forwards, four defensemen, and two goaltenders.


- Coach Trotz was coy with game night roster, but hinted that J-P Dumont could be re-inserted into the lineup tonight. He said it was still something he's mulling over, but Coach Trotz usually has a purpose when he drops hints like that.


- Outside of the long-term injuries to Bouillon, Lombardi, and O'Reilly, Coach Trotz indicated that the rest of the team remains in good health.


- Not a surprise, but all indications point to Pekka Rinne back in the net tonight for the Predators and Roberto Luongo in goal for Vancouver. It would set up a match-up between the Western Conference's top-two goaltenders in Save Percentage (Rinne - .930; Luongo - .926).


- Pekka Rinne talked about Alexander Sulzer's ability to step into the lineup recently and the level of play Sulzer's provided...
"It's great to see him having success. I've known him since my days in Milwaukee. Every year he's a better player and you can see his confidence level is getting higher and higher. He's playing solid hockey right now. I'm happy for him and he's proven that he belongs in the NHL."


- I asked Rinne which game was more challenging Tuesday night's 50-shot outing against San Jose or Saturday night's 18-shot game against Colorado...
"The colorado game was pretty tough. Sometimes it's tough to stay on top of things when you don't face too many shots; in the third period I started to see more shots, but before that I barely had any shots. A lot of times those are almost the toughest games to play."


- Former Preds defenseman Dan Hamhuis will not be playing tonight. He's out with concussion symptoms. Tonight would have been Hamhuis's first trip back to Nashville since signing with Vancouver as a free agent this summer.


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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
F. Forsberg 82 26 37 15 63
M. Ribeiro 82 15 47 11 62
R. Josi 81 15 40 15 55
S. Weber 78 15 30 15 45
C. Smith 82 23 21 11 44
C. Wilson 77 20 22 19 42
M. Fisher 59 19 20 4 39
J. Neal 67 23 14 12 37
R. Ellis 58 9 18 8 27
S. Jones 82 8 19 3 27
 
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P. Rinne 41 17 6 .923 2.18
C. Hutton 6 7 4 .902 2.61