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Thoughts From Practice: April 6

Wednesday, 04.6.2011 / 1:46 PM CT / Features
By Jay Levin  - Nashville Predators
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Thoughts From Practice: April 6
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Some news and notes from today's practice session:

- Lines from today's practice:
  Gray - Fisher centering Hornqvist and Kostitsyn
  Yellow - Smithscon centering Halischuk and Tootoo
  Lt. Blue - O'Reilly centering Dumont and Sullivan
  White - Geoffrion, Legwand, Spaling, Ward

- Colin Wilson missed practice today to attend his grandfather's funeral. Wilson is expected to return in time for Friday's morning skate session (in advance of Friday's game against Columbus).
- Martin Erat missed practice for a body maintenance day.

- Practice featured a lot of skating: 2-on-1 drills early in the session, full line drills late in the session. Most players stayed late for shooting drills.

- Coach Trotz spent an extended time on the ice after practice working with injured players Cal O'Reilly and Steve Sullivan. O'Reilly and Sullivan have both skated with the team all week and continue to progress toward potential returns to the lineup.

- Coach Trotz talked about the balanced play from his team of late:
"Last night that line was really good, the Smithson and Tootoo and Halischuk line. We need production from everybody. Toots is feeling good and Halischuk is feeling good about his game and they're producing. That's a real positive for us. Last night we had two lines that did the scoring for us and the other two didn't; the night before the other two lines did the scoring, so we're getting everybody contributing."

Coach Trotz commended Pekka Rinne for his play last night, especially in the first period, noting the importance of his strong start to the game:
"In the first period they came out with a really good push. They're still a really good team with some dynamic players. They did a good job and we had trouble getting our feet on the ground. Pekka kept us there until we stabilized. We scored and then we got the two quick ones at the end of the period and that sent them in the wrong direction, but without that start by Pekka we're not in that position. You talk about momentum, he gave us the chance to get it going our way."

- Jordin Tootoo talked about his second goal last night:
"Hali (Matt Halischuk) and Smitty (Jerred Smithson) have been playing great for us. When you go hard to the net, good things happen. Halio was muckng the puck in the corner there and I went to the front of the net. Fortunately I got a good bounce and that was it."

- Kevin Klein talked about the difference between last night's games and some of the team's recent games:
"I think those tight games keep us sharp. You could tell in the third period last night that both teams had a let up in intensity and sometimes that's not best for executing plays. I think we maybe got a little sloppy (in the third period last night)."

-Coach Trotz commented on winning by a larger margin last night:
"It was good to have one of those games, but at the same time as coaches we want to be perfectionists and I thought we got sloppy and they got a couple of goals. Some of the goals were plays where the pucks were in people's feet and we weren't really battling as hard as we needed. I talked to the group after the game; we didn't make it easy. We didn't forecheck as hard and then we back off and end up playing in our own end and that's harder to play in your own end. So instead of making it easy on yourself you end up making it tougher. When you're up 6-1 sometimes it's tougher to keep that sharpness, human nature."

- Jordin Tootoo talked about what the team wants to accomplish in these final two games of the season:
"We've been playing playoff hockey for the last month battling for a spot. We want to finish as high as we can in the standings and go into the playoffs with the right mindset. We have a chance to finish off the season with two big wins here. I think we have to tighten up our third period antics here and we'll be fine. That sort of stuff will cost us in the playoffs, but we need to focus on that and clean it up."





1 CHI 57 36 17 4 158 130 76
2 DAL 54 34 15 5 174 145 73
3 STL 56 30 17 9 133 130 69
4 LAK 52 32 17 3 144 119 67
5 SJS 52 28 20 4 149 138 60
6 ANA 52 26 19 7 117 122 59
7 NSH 54 25 21 8 139 144 58
8 COL 56 27 25 4 149 155 58
9 MIN 53 23 20 10 130 130 56
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 53 21 20 12 123 143 54
12 CGY 52 24 25 3 138 151 51
13 WPG 53 24 26 3 137 151 51
14 EDM 55 21 29 5 133 166 47


R. Josi 54 11 27 -3 38
F. Forsberg 54 17 18 -7 35
S. Weber 54 14 21 -5 35
M. Ribeiro 54 6 27 2 33
J. Neal 54 19 13 18 32
M. Ekholm 54 6 18 3 24
R. Ellis 53 6 16 2 22
C. Smith 54 11 7 -2 18
C. Jarnkrok 53 9 8 0 17
C. Wilson 37 4 12 -1 16
P. Rinne 20 18 7 .903 2.54
C. Hutton 5 2 1 .916 2.36