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Mully's Musings: Sept. 28 vs. Washington

Wednesday, 09.28.2011 / 11:12 PM CT / Training Camp Central
By Bryan Mullen
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Mully\'s Musings: Sept. 28 vs. Washington
It’s only the preseason.

That’s the annual reminder for clubs this time of year when they’re playing well. Still, ask any head coach if he’d rather be 5-1 or 1-5 – no matter what time of year - and the answer is obvious.

Preds Update: September 28, 2011
The Nashville Predators moved to 5-1-0 on the preseason with an impressive 4-1 victory against Washington at Bridgestone Arena on Wedneday. The young guys played with poise, the veterans played like veterans, and it’s all translating to victories.

Smiles abound in Smashville. Here are three reasons why.

Three Musings
Is Craig Smith really only 22?: Smith is not intimidated, this much is clear. Predators Coach Barry Trotz purposely had him facing some of the world’s best players on Wednesday and Smith didn’t flinch. He had two assists in 12:14 and has proven to the coaching staff he can play center or the wing. Smith also had a team-high five shots, which will quickly ingratiate himself to Predators fans.

Wilson is rolling: Colin Wilson entered camp with a new outlook and a new drive. He wanted to give more effort while playing under control, which is a delicate dance. Instead of pressing and making mistakes, Wilson appears to have found a balance. He has six points in his last four games, including a first-period goal on Wednesday that tied the score at 1-1. There’s no reason to think he won’t continue his current style of play.

Peks in effect: There was a minor scare on Saturday against Winnipeg when Rinne headed to the bench bleeding. He was hit in the mask with a puck, which caused a cut over his right eye. After 12 stitches and a little discomfort, Rinne hasn’t missed a beat. He stopped 23 of 24 shots Wednesday, and the one goal he allowed was understandable. Predators defenseman Mattias Ekholm lost his footing and Washington’s Mathieu Perreault took advantage, scoring the Capitals’ lone goal.


Three Quotes
Barry Trotz on his defensive players: “To me, I’ve got my four guys. I’ve got Suter, Weber, Blum and Klein. After that, we are still trying to sort it out a bit.”

Shea Weber: “We need to improve in all areas of our game. I thought we got a little bit better, still a little bit sloppy at times. But tonight I think a lot of men were sacrificing their bodies, especially on the PK.”

Colin Wilson: “I think I’ve been getting some good bounces but I have to credit my line mates. I think they were really, really good. (Niclas) Bergfors was doing a great job and (David) Legwand was going.”


Mully’s 3 stars
1. Shea Weber: 1 goal, 1 assist, +1 rating, 2 blocked shots in 23:54
2. Craig Smith: His two assists and aggressive shots make him a must-watch
3. Colin Wilson: Grabbed the momentum back with a goal after the Capitals scored early

SMASHVILLE CENTRAL

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