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Thoughts From Practice: March 14

Monday, 03.14.2011 / 2:10 PM CT / Features
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Thoughts From Practice: March 14
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Some news and notes from today's practice:

- Mike Fisher took a "maintenance day" during today's on-ice session. Coach Trotz reiterated that Fisher will play tomorrow night vs. Los Angles.


- Lines from today's practice:
White: Legwand centering Erat and Ward
Yellow: Smithson centering Halischuk and Hornqvist
Gray: Spaling centering Kostitsyn and Wilson
Green: Geoffrion centering Dumont and Tootoo


- It was a spirited practice today, with the coaches pushing the players hard through the session -- stressing that they wanted to see the team practice like they play. Coach Trotz whistled drills to a stop on a handful of occassions to re-focus the intensity of drills.


- Kevin Klein's game has picked up this homestand. Quietly Klein ranks sixth in the NHL in blocked shots. Coach Trotz on Klein: "I think when he's playing really well, you don't notice him. In a lot of ways he does a lot of the same things that Danny Hamhuis did for us -- when you didn't notice him he was really effective and when you did it was probably for the wrong reasons. Klein has a quiet efficient game."


- Coach Trotz was pleased with the way Blake Geoffrion has responded the past two games after he was removed from the lineup for the March 8 game and had considered sliding him to the wing on a higher line late last game. "He played really well. I cut down the rotation to stablize in the third period. I was going to move him to the wall, and then there were a couple of penalties called and all of a sudden I looked up and the game was under six minutes and he hadn't played in a while, so I didn't want to throw him in cold. But I was pleased with the response he showed."


- Tomorrow night's game will mark the first time Jonathon Blum (from Long Beach, CA) will face a SoCal team. He played at San Jose on Nashville's last road trip, "That was a great experience. I had 13 people drive up for the game. It was nice to be able to play in front of them. I actually saw a game probably 10 years ago when I played in a minor tournament out there; I never thought I'd actually get a chance to play an NHL game in that building, so it was a pretty cool experience."

But tomorrow night's game will hold a different appeal, "The game will probably be broadcast back home on the local channels so all my friends and family will be able to watch. And the Kings were one of my favorite organizations when I was growing up. I used to watch them every night they played."

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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

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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Wilson 10 3 5 6 8
S. Weber 10 3 4 -4 7
R. Johansen 10 3 4 1 7
R. Josi 10 0 7 -3 7
M. Ekholm 10 3 2 3 5
J. Neal 10 3 1 -2 4
M. Fisher 10 2 2 -2 4
F. Forsberg 10 2 2 -7 4
R. Ellis 10 0 3 1 3
C. Smith 7 1 1 2 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 5 5 0 .920 2.33
C. Hutton 0 0 0 .000 0.00