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Thoughts From Practice: March 11

Friday, 03.11.2011 / 1:16 PM CT / Features
By Jay Levin  - Nashville Predators
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Thoughts From Practice: March 11
  Thoughts from Thursday's Practice
 
The Week Ahead: March 7
Some news and notes from today's practice:

- Off-ice workouts today; goaltender Anders Lindback and Coach Mitch Korn were the lone on-ice participants.


- Coach Trotz stressed the mental benefits as much as the physical benefits of today's off-ice day: "This whole month is really tough. We have a big game tomorrow night and then four next week. It's really demanding on everybody mentally, so I wanted to give everyone a mental break."


- The various injuries have afforded some players an opportunity to expand their roles with the team. One player Coach Trotz noted was Nick Spaling for taking on much of "the Marcel Goc role" after Goc's injury. "Nick is an intelligent player, not known at this level for his offense, but he can play with a lot of different players. He can play in a pure checking role. He can play in a more complementary role with some more offensively gifted players. He has filled some of that void after Goc went out."


- Coach Trotz noted Jordin Tootoo's play of late, crediting his hit early in the first period on Greg Zanon as a key to last night's game -- setting the tone early -- but also thought Tootoo was outstanding last Thursday in the game at Vancouver.


- Coach Trotz on Ryan Suter's hold-in leading to the Preds first goal last night: "That was huge. That's eye-hand coordination. Those are the little subtle plays that people don't think much of -- knocking the puck down, getting it to the right people, getting it back to the net -- but those plays lead to goals. The great players have those good sticks. Nick Lidstrom has the best stick ever; you never get a puck by him -- in the air or on the ice. As long as he has a stick in his hand he's going to get it. Pronger is like that. And Sutes has that ability. Those are the plays that catch people off guard and end up in the net for you."


- Sticking with defensemen, Coach Trotz was complimentary of the play Shea Weber made to set up Nashville's final goal last night: "He showed really good poise there. Sometimes you try to force things, sometime you try to get too cute, but Shea showed what he's capable of."

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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 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Wilson 14 5 8 8 13
R. Josi 14 1 8 -6 9
R. Johansen 14 4 4 0 8
J. Neal 14 4 4 1 8
M. Fisher 14 5 2 -1 7
M. Ekholm 14 3 4 2 7
S. Weber 14 3 4 -7 7
R. Ellis 14 0 6 0 6
F. Forsberg 14 2 2 -11 4
M. Salomaki 14 1 1 2 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 7 7 0 .906 2.63
C. Hutton 0 0 0 .667 3.00