Team Blue defeated Team White 5-3 in the Predators scrimmage at training camp at Centennial Sportsplex. For a full list of the squads' rosters, click here.
A very physical game defined the tilt on Sunday afternoon, with many large collisions occurring throughout the contest. Team Blue, led by Tommy Veilleux’s two points, rallied from an early one-goal deficit to win.
Observations from the game:
—Goaltenders Devin Williams (White) and Rob Madore (Blue) played approximately the first half of the game. Williams did not allow a goal, while Madore was beaten by a rising wrister from Taylor Beck in the first period.
—Team Blue’s first line was comprised of Eric Nystrom—Calle Jarnkrok—Filip Forsberg. The trio had several offensive opportunities and spent a lot of time in the offensive zone.
—Jarnkrok: “Forsberg and I found some good chemistry together in Milwaukee last season. I’m hoping we can continue that this season with the [Predators]. It was fun to be back out there with some tough competition. The scrimmage was a good pace and it can only get better from here.”
—Marek Mazanec (White) and Magnus Hellberg (Blue) entered the game for their respective teams at the 10:50 mark of the second period.
—Mazanec was beaten twice in his first three minutes of action. Josh Shalla scored off the rebound from a Veilleux shot and then Kevin Fiala tallied off a forehand-backhand move.
—In lieu of power plays, penalty shots were given when minor penalties were taken. Taylor Aronson (Blue) went one-for-two in his opportunities and Matthew Campagna tallied for Team White on a shot low to the stick side of Hellberg.
—Head Coach Peter Laviolette: “I did see some of [the systems we’ve been working on] out on the ice which was good. There were some good things in the neutral zone, some good things in the offensive zone. Guys played hard, they were competitive and they were physical so it was good way to evaluate the group.”
- Thomas Willis
Prior to Sunday’s intrasquad scrimmage, those that weren’t participating took to the ice; predominantly working on special teams situations. Almost all of the players participating saw time at the NHL level last season.
Forwards James Neal, Olli Jokinen, Mike Ribeiro, Craig Smith, Derek Roy, Colin Wilson, Matt Cullen, Paul Gaustad and Jon Puskar, defensemen Seth Jones, Shea Weber, Mattias Ekholm, Roman Josi, Victor Bartley and Anton Volchenkov, and goaltenders Carter Hutton and Pekka Rinne took part in the session.
One power play unit was composed of Jokinen, Ribeiro, and Neal up front, with Josi and Weber on the backend. Smith, Wilson and Roy also skated together on a unit, with Jones and Ekholm at the points.
Gaustad, Cullen, Bartley and Volchenkov were used throughout the morning in penalty killing situations.
Two other five-man units included Neal, Smith, Ribeiro, Weber and Jones, and then Ekholm, Josi, Jokinen, Roy, and Wilson.
- Brooks Bratten
Shot of the Day:Photo credit: Brooks Bratten