Mully's Musings: Preds vs. Jets Preseason Game

Saturday, 09.24.2011 / 11:02 PM CT / Training Camp Central
By Bryan Mullen
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Mully\'s Musings: Preds vs. Jets Preseason Game
There was a two-goal deficit to dig out of, a blink-and-miss-it scoring surge, and brand-new jerseys flying around the ice at Bridgestone Arena.

In short, the visuals were quite exciting during the Nashville Predators preseason home opener. The Predators handed a 4-3 defeat to Winnipeg in front of an energized home crowd, which had waited months to see its team return to Bridgestone after a stirring Stanley Cup Playoff run in 2010-11.

Let’s get to it …

Mully’s Three Musings
1) Tootoo’s fire: Combine the latter part of last season and the first portion of this training camp, and it can be argued that Jordin Tootoo is playing at the highest level of his NHL career. Obviously determined, Tootoo is faster and sharper on the ice, and his hustle is off the charts. He still plays with the edge that fans have grown to love, but his offensive production is greatly improving. Nashville trailed 2-0 at the end of one, but less than five minutes into the second, Tootoo scored an unassisted goal to cut the Jets’ lead to 2-1. The goal was symbolic of Tootoo’s return to the ice: he stayed with it, battled and was rewarded.

2) Rinne is fine: A collective gasp shot through Bridgestone when goaltender Pekka Rinne headed to the bench bleeding from his head with 5:36 to go in the second. Not to worry, he’s fine. He took 12 stitches over his right eye and was in good spirits after the game. Rinne allowed one goal on eight shots, but the aspect of Rinne’s game that is most evident now is confidence. The Vezina Trophy finalist from a season ago admitted recently he got too down on himself after losses last season, but that he’s better at putting disappointing performances behind him now. That may not sound like a big deal, but over the course of a long season, it’s huge.

3) Hornqvist does what he does: The hard-nosed and often-face washed Patric Hornqvist scored the game-winning goal with 6:10 to go in the second and once again looks comfortable in one of the most uncomfortable spots on the ice: in front of the goaltender. Hornqvist is working on trying to score from further out, and if he improves in that area, watch out.


Mully’s 3 Stars
1) Jordin Tootoo. Grabbed momentum back with his second period goal. He tied for second on the team in shots with three and had 12:22 of ice time.

2) Shea Weber. Two assists, three shots and a lot of stoic leadership once again.

3) Zack Stortini. Yes, Martin Erat and Sergei Kostitsyn scored key goals and are deserving, but let’s give this one to Stortini. The double minor he drew changed the game and he gave his teammates and fans a sneak peak of what to expect from his this season: physical play and a big presence. He will be a fan favorite in no time.


Three Quotes
1) Head Coach Barry Trotz: “Players earn the right to play longer or to get less time. Some guys have separated themselves positively and some guys have separated themselves negatively. Some guys kicked up their game on account of we were down. Our guys – our key guys – like Martin Erat and Sergei Kostitsyn, really stepped up.”

2) Goaltender Pekka Rinne, on the injury: “The cage on my mask was bent. I don’t know what really happened. It was just one of those things. It was kind of freaky.”

3) Forward Zack Stortini, on his first fight of the season: “It was something that is a big part of my job. You know it’s definitely not my first one.”

SCHEDULE
 

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS
 

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
F. Forsberg 82 26 37 15 63
M. Ribeiro 82 15 47 11 62
R. Josi 81 15 40 15 55
S. Weber 78 15 30 15 45
C. Smith 82 23 21 11 44
C. Wilson 77 20 22 19 42
M. Fisher 59 19 20 4 39
J. Neal 67 23 14 12 37
R. Ellis 58 9 18 8 27
S. Jones 82 8 19 3 27
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 41 17 6 .923 2.18
C. Hutton 6 7 4 .902 2.61