Centennial Sportsplex Workouts A Good Precursor to Training Camp

Tuesday, 09.13.2011 / 6:33 PM / Training Camp Central
By Bryan Mullen
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.


SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
S. Weber 79 23 33 -2 56
P. Hornqvist 76 22 31 1 53
C. Smith 79 24 28 16 52
M. Fisher 75 20 29 -4 49
R. Josi 72 13 27 -2 40
M. Cullen 77 10 29 4 39
C. Wilson 81 11 22 -1 33
N. Spaling 71 13 19 2 32
R. Ellis 80 6 21 9 27
G. Bourque 74 9 17 -5 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Hutton 20 11 4 .910 2.62
D. Dubnyk 11 18 3 .891 3.43

 
 

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