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Scott Niedermayer and Chris Pronger Conference Call

Thursday, 04.05.2007 / 12:00 AM / News
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April 5, 2007

NHL CONFERENCE CALL

SCOTT NIEDERMAYER AND CHRIS PRONGER

 

Q       Chris, this question is for you.  Just looking back to last year, having gone through the long playoff grind with Edmonton, obviously you never want to be hurt, but were maybe the injuries you had this year a little bit of a blessing in disguise in that they may leave you a little more rested for a long run this year? 

 

CHRIS PRONGER:  I think only time can tell in that situation.  But I felt great last year and now leading into the playoffs this year I feel really good.  So hopefully it's an omen. 

 

Q       Looking back again to last year, what was the biggest thing you learned from that long run, whether it's preparing for the games or saving your energy or anything like that? 

 

CHRIS PRONGER:  Well, I think you have to leave it out on the ice every time you're playing.  Momentum is a funny thing.  You've got to continue to push forward and continue to garner that momentum and stick with it so that you're able to win those key games, those critical games.  The overtime games, things of that nature that continue to give you life and momentum are such a huge boost to teams.  I think last year we did a pretty good job in overtime games and close games throughout the playoffs.

 

Q       This is for both guys.  We just got our playoff preview stories assigned and mine is to try to pick a Stanley Cup winner and explain who is going to come out of the pack.  I don't know if I've ever seen it be as close as it is right now in terms of both conferences.  I was wondering if you guys could lend some assistance and give me a sense of is there a favorite out there, or is it ‑‑ in your vast experience has it ever been this close?  Chris. 

 

CHRIS PRONGER:  I don't know if I've ever seen it this close.  I think it just goes to show you, the moves that teams have made through off‑season moves, deadline moves and obviously drafting, there's a lot more parity in the league.  And certainly with the eight teams that are going to get into the West, possibly having over 100 points, and out East with how tight it is out there, you know it's a toss‑up.  Any team can get hot, much like we did last year in Edmonton as the eighth seed and the previous year, Calgary as a seventh seed.  Anybody can get hot, get great goaltending.  And anybody can go all the way.  From where we're sitting, it's a scary thought but at the same time we're potentially a team that could go all the way as well.  So you can look at it both ways.  But it's certainly going to be an exciting playoff run, that's for sure.

 

Q       Scotty? 

 

SCOTT NIEDERMAYER:  There's not much to add to that.  The standings tell the story there.  There's a lot of great teams out there and the playoffs should be entertaining because of that.  Any one of the playoff series could be extremely tight.  It's definitely going to be a difficult road.

 

Q       My question is for Scott.  When you came to town, how much do guys in Anaheim, were they talking about getting to Game 7 against you guys when you were with the Devils, coming so close to winning the Cup and then falling short?

 

SCOTT NIEDERMAYER:  We haven't talked about it much.  I think probably not a great memory in that sense as far as Game 7.  The whole playoff run for them I'm sure was a great experience.  But I've been on that side of it losing in Game 7 in a Stanley Cup final, and it's a pretty tough feeling, the amount of work and commitment you've put in to get that far and to come up just ever so short is tough. 

But it's, like I said, a great accomplishment to do that.  We're looking forward.  We're trying to do something here and compete as hard as we can, and we haven't really talked about that a whole lot. 

 

Q       I was just wondering if both you gentlemen could comment on having each other's company.  It's very, very rare nowadays to have two really high‑minute defensemen together, and I'm just wondering what you sort of mean to each other in a sense?

 

SCOTT NIEDERMAYER:  Just as a teammate, adding a player like Chris that contributes in all areas of the game.  That's what we like to see.  You like to see your team get better.  You like to see your team acquiring these type of players to help your team be better. 

As far as on a personal level, we play together a bit on the power play.  That's really when we hit the ice together most often.  I've enjoyed that.  We sort of complement each other on what we're able to do, what we bring to a situation like that.  It's been easy and fun .

 

CHRIS PRONGER:  I think it's been a pretty easy transition.  I think we both played, he played with Scott Stevens in New Jersey and I played with Al MacInnis in St. Louis and kind of similar situations, but those players being about 10 years older than each of us. 

So to be pretty much the same age and in the prime of our careers, to be able to go out on the ice and, as Scott said, we really only play together on the power play.  But we're able to learn from each other in practice and throughout the course of the games, being able to play with a player of Scott's caliber and character certainly is something that not only I but our whole team can learn from.

 

Q       More of a follow‑up to the last question, but how is playing 30 minutes game in game out for both of you, what do you have to do to not get worn out heading into the playoffs and also keep up that intensity once you get there? 

 

CHRIS PRONGER:  I think both of us have played a lot of minutes throughout the course of our careers.  We know how to handle it and how to handle those types of minutes, and I don't foresee it being an issue for either of us.  But I don't want to speak for Scott.

 

SCOTT NIEDERMAYER:  I hope not (chuckling).  Like Chris said, we didn't just fall into it this year.  I mean it's sort of something we've been used in those situations for a number of years, and you get used to it.  And maybe there's times where you get a little more rest than some of the other players that aren't playing as much, you try to take advantage of that.  Obviously it's important when the playoffs do roll around that you have a full tank and you're ready to go.

 

Q       Guys, I know we still have a ways to go here, or not all that long, but it's shaping up more and more like you're going to be facing off against the Minnesota Wild in that first round.  If you can, can you give me your thoughts on what facing that squad would be like should that match‑up happen? 

 

CHRIS PRONGER:  Like you said, there's things that are yet to be determined.  I think the best comment I would make on that is every one of the eight teams that's going to be in the playoffs this year is capable of playing very good hockey.  And it's going to be a very tough opponent no matter who it is.  And Minnesota is one of those teams.  They're a great hockey club.  They have a great coach.  And any opponent we have is go be a tough challenge. 

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 31 56 28 87
C. Perry 81 43 39 32 82
N. Bonino 77 22 27 14 49
M. Perreault 69 18 25 13 43
A. Cogliano 82 21 21 13 42
C. Fowler 70 6 30 15 36
K. Palmieri 71 14 17 9 31
D. Winnik 76 6 24 6 30
H. Lindholm 78 6 24 29 30
S. Koivu 65 11 18 3 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 20 5 0 .923 2.29
J. Hiller 29 13 7 .911 2.48
 


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