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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

SCHEDULE
 

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS
 

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 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Wilson 8 2 4 2 6
S. Weber 8 2 3 -3 5
R. Johansen 8 2 3 1 5
R. Josi 8 0 4 -3 4
M. Ekholm 8 2 1 1 3
J. Neal 8 2 1 -2 3
F. Forsberg 8 1 2 -4 3
M. Fisher 8 2 0 -4 2
C. Smith 5 1 1 3 2
R. Ellis 8 0 2 0 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 4 4 0 .915 2.53
C. Hutton 0 0 0 .000 0.00