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Thoughts From Practice: March 24

Thursday, 03.24.2011 / 11:32 AM CT / Features
By Jay Levin  - Nashville Predators
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Some news and notes from today's morning skate session:

- Coach Trotz indicated there would be no changes to the lineup for tonight's game, so look for the same 18 skaters as Tuesday night. Expect Halischuk to be the healthy scratch again tonight. It's not a commentary on Halischuk's play, but more a statement to the production the staff is seeing out of the Dumont-Geoffrion-Wilson line.


- Halischuk was the last skater out on the ice today working on drills with Lindback.


- Coach Trotz, when talking about his team's success, stressed the need for production from everyone in the lineup, not just offensively but with complete games. Pointing out that this team has been at its best when guys have effectively played their roles.


- Coach Trotz lauded Teemu Selanne for his ability to remain an elite player this late into his career, noting that he's adapted throughout his career and is now actually faster and lighter than he was earlier in his NHL days.
 

- As for tonight's match-up Coach Trotz noted that Anaheim's top guys have been carrying the Ducks --- especially over their recent surge. Trotz called out Corey Perry's development, noting that Perry has improved every year he's been in the league and is now an elite player.


- Anaheim's top players all logged heavy ice times last night. Getzlaf (25:15), Koivu (21:29), Perry (24:19), Ryan (20:27), and Selanne (23:20) were all over 20:00 in last night's game, while defensemen Beauchemin (26:18) and Visnovsky (27:36) were the load bearers on the back end. If Nashville can apply pressure and maintain pace to the game, the Ducks top players may feel the effects later in the contest.


- Watch the special teams match-ups in tonight's game. Anaheim ranks #5 in the league in power-play at 21.8%, while Nashville sits #6 in the league in penalty kill at 84.9%. At home, no team has allowed fewer opponent power-play goals than the Preds. On the flip side, Nashville's power-play ranks 25th in the NHL (15.4%) and Anaheim's penalty kill ranks 22nd league-wide (80.7%).

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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 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
F. Forsberg 82 33 31 1 64
R. Josi 81 14 47 -3 61
J. Neal 82 31 27 27 58
S. Weber 78 20 31 -7 51
M. Ribeiro 81 7 43 11 50
C. Smith 82 21 16 4 37
M. Ekholm 82 8 27 14 35
R. Johansen 42 8 26 10 34
R. Ellis 79 10 22 13 32
C. Jarnkrok 81 16 14 1 30
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 34 21 10 .908 2.48
C. Hutton 7 5 4 .918 2.33