Practice Day Report: May 3

Thursday, 05.3.2012 / 2:16 PM CT / Nashville Predators Playoffs Coverage
By Doug Brumley  - Nashville Predators
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Practice Day Report: May 3

The Predators completed a brief practice at Bridgestone Arena Thursday morning, one day after recording a 2-0 shutout against the Phoenix Coyotes in Game 3 of their Western Conference Semifinals series. The Predators will have a chance to tie the series at two games apiece in Game 4, 6:30 p.m. CT on Friday.

Twenty-five players participated in Thursday’s session. Notably absent were Hal Gill and Paul Gaustad. “They’re both penalty killers so most penalty killers get hit with shots,” Predators head coach Barry Trotz said after practice. “They’re both just having a maintenance day. They’re fine.”

Forward Matt Halischuk, who slid awkwardly into the end boards in Game 3 and missed some time during the game, was on the ice for the full session.

“I thought he might be one of the guys that needed a maintenance day but he was out there so I think he’s going to be fine for tomorrow,” Trotz said about Halischuk. “We’ll see how he is. When I first saw him going into the boards I thought that was going to be a little bit more substantial, if you will.”

Trotz said he has some hard decisions to make about the lineup for Game 4, given the strong efforts from Halischuk and Jordin Tootoo, both of whom returned to game action after being scratched in recent games. “The guys that were in played hard and got the job done, so it would be very difficult for me at this point to give you an exact lineup for tomorrow.”

Trotz said he was going to review Game 3 more closely Thursday afternoon with his coaching staff to make a decision about personnel for Friday’s game. Due to Game 3’s special start time of 6:30 p.m., the Predators will conduct their morning skate at 9:30 a.m. Friday instead of the usual 10:15 a.m.

Practice lines for Thursday: 
  Mike Fisher centering Sergei Kostitsyn and Martin Erat
  David Legwand centering Gabriel Bourque and Patric Hornqvist
  Nick Spaling centering Brandon Yip and Colin Wilson
  Matt Halischuk centering Jordin Tootoo and Brian McGrattan
  Craig Smith centering Andrei Kostitsyn and Alexander Radulov

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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 14 5 8 8 13
R. Josi 14 1 8 -6 9
R. Johansen 14 4 4 0 8
J. Neal 14 4 4 1 8
M. Fisher 14 5 2 -1 7
M. Ekholm 14 3 4 2 7
S. Weber 14 3 4 -7 7
R. Ellis 14 0 6 0 6
F. Forsberg 14 2 2 -11 4
M. Salomaki 14 1 1 2 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 7 7 0 .906 2.63
C. Hutton 0 0 0 .667 3.00