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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 CHI 55 35 16 4 153 127 74
2 DAL 52 33 14 5 169 137 71
3 STL 54 29 17 8 128 128 66
4 LAK 51 31 17 3 135 117 65
5 SJS 50 27 19 4 145 132 58
6 COL 54 27 23 4 146 148 58
7 ANA 50 25 18 7 111 115 57
8 NSH 52 24 20 8 130 137 56
9 MIN 51 23 19 9 126 122 55
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 51 20 19 12 119 138 52
12 CGY 50 22 25 3 130 147 47
13 WPG 51 22 26 3 132 148 47
14 EDM 53 21 27 5 131 156 47

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Josi 52 10 27 -4 37
S. Weber 52 13 20 -6 33
J. Neal 52 18 13 16 31
M. Ribeiro 52 6 25 1 31
F. Forsberg 52 14 16 -9 30
M. Ekholm 52 6 16 1 22
R. Ellis 51 6 15 0 21
C. Smith 52 11 6 -1 17
C. Wilson 36 4 12 0 16
C. Jarnkrok 51 8 7 -3 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 19 17 7 .903 2.51
C. Hutton 5 2 1 .916 2.36