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Preds Practice Ponderings: Oct. 22

by Brooks Bratten / Nashville Predators

The Nashville Predators were back on the ice Wednesday morning, fresh off of their fourth victory on the season, a 4-3 shootout win over Arizona the previous evening.

The contest ended with Preds goaltender Pekka Rinne stopping former Predators forward Martin Erat, with Rinne closing the five-hole to secure the two points.

“Nowadays, players are pretty good in shootouts,” Rinne said after practice. “They’re pretty nifty. They give different looks and they’re hard to read… The last save on [Erat], even though I played with the guy, you never know what he’s going to do. Marty has a few moves that he typically did when he played with us, and now he just decided to shoot it and try to go five-hole and I was able to get that.”

That save pushed the Preds record to 4-0-2 to begin the campaign, with the club earning at least one point in their first six contests.


Lines at this morning’s practice were as follows:

Forwards:

Forsberg – Ribeiro – Neal

Wilson – Roy – Smith

*Jarnkrok, Cullen, Stalberg, Nystrom, Gaustad, Bourque, Clune and Beck rotated on the remaining forward rushes at different points throughout the practice.

*Olli Jokinen was not on the ice for practice, receiving a maintenance day. Jokinen visited the dentist after having a few teeth knocked out during Tuesday night’s game against Arizona.

*Mike Fisher, who was on the ice for the team’s morning skate on Tuesday, was not on the ice on Wednesday for the full team session, but did skate beforehand.

Defensemen:

Weber – Josi

Volchenkov – Jones

Ekholm – Ellis

Bartley

*Cullen, Bourque, Clune, Beck and Bartley all stayed on the ice for upward of 90 minutes for extra work.


Quotables:

Pekka Rinne on facing former Pred Martin Erat:

“He’s a good guy. I thought that he played [Tuesday] with a lot of emotion and he was a little bit chippy. I felt that he played pretty physical the way he plays usually, so that’s nice to see that he started off pretty good. There were a couple chirps both ways and a couple laughs, so it was good.”

Peter Laviolette on the back and forth chances in Tuesday’s game:

“There were definitely ups and downs in that game. I think there were times where we did some good things and like the cycle game. There were times where we could’ve done some things better but in the end, they’re not always perfect. There’s going to be some games where we feel like we should’ve gotten better results and were happy with the way we played and you don’t walk away with the points. It was up and down, it went both ways. We had plenty of chances to score, they had plenty of chances to score as well and comes down to a shootout. I think we’re trying to work on that consistency and that’ll help us in the direction of playing more minutes that we like.”


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