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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
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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 - 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

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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