Morning Skate Report: Mar. 10 vs Detroit

Saturday, 03.10.2012 / 2:28 PM CT / Features
By Doug Brumley  - Nashville Predators
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Morning Skate Report: Mar. 10 vs Detroit
If the Nashville Predators can play tonight like they did for 59 minutes and 50 seconds in Detroit on February 17, it’s safe to say head coach Barry Trotz will be satisfied.

Nashville outperformed the Red Wings for significant stretches of that game but lost 2-1 on Pavel Datsyuk’s goal with 5.8 seconds left in regulation.

“We learned a tough lesson in Detroit,” Trotz said after his team’s practice Friday. “We should have at least come out with a point. We ended up with zero.”

Given that Red Wings and Predators are now ranked fourth and fifth, respectively, in the Western Conference standings, Trotz sees tonight’s game as an opportunity his team must seize to close the current six-point gap between the clubs and secure as high a playoff seed as possible.

Detroit, which won 4-3 over the L.A. Kings Friday night at Joe Louis Arena, has been dealing with a lot of injuries. Key names like Nicklas Lidstrom, Pavel Datsyuk and Jimmy Howard have missed time and are expected to be out of the lineup again tonight in Nashville. But no one in the Predators’ locker room is expecting an easier match-up as a result.

“I think that’s one of their keys to their success, being able to step up when they have injuries,” said Nashville left wing Nick Spaling, who scored the lone Nashville goal in the Feb. 17 game. “It’s still going to be a tough game and they’re not a team you can take for granted at all.”

To Spaling’s point, Trotz said he was going to use Saturday’s late-morning meetings to make sure his club approaches the game with the right mindset.

“One thing we’ll talk about this morning is that they do have a tradition of winning and they are going to work,” he said. “They have workers in right now. If you think it’s going to be easy playing against Darren Helm or Justin Abdelkader—it’s hard to play against Datsyuk but he’s a little bit different animal. What’s happening is they are rallying as a group and they’re going to come with an all-in effort.”

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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