Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Players, fans enjoy open practice

The Nashville Predators held an open practice on Tuesday afternoon at A-Game Sportsplex in Franklin, Tennessee. The day began with a public skate at 1 p.m., and the open practice began at 3:30 p.m.

There were a lot of fans in attendance, which really made it a unique atmosphere for a practice.

"It's always fun to practice when there are more fans in the building. I was surprised there were so many that showed up. It was fun. Hopefully they had a good time too," said Predators forward Patric Hornqvist.

Shea Weber was the topic of conversation around practice. Nashville's captain participated in the full practice, and really looked like he was in good condition. While there is still no timetable for his return, his presence on the ice was a welcome sight to the other players in the locker room.

"It was great. He brings so much energy to this room. It was nice to have him back. He's one of the best defensemen in the league, and he's going to help for sure," Hornqvist said.

Nashville doesn't play again until Thursday night when Dallas comes to town. The Predators played four games in seven nights last week, and were able to come away with three wins.

"It was nice coming up with three big wins, and hopefully we can keep rolling and building on that now," Hornqvist said.

Tuesday's practice was a unique experience for all involved. The pace of the practice seemed to be higher than normal, and the fans seemed to really enjoy being in attendance.

"There had to be close to 1,000 fans here today," said Predators Head Coach Barry Trotz. "The fans give us a lot of energy at the game, and they gave us a lot of energy at the practice today."

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