Pregame Thoughts: Feb. 26

Saturday, 02.26.2011 / 11:45 AM CT / Preview
By Jay Levin  - Nashville Predators
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Pregame Thoughts: Feb. 26
Thoughts from Monday's Practice
Thoughts from Tuesday's Practice
Thoughts from Wednesday's Practice
Thoughts from Thursday's Practice
Thoughts from Friday's Practice
A few updates and notes from today's pregame meetings:

- Coach Trotz indicated that Blake Geoffrion and Matt Halischuk will play on the same line this afternoon, likely with either J-P Dumont or Jordin Tootoo. Dumont and Halischuk had success on a line together during Halischuk's January stint with the Preds, while a Halischuk-Geoffrion-Tootoo line would form a high-energy, strong forechecking unit.


- With Geoffrion at center, look for Colin Wilson to remain on the wing this afternoon. Wilson will likely get the first chance to fill Steve Sullivan's slot on the line with Legwand and Hornqvist.


- Wade Belak cleared waivers this morning and was assigned to Milwaukee.


- Got updates on Anders Lindback from Goaltending Coach Mitch Korn. Coach Korn was very pleased with the way Lindback is playing in Milwaukee and said Lindback is accomplishing what the Preds hoped when they made the goalie swap earlier this week. The last two games he's been outstanding, stopping 32-of-33 shots on Wednesday and 29-of-31 on Friday.


- Coach Korn talked about the importance of game action for Linback's development, especially the differences between the North American style and the European style. Korn noted that with the smaller ice surface in North America, there is more traffic in front of the net, players shoot from all angles, and the game is faster. Korn has been working with Lindback late after practices to help the transition, but the games with Milwaukee gives Lindback a chance to work on the teaching points in live game situations -- specifically catching the puck, rebound control, and battling through traffic.


- In other news from Milwaukee, defenseman Roman Josi picked up another assist last night. He has 12 points in 11 games during the month of February to move among the top-15 in AHL rookie scoring. Josi has points in 15 of his last 16 games played and now has 17 points in those 16 games after opening the season with 14 points in his first 35 AHL games.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  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
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
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
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 41 17 6 .923 2.18
C. Hutton 6 7 4 .902 2.61