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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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 57 36 17 4 158 130 76
2 DAL 54 34 15 5 174 145 73
3 STL 56 30 17 9 133 130 69
4 LAK 52 32 17 3 144 119 67
5 SJS 52 28 20 4 149 138 60
6 ANA 52 26 19 7 117 122 59
7 NSH 54 25 21 8 139 144 58
8 COL 56 27 25 4 149 155 58
9 MIN 53 23 20 10 130 130 56
10 VAN 54 22 20 12 125 144 56
11 ARI 53 24 23 6 139 163 54
12 CGY 52 24 25 3 138 151 51
13 WPG 53 24 26 3 137 151 51
14 EDM 55 21 29 5 133 166 47

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Josi 54 11 27 -3 38
F. Forsberg 54 17 18 -7 35
S. Weber 54 14 21 -5 35
M. Ribeiro 54 6 27 2 33
J. Neal 54 19 13 18 32
M. Ekholm 54 6 18 3 24
R. Ellis 53 6 16 2 22
C. Smith 54 11 7 -2 18
C. Jarnkrok 53 9 8 0 17
C. Wilson 37 4 12 -1 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 20 18 7 .903 2.54
C. Hutton 5 2 1 .916 2.36