Practice Day Report: April 12

Thursday, 04.12.2012 / 2:40 PM CT / Nashville Predators Playoffs Coverage
By Doug Brumley  - Nashville Predators
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Practice Day Report: April 12

The Predators were back practicing on Bridgestone Arena ice after spending Monday and Tuesday at Centennial Sportsplex. The hot topic after Thursday’s session was discipline. For starters, there was the news of supplementary discipline—a $2,500 fine and no suspension—by the league for defenseman Shea Weber as a result of his run in with Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg at the final buzzer Wednesday night.

Around the locker room, Weber’s teammates were glad their captain wasn’t going to miss any game time as a result of his actions Wednesday.

“It’s big news for our team,” goaltender Pekka Rinne said. “Obviously Shea’s a big part of this team so it’s good news.”

Beyond that, the team was focused on trying to limit the number of penalties it commits going forward. In Game 1, Nashville was whistled for ten minor penalties and Detroit for eight. Predators head coach Barry Trotz said in his Thursday press conference that he was “a little bit shocked yesterday by the number of penalties on both sides.” During the regular season, Nashville and Detroit were the first- and second-least penalized teams in the league, respectively.

“I think the biggest thing is we have to stay out of the penalty box,” defenseman Ryan Suter said after Thursday practice. “You can’t give a team that many chances on the power play. I think that’s the main area of focus.”

The Red Wings tallied on 2 of their 8 opportunities with a manpower advantage in Game 1, while the Preds’ power play—ranked No. 1 for the regular season—went 0 for 6.

“We were undisciplined,” Shea Weber said. “We didn’t take a lot of penalties during the year and if we’re going to win this series we’ve got to be a lot more disciplined. I think you’re going to see that out of us tomorrow.”

Once again, defenseman Hal Gill did not participate in practice. “Hal is still day-to-day,” Trotz said. “He didn’t skate today. We did that on purpose a little bit. If he feels better tomorrow and he’s able to go, he’ll go.”

Thursday’s lines:
   White jerseys: Mike Fisher centering Sergei Kostitsyn and Martin Erat
   Silver jerseys: David Legwand centering Andrei Kostitsyn and Alexander Radulov
   Gold jerseys: Nick Spaling centering Gabriel Bourque and Patric Hornqvist
   Green jerseys: Paul Gaustad centering Brandon Yip and Matt Halischuk
   Purple jerseys: Colin Wilson centering Craig Smith and Jordin Tootoo
   Extra forwards: Brian McGrattan, Jack Maclellan

Defense pairings:
Ryan Suter and Shea Weber
Roman Josi and Kevin Klein
Francis Bouillon and Jack Hillen
Ryan Ellis

Goaltenders:
Pekka Rinne, Anders Lindback, and Chet Pickard

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