The Nashville Predators took part in their first morning skate of the season on Tuesday, a precursor to the club’s contest against Tampa Bay this evening on the gulf coast.
Head Coach Peter Laviolette held a session with those that are likely to skate against the Lightning prior to the rest of the team practicing on Day 6 of Training Camp.
Players who participated in the early session and are expected to play tonight in Tampa are as follows:
Puck drop tonight against the Lightning at Amalie Arena is set for 6:30 p.m. CDT.
The remainder of the squad then hit the ice for a late-morning skate. The group was split up, with one half participating in a normal practice, then coming together with the other half for a scrimmage. The other half then had their practice as the scrimmage concluded.
During one drill, Predators forward Paul Gaustad saw his stick break. Without hesitation, Preds Assistant Coach Phil Housley quickly offered up his twig to Gaustad. Teamwork makes the dream work.
The combo of James Neal and Mike Ribeiro struck during the scrimmage, with Ribeiro dropping a pass back to Neal in the right circle. No. 18 proceeded to rip a shot into the top left corner of the cage, in what was perhaps the first of many of such instances.
Director of Player Development Scott Nichol acted as a one-man officiating crew during the four-on-four scrimmage. Nichol received a barrage of jeers after blowing a play dead while the puck appeared to still be loose in the crease. Much to the chagrin of the benches, Nichol’s ruling won out.
Cullen on being a veteran and helping the younger players in camp:
“It seems like they keep getting younger! It doesn’t seem like that long ago - it is now - but my rookie year, I remember the older guys always helping out and going out of their way to make sure I was comfortable. It’s part of the tradition of the game and it’s part of what makes the NHL great. The older guys are always good about helping the younger guys along and making their transition as smooth as possible.”
Hutton on playing in a preseason game:
“It’s one of those things where you haven’t played in a long time and you’re just trying to get back into a good routine and get back to what works for you. You can practice all you want, but it’s not a game. I think tonight, the biggest thing is getting some rust off, getting back into that routine, feeling good out there and finding some things to build on as you go.”
Laviolette on how he approaches a preseason game:
“With not being able to scout the opponent through video and find out what they’re doing, we’re mostly going to focus on our game and trying to put down what we want to do on the ice. As we [move along in the game] we can make changes based on what they’re doing. [A preseason game] is really a time to try and look at what your team is doing and make sure you’re doing the right things.”
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Photo Credit: John Russell