Practice Day Report: May 6

Sunday, 05.6.2012 / 2:14 PM CT / Nashville Predators Playoffs Coverage
By Doug Brumley  - Nashville Predators
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Practice Day Report: May 6

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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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

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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