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Centennial Sportsplex Workouts A Good Precursor to Training Camp

Tuesday, 09.13.2011 / 5:33 PM CT / Training Camp Central
By Bryan Mullen
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Centennial Sportsplex Workouts A Good Precursor to Training Camp
There is a sign inside the Predators’ dressing room at Centennial Sportsplex.

It reads, “Work Ethic: There Is No Substitute For It. It Is The Foundation For All Success. It Is The Ingredient That Gets You From Good To Great.”

By looking at the rink Tuesday, it’s clear the Predators are continuing to live the message.

Training camp doesn’t officially start until Saturday but every veteran Predator was present during an informal skate at Centennial. There is not one straggler, no one running a couple of days late to Nashville.

“It’s commitment,” Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne said. “Everybody came early and ready for training camp. It almost feels like it’s a regular practice out there.”

After the most successful season in Predators history in 2010-11, the players said they were itching to get back to work.

“It was a long summer for a lot of us after what we did in the playoffs,” Predators forward Jordin Tootoo said. “We just have to look at it from a positive and move forward. It’s great that we have everyone back in town. To see familiar faces is always a plus. I think the energy we bring in the dressing room just feeds off each other. I’m sure you can tell on the ice, everyone is eager to get the camp started.”

Rinne agreed.

“It’s a long summer when you play two rounds of playoffs and then after that everyone goes home,” Rinne said. “There are a lot of European guys and you don’t see each other during the offseason. You start missing these guys. It comes August and you are already wanting to come back. Obviously it’s really nice to be home, too. But it’s nice be back here and see everybody. I think most of the guys feel the same way.”

The informal skates have been anything but slow paced and veteran David Legwand has been directing the players.

“Our pace is always right up there,” Predators forward Jerred Smithson said. “It’s go, go, go non-stop. Guys are motivated and you see that from the skates out here and how they’re going. They’re bearing down, laughing and working hard. That’s a huge part of it.”

Note: Rookie camp is scheduled to end Wednesday and all players – rookies and veterans alike – will be given a mandatory day off Thursday. Off-ice testing and medicals will be performed Friday before training camp begins on Saturday.

SMASHVILLE CENTRAL

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AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS
 

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 56 36 16 4 158 128 76
2 DAL 53 33 15 5 170 142 71
3 STL 55 30 17 8 132 129 68
4 LAK 51 31 17 3 135 117 65
5 SJS 51 27 20 4 147 138 58
6 NSH 53 25 20 8 136 139 58
7 COL 55 27 24 4 148 152 58
8 ANA 50 25 18 7 111 115 57
9 MIN 52 23 20 9 127 126 55
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 52 20 20 12 120 142 52
12 CGY 51 23 25 3 134 148 49
13 WPG 52 23 26 3 136 150 49
14 EDM 53 21 27 5 131 156 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Josi 53 10 27 -2 37
S. Weber 53 14 21 -4 35
F. Forsberg 53 15 18 -6 33
M. Ribeiro 53 6 27 3 33
J. Neal 53 19 13 18 32
M. Ekholm 53 6 16 3 22
R. Ellis 52 6 15 2 21
C. Smith 53 11 6 -1 17
C. Jarnkrok 52 9 7 0 16
C. Wilson 36 4 12 0 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 20 17 7 .904 2.50
C. Hutton 5 2 1 .916 2.36