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Tootoo's Impact & More From Wednesday's Practice

Wednesday, 10.26.2011 / 2:22 PM CT / Features
By Bryan Mullen
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Tootoo\'s Impact & More From Wednesday\'s Practice
A few years ago, Jordin Tootoo would have dropped his gloves and started punching.

Instead, the Predators forward knew the situation, kept his cool and put his team in position to be successful.

It happened with 8:10 remaining in the third against San Jose on Tuesday. The Sharks were leading 1-0 and Tootoo got under the skin of San Jose’s Ryane Clowe, who threw his gloves to the ice. Tootoo didn’t react, and Clowe was called for an unsportsmanlike penalty.

Moments later, Nashville’s Craig Smith tied it with a power play goal.

“It was a point in the game when we needed to create some energy and that was the right time,” said Tootoo, who drew another penalty earlier in the third.

This is not a kinder, gentler Tootoo. It’s a smarter, more mature Tootoo. The 28-year-old forward has been playing with a pace and tenacity rarely seen during his professional career, which is saying something considering those have long been strengths to his game. He has perfected the role of agitator and has been one of Nashville’s bright spots since the 2011-12 season began.

“Right now he has good energy,” Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. “He’s as fit as he’s ever been and he’s got good clarity. I think he wants to get on the score sheet a little bit, and he will because he’s playing a solid game.”

Tootoo, who leads Nashville with 19 hits, continues to be an intimidating presence when battles for the puck are involved. Against San Jose, Trotz moved him up to a line with Wilson and Legwand to use that ability as an advantage.

“Not only does he have great speed, but if I know if Jordin Tootoo is breathing down my neck to retrieve a puck, I’d be a little nervous to go get the puck,” Trotz said. “If you’re getting nervous to go get the puck, then we’re getting the puck.”

Tootoo also has 12 shots on goal, the same amount as Wilson and one more than Legwand. But he has only one assist and no goals in the first eight games of the season. Still, Tootoo is not discouraged.

“When you do the same things over and over, at some point something has got to give,” Tootoo said. “I have to keep bringing my energy and work ethic. Right now, I’m not getting any bounces, but it will come if you just keep the right mindset. If you keep plugging away, good things will happen eventually.”

Injury update: Forward Patric Hornqvist did not practice with the team on Wednesday. Trotz called it a maintenance day. Hornqvist has been battling a lower-body injury.

“He’ll be fine, Trotz said. “He’s good to go.”

Forward Martin Erat (upper body) practiced with the team on Wednesday.

“He’s getting real close,” Trotz said. “I don’t know exactly if he will be in tomorrow. We’re hoping he comes back in one of these couple of games here.”

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 9 2 5 4 7
R. Johansen 9 3 3 1 6
R. Josi 9 0 6 -3 6
S. Weber 9 2 3 -4 5
M. Ekholm 9 3 1 2 4
J. Neal 9 2 1 -3 3
M. Fisher 9 2 1 -3 3
F. Forsberg 9 1 2 -6 3
C. Smith 6 1 1 3 2
R. Ellis 9 0 2 0 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 4 5 0 .915 2.48
C. Hutton 0 0 0 .000 0.00