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World Championship – Day 1 Recap

Friday, 05.9.2014 / 3:56 PM CT / News
By Kevin Wilson  - Nashville Predators
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World Championship \u2013 Day 1 Recap

In his first game since being named head coach of the Nashville Predators on Tuesday, Peter Laviolette led the United States to a 4-1 victory over host nation Belarus in both teams’ opening game of the 2014 World Championship in Minsk.

Predators forward Craig Smith, who was named an alternate captain earlier in the day, notched an assist on the team’s opening goal of the tournament, while Seth Jones played the second-most minutes among American skaters at 22:21 in his first career World Championship contest.

Elsewhere on the first day of competition, Canada lost to France in a shootout (3-2), with Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis playing 22:10 and finishing with a +1 rating, and Switzerland fell to Russia (5-0), with Predators defenseman Roman Josi leading all Swiss skaters in ice time (23:15) and Preds prospect Simon Moser leading all Swiss forwards in time on ice (17:24).

The United States and Switzerland are right back at it tomorrow at 12:45 p.m., playing each other, while Canada plays at the same time against Slovakia.

Finland (Miikka Salomaki, Pekka Rinne and Juuse Saros) and Sweden (Mattias Ekholm and Calle Jarnkrok) play their opening games tomorrow at 8:45 a.m. The Finns play Latvia, whose coaching staff includes Fairview, Tenn., resident Karlis Zirnis, while the Swedes take on Denmark.

The Nashville Predators have 13 representatives at the 2014 World Championship being held May 9-25 in Minsk, Belarus. Head Coach Peter Laviolette, Assistant Coach Phil Housley, Video Coach Lawrence Feloney, Seth Jones and Craig Smith are representing the United States, who is looking for back-to-back medals at the tournament after a bronze a year ago; Miikka Salomaki, Pekka Rinne and Juuse Saros are playing for Finland; Calle Jarnkrok and Mattias Ekholm are looking to defend Sweden’s crown at the tournament; Simon Moser and Roman Josi are looking to build on a silver-medal winning performance in last year’s worlds for Switzerland; and Ryan Ellis is playing for Canada.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 55 35 16 4 153 127 74
2 DAL 52 33 14 5 169 137 71
3 STL 54 29 17 8 128 128 66
4 LAK 51 31 17 3 135 117 65
5 SJS 50 27 19 4 145 132 58
6 COL 54 27 23 4 146 148 58
7 ANA 50 25 18 7 111 115 57
8 NSH 52 24 20 8 130 137 56
9 MIN 51 23 19 9 126 122 55
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 51 20 19 12 119 138 52
12 CGY 50 22 25 3 130 147 47
13 WPG 51 22 26 3 132 148 47
14 EDM 53 21 27 5 131 156 47

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Josi 52 10 27 -4 37
S. Weber 52 13 20 -6 33
J. Neal 52 18 13 16 31
M. Ribeiro 52 6 25 1 31
F. Forsberg 52 14 16 -9 30
M. Ekholm 52 6 16 1 22
R. Ellis 51 6 15 0 21
C. Smith 52 11 6 -1 17
C. Wilson 36 4 12 0 16
C. Jarnkrok 51 8 7 -3 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 19 17 7 .903 2.51
C. Hutton 5 2 1 .916 2.36