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Thoughts From Morning Skate: March 15

Tuesday, 03.15.2011 / 11:38 AM CT / Features
By Jay Levin  - Nashville Predators
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Thoughts From Morning Skate: March 15
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Some news and notes from today's practice:

- Game Day optional skate today, so lighter group on the ice. Blake Geoffrion and J-P Dumont were the last two skaters working on the ice, along with goaltender Anders Lindback.


- Coach Trotz confirmed that Mike Fisher will play tonight; no limitations on ice time, no concerns about health. Yesterday was just a "body maintenance day" for Fisher as the Preds head into a busy stretch of games.


- Coach Trotz called LA a deep, heavy team -- noting that they have several forwards like Kopitar, Penner, Handzus, Ponikarovsky who are 6'3" or taller and 200-pounds or heavier. Trotz wants to see his big forwards like Ward, Wilson, and Smithson match the physical play from the Kings forwards.


- With LA's combination of size and skill, Coach Trotz stressed the importance of paying extra attention to details in the neutral zone and making sure the Preds take advantage of their opportunities to get the puck out of the defensive zone.


- Coach Trotz spoke highly of the way Jonathon Blum has played, noting his ability to jump from Milwaukee directly into the No. 4 spot in the Preds d-man lineup. "He came up for one game because of an injury and we could clearly see he was ready. He went from there. It's really a testament to him, his preparation, and the work (Coach) Lane Lambert and staff have done in Milwaukee. He's a smart player and has a real good understanding out on the ice."

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 58 36 18 4 160 134 76
2 DAL 55 35 15 5 178 147 75
3 STL 57 31 17 9 138 133 71
4 LAK 54 33 18 3 151 128 69
5 COL 58 29 25 4 155 160 62
6 SJS 53 28 20 5 154 143 61
7 ANA 53 26 19 8 120 125 60
8 NSH 55 25 21 9 142 148 59
9 ARI 54 25 23 6 143 164 56
10 VAN 54 22 20 12 125 144 56
11 MIN 55 23 22 10 135 138 56
12 CGY 54 25 26 3 144 160 53
13 WPG 54 24 27 3 139 157 51
14 EDM 56 22 29 5 138 168 49

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Josi 55 11 29 -2 40
F. Forsberg 55 18 18 -7 36
S. Weber 55 14 21 -5 35
M. Ribeiro 55 6 28 3 34
J. Neal 55 20 13 18 33
M. Ekholm 55 6 19 3 25
R. Ellis 54 6 16 2 22
C. Smith 55 11 7 -1 18
C. Jarnkrok 54 9 8 0 17
C. Wilson 38 4 12 -1 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 20 18 8 .902 2.57
C. Hutton 5 2 1 .916 2.36