Practice Day Report: Mar. 7

Wednesday, 03.07.2012 / 3:55 PM / News
By Doug Brumley  - Nashville Predators
The frustration from Tuesday night’s 5-4 loss to the Los Angeles Kings lingered at Centennial Sportsplex Wednesday as the Nashville Predators hit the ice to prepare for Thursday night’s home game against the Colorado Avalanche.

“I haven’t moved on,” Predators head coach Barry Trotz said regarding the loss. “I won’t move on until we win the next game.”

Trotz said the team talked Wednesday morning about capitalizing on the opportunity it has, with a lot of key pieces in place to make a playoff run. “I think we had too many guys sit back and go, ‘Well, we’re a little deeper team so we’re better.’ But we’re not better if we’re don’t work and do our things at the level that is demanded by the opposition and the game and the situation.

“Hopefully that’s corrected and we go forward,” he added. “This team usually responds pretty well and we’ve got a good group, a good core group, so I would expect us to move forward.”

At the same time, Trotz alluded to a couple of changes in tomorrow night’s lineup vs. Colorado. Though he was guarded, he did state that Brandon Yip will be back in, and Kevin Klein—still day-to-day with an upper-body injury—is out. Yip skated on a line with Paul Gaustad and Gabriel Bourque during Wednesday’s practice.

Another popular topic Wednesday was Jordin Tootoo’s shove of a linesman during Tuesday night’s game. Tootoo received a ten-minute misconduct for his snap reaction to an accidental head-butt from the official, and reporters were quick to ask Tootoo and Trotz about the possibility of a fine or suspension.

“I talked to the supervisor [of officials] at the game and he saw the situation where the linesman actually inadvertently came in and really head-butted Toots with his helmet right in the face. Your natural reaction is to push away when you get punched in the face, especially when there are people scrumming around. … They asked me if I would just talk to Toots and make sure he knew that, so I don’t anticipate anything coming from it.”

“It was a situation that happened in a split second,” Tootoo said. “As far as I know it’s been dealt with. That’s not part of my DNA, to do what I did. It was just a reaction. I was protecting myself. I’m deeply sorry for what happened but we’ve just got to move on from the situation.”

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