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Morning Skate Report: Feb. 21 vs. Vancouver

Tuesday, 02.21.2012 / 12:00 PM CT / Features
By Doug Brumley  - Nashville Predators
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Morning Skate Report: Feb. 21 vs. Vancouver

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The Predators skipped the traditional morning skate today: “I told them not to skate," head coach Barry Trotz said. "We've got five games in eight nights. We've had a lot of the flu bug going around.”

Trotz expects Mike Fisher—who missed Sunday’s game with the flu—to be back in the lineup tonight against Vancouver. But forward Chris Mueller was called up from Nashville’s minor-league affiliate in Milwaukee today just in case the flu bug strikes again.

"Mueller is an insurance policy,” Trotz said, “because we don't want to be in the same situation we were in Dallas, where we were scrambling [when Fisher couldn’t play and the team ultimately dressed seven defensemen]. Who knows who might come in this afternoon [sick]. Trust me, [Mueller] will be going for warm-up for sure."

Patric Hornqvist, who remains day-to-day with an upper-body injury, will not return tonight. He is close, however, according to Trotz. Hornqvist skated this morning with defenseman Jack Hillen and goaltender Anders Lindback. That trio was joined briefly by Fisher and David Legwand, neither of whom skated yesterday.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 56 36 16 4 158 128 76
2 DAL 53 33 15 5 170 142 71
3 STL 55 30 17 8 132 129 68
4 LAK 51 31 17 3 135 117 65
5 SJS 51 27 20 4 147 138 58
6 NSH 53 25 20 8 136 139 58
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8 ANA 51 25 19 7 113 121 57
9 MIN 52 23 20 9 127 126 55
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 52 20 20 12 120 142 52
12 CGY 51 23 25 3 134 148 49
13 WPG 52 23 26 3 136 150 49
14 EDM 54 21 28 5 132 164 47

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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Josi 53 10 27 -2 37
S. Weber 53 14 21 -4 35
F. Forsberg 53 15 18 -6 33
M. Ribeiro 53 6 27 3 33
J. Neal 53 19 13 18 32
M. Ekholm 53 6 16 3 22
R. Ellis 52 6 15 2 21
C. Smith 53 11 6 -1 17
C. Jarnkrok 52 9 7 0 16
C. Wilson 36 4 12 0 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 20 17 7 .904 2.50
C. Hutton 5 2 1 .916 2.36