Thoughts From Practice: March 24

Thursday, 03.24.2011 / 12:32 PM / Features
By Jay Levin  - Nashville Predators
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Thoughts From Practice: March 24
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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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