Practice Day Report: May 6

Sunday, 05.06.2012 / 3:14 PM / Nashville Predators Playoffs Coverage
By Doug Brumley  - Nashville Predators

The Nashville Predators seemed relaxed and upbeat on the ice at Centennial Sportplex Sunday morning as they completed their final practice before heading to the desert for Monday’s Game 5 against the Phoenix Coyotes. Nashville trails the best-of-seven series three games to one. Despite the fact that their backs are against the wall—a loss in any of the next three games will end their season—the Preds appeared loose and confident. During the session there were lots of smiles, playful shoves and stick taps of applause for teammates.

“The perception is that we’re not going to be able to dig ourselves out,” head coach Barry Trotz said after Sunday’s practice. “Well, perception doesn’t really matter to us. We just know we’ve got to go to Phoenix and win a hockey game and go from there. It’ll be baby steps and our first step is Phoenix.”

“We know the situation and you just have to do your best and believe in yourself,” goaltender Pekka Rinne said. “We all know that we can do it. It’s just a matter of putting everything together, being on the same page and moving forward.”

Trotz juggled the lines considerably for Sunday. Colin Wilson took Sergei Kostitsyn’s place on the first line with Mike Fisher and Martin Erat. Kostitsyn, meanwhile, was on a line with Paul Gaustad and Brandon Yip.

“Colin’s played real well the couple games he’s been in and [he’s] made some good plays and been solid,” Fisher said. “I think he’s going to help us with a big body especially down low, and hang onto pucks. We’ve been getting some chances but just haven’t buried enough, and hopefully this will help us.”

“He’s seems to be going and I want to move people up who are going,” Trotz said of his promotion of Wilson, who has played well in two appearances this series.

Trotz confirmed that he is planning to reinsert Alexander Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn back into the lineup for Game 5. On Sunday the two flanked center Nick Spaling. “If [Radulov and Kostitsyn] want to be good players, they’re good players, and they can help us,” he said. “I look at them as, they’re going to help us.”

Practice lines on Sunday:
Mike Fisher
centering Colin Wilson and Martin Erat
David Legwand
centering Gabriel Bourque and Patric Hornqvist
Nick Spaling
centering Andrei Kostitsyn and Alexander Radulov
Paul Gaustad
centering Sergei Kostitsyn and Brandon Yip
Craig Smith
centering Matt Halischuk, Jordin Tootoo and Chris Mueller

Power play units:
Unit 1: Fisher, Erat, Hornqvist, Ryan Suter, Shea Weber
Unit 2: A. Kostitsyn, Legwand/Wilson, Radulov, S. Kostitsyn, Roman Josi

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
S. Weber 79 23 33 -2 56
P. Hornqvist 76 22 31 1 53
C. Smith 79 24 28 16 52
M. Fisher 75 20 29 -4 49
R. Josi 72 13 27 -2 40
M. Cullen 77 10 29 4 39
C. Wilson 81 11 22 -1 33
N. Spaling 71 13 19 2 32
R. Ellis 80 6 21 9 27
G. Bourque 74 9 17 -5 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Hutton 20 11 4 .910 2.62
D. Dubnyk 11 18 3 .891 3.43

 
 

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