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  • 17 May
    导出博客文章NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- P.K. Subban hasnt even taken the ice yet in his new
    Predators sweater, yet the defenseman keeps hearing the same thing over and
    over.No, hes not being asked about winning the Stanley Cup even though his
    acquisition has raised expectations higher in Nashville than theyve ever
    been.Hes being showered with southern hospitality.Welcome to Nashville, Subban
    said with a grin. I love that everybody heres so nice. Its almost like theyre
    too nice. Its impossible to not feel comfortable in this city. So Ive been here
    for six or seven days, it feels like Ive been here for six or seven years. The
    people are just extremely nice, and I cant wait for my family to get down here
    and have the same feeling that I have.The Predators reported for training camp
    Thursday with Subban the big attraction as the man Nashville swapped captain
    Shea Weber to Montreal on June 29 in one of the NHLs biggest trades in recent
    years. The NHL Network and TSN both were represented along with media from
    Montreal, doubling the number of reporters usually on hand.Nashville lost in the
    second round of the Western Conference playoffs to San Jose in seven games.
    General manager David Poile said the Predators know theyve changed their
    chemistry with the move.We hope its for the better, but we dont know yet, Poile
    said. We have to play.Some things to watch with the Predators this
    preseason:MORE FROM RYJO: Subban isnt the only player the Predators acquired in
    a big trade this year. Forward Ryan Johansen came to Nashville in January in a
    deal that sent defenseman Seth Jones to Columbus. Johansen scored 34 points in
    42 games with Nashville and posted a plus-10 rating. Poile said Johansen, who
    turned 24 in July, is bigger and stronger after a good offseason. He certainly
    should be in a situation where he could be a guy that could put up more points
    on the board and get more goals, which everyone is looking for, Poile
    said.MISSING FOR WORLD CUP OF HOCKEY: Four Predators are not in Nashville for
    the start of training camp. Defenseman Mattias Ekholm and forward Filip Forsberg
    are playing with Sweden, while defenseman Roman Josi is playing with Team
    Europe. Goaltender Pekka Rinne is with Finland, while assistant coach Phil
    Housley is with Team USA.DEFENSEMEN PAIRINGS: The Predators announced Ryan Ellis
    will not be skating over the opening days with an upper body injury that will be
    re-evaluated after a double-header with Florida on Tuesday. With Ekholm and Josi
    at the World Cup, that leaves more skating time for some of Nashvilles new
    defensemen like veteran Matt Carle, Yannick Weber and Matt Irwin. Anthony
    Bitetto and Petter Granberg got playing time last season. Poile said the third
    defense pairing and the spot as the seventh defenseman is wide open.RINNES
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    looking for a new goalie to back up Rinne. Marek Mazanec has more NHL experience
    having played 27 games with the Predators between 2013-14 and 2014-15, and hes
    older at the age of 25. Juuse Saros, 21, played one game with Nashville last
    season. The Predators need one of the goalies to show they deserve to stay in
    Nashville.YOUNGSTERS: As young as the Predators have been over the past couple
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    . PAUL, Minn. TUCSON, Ariz. -- Two games in and Arizona freshman
    Lauri Markkanen is already drawing high praise from his coach.Lauris one of the
    best players in college basketball, Sean Miller said. He is. Hes a monster.The
    18-year-old 7-footer from Finland scored 26 points and the 10th-ranked Wildcats
    held off a furious second-half rally by Cal State Bakersfield for a 78-66
    victory on Tuesday night.Jaylin Airington scored 31 for the Roadrunners (1-1)
    and led a 17-0 run that cut Arizonas lead to four with 9:04 to play. But
    Markkanen sank a 3-pointer, converted a three-point play and made a short jumper
    to lead the Wildcats out of trouble.Markkanen is accustomed to such moments.I am
    used to it, he said. Pretty much my whole life, in big moments, I have the ball
    in my hands.The already short-handed Wildcats (2-0) were without starting senior
    guard Kadeem Allen, who sprained a knee in Arizonas 65-63 victory over Michigan
    State last Friday in Honolulu.Rawle Alkins was 4 for 6 on 3-pointers and scored
    15 for the Wildcats and Kobi Simmons added 13. Both also are freshmen.Dedrick
    Basile added 14 for BakersfieldHaving the opportunity to play a top 10 team is
    going to give us an opportunity to have some confidence coming out of this game,
    Roadrunners coach Rod Barnes said.Airington was 10 for 25 from the field, and
    Miller said its hard to get 25 shots in a college game. It wasnt enough.It was a
    good individual effort, Airington said, but I wanted to win more than
    anything.Arizona was up 44-26 at the half and was cruising along when a tip-in
    by yet another freshman, Keanu Pinder, gave the Wildcats a 53-32 lead with 14:45
    to play. Arizona didnt score for the next 6:46.The McKale Center crowd fell into
    an uncomfortable silence when Damine Durhams basket cut the lead to 53-49 with
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    defenders. Some shoving occurreed with Comanche lying on the court and officials
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    of two free throws with 7:59 left. Arizona got the ball out of bounds on the
    play and Markkanen sank his only 3 of the night to boost the lead to
    57-49.Playing small forward on Arizonas big front line, he drove hard down the
    lane, was fouled and converted a three-point play with 5:51 left and made a
    short jumper with 5:17 to go, giving the Wildcats a 64-54 lead and they held on
    from there.Lauris strong, Miller said. Hes not skinny, hes not thin. Hes 18
    years old buy physically he can take a pounding and I think that really shows.
    He doesnt appear to be 7 foot because hes not a rail-thin 7-footer.His pull-ups
    that he made tonight, watching him go to the free throw line under pressure, hes
    a special, special player.Hes also a great team player and a good student.I dont
    think hes got a B at Arizona, Miller said. And practice-wise hes consumed with
    becoming a great player. Hes one of our teams hardest workers. ... Im so glad we
    have him.BIG PICTURECal State Bakersfield: The Roadrunners were not cowed by the
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    have happened if Allen had been available.PLAYER SHORTAGEThe absence of Allen
    left Arizona with only seven scholarship players with a particular shortage at
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