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Thoughts From Morning Skate: March 16

Wednesday, 03.16.2011 / 12:04 PM CT / Features
By Jay Levin  - Nashville Predators
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Some news and notes from today's practice:

- Spirited quick pace for the first 20-25 minutes of practice today and then a more informal feel for the closing stretch. The opening part of practice focused heavily on shooting drills, primarily two-on-one drills and finished off with shootout drills before things became less formal. "We shot the puck well last night," Trotz said. "We created a good number of scoring chances, just didn't bury that third goal."


- With a heavy dose of games on the immediate horizon, today was used as a "body maintenance" day for a couple of forwards. All six defensemen and both goaltenders were on the ice today, but a lighter group of forwards rotating through the drills.


- Joel Ward did not skate today, but Coach Trotz said there was a chance Ward would play in tomorrow night's game. Ward will likely give it a go in morning skate and measure his availability from there.


- Dumont, Geoffrion, Halischuk, and Hornqvist all stayed out on the ice late today along with goaltender Anders Lindback.


- In advance of tomorrow night's projected goaltender matchup between Pekka Rinne (leads Western Conference in GAA and SV%) and Tim Thomas (leads Eastern Conference in GAA and SV%), Coach Trotz praised Rinne's imporantance to the team this season, "We wouldn't be where we are right now without Peks. We are very fortunate to have one of the top goaltenders in the league. He is not only a Vezina candidate (League's Top Goaltender), but should be a Heart candidate (League MVP) as well."

SMASHVILLE CENTRAL

SCHEDULE
 

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS
 

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