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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 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
F. Forsberg 82 33 31 1 64
R. Josi 81 14 47 -3 61
J. Neal 82 31 27 27 58
S. Weber 78 20 31 -7 51
M. Ribeiro 81 7 43 11 50
C. Smith 82 21 16 4 37
M. Ekholm 82 8 27 14 35
R. Johansen 42 8 26 10 34
R. Ellis 79 10 22 13 32
C. Jarnkrok 81 16 14 1 30
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 34 21 10 .908 2.48
C. Hutton 7 5 4 .918 2.33